Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

WORLD [Derived Headline]

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BOY'S DEATH SPARKS PROTEST IN TURKEY

ANKARA, Turkey - Protesters in Turkey defied arrests and tear gas as they marched in Istanbul and Ankara during a funeral today for a teenage boy who died from injuries sustained in a police crackdown last year.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Ankara for a memorial service being held to coincide with the funeral in Istanbul for 15-year-old Berkin Elvan.

Police arrested as many as 200 people overnight as they tried to stop protests across the country, NTV television said today.

The death of Berkin on Tuesday, nine months after he was struck in the head by a tear-gas canister while shopping for bread, added to anger at the government over corruption allegations.

Police used tear gas and water cannons Tuesday against thousands of demonstrators around Istanbul's Taksim Square and Kizilay Square in Ankara in scenes reminiscent of last summer's wave of unrest. Protesters shouted slogans denouncing the police for Berkin's death and the government for corruption.

A scandal that broke out in December has led to the resignation of three ministers named in a graft probe, and leaked wiretaps have implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, members of his family and allies in the business world.

TOILET DOOR SHOWN AT PISTORIUS TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyer today tried to cast doubt on the competence of a South African police forensic expert who testified at the athlete's murder trial, where a toilet door and a cricket bat from Mr. Pistorius' home were introduced in the courtroom for a partial re-enactment of events on the night that Mr. Pistorius killed his girlfriend.

Police Col. J.G. Vermeulen testified about the bullet-marked door, a critical piece of evidence in the case against the double- amputee Olympian, who fired through the door on Feb. 14, 2013, killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux raised questions about possible contamination of evidence related to police handling of the door. Mr. Roux also suggested Col. Vermeulen did not consider Mr. Pistorius' version of events, despite the colonel's assertion that he acted objectively in his investigation. …

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