DIYARBAKIR - Turkish authorities lifted a punishing curfew on Saturday in the flashpoint southeastern town of Silvan, where Kurdish activists and security forces had clashed. "The curfew imposed on November 3 in three neighbourhoods of Silvan was lifted today from 2 pm (1100 GMT)," said a statement from the regional governor's office.–AFP

– Turkish security forces backed up by tanks and combat helicopters launched a large-scale operation 12 days ago that ended in recent days to retake control of areas of the town occupied by members of the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).