San Francisco - Governments around the world are becoming more aggressive in asking Google to remove or censor content from its services, the web search giant said in a Transparency Report issued Thursday. Google said the number of requests for removal of content increased 68% from January to June, compared with the last six months of 2012. Google received 3 846 requests to remove 24 737 pieces of content, the report said. Of particular note according to Google was a sharp increase of requests from Turkey, which saw a 10-fold increase to 1 673.Requests from Russia doubled to 257, while the US contributed 545 requests, a 70% increase over the previous period. Court orders arising from defamation were the biggest reason for takedown requests from the US.