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Turkey Donates Libya Police Cars, Gear

Ankara has presented Libya with 30 free police vehicles and 6,000 police uniforms as part of a host of Turkish efforts to help train the North African country’s law enforcement officers. Speaking at a ceremony yesterday in Tripoli, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan said 1,500 Libyan police would be trained in Turkey between March and […]

Hamas leader visits Turkey

Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is in Turkey on his first official tour outside the blockaded territory. His talks with Turkey’s premier come as his host’s relations with Israel deteriorate after last year’s raid on a Turkish aid ship. Nine activists died in the incident when Israeli comandos boarded the Gaza-bound Turkish vessel to […]

Charter ‘opportunity for Kurdish solution’

The European Commission’s representative in Turkey, Marc Pierini (R) spoke to a group of journalists regarding Turkey’s new charter. The charter commission, made up of 12 members, met on Oct 20 for the first time to discuss how they will proceed. AA Photo.

The European Commission’s representative in Turkey, Marc Pierini commented on the new charter process, saying that the next constitution will be a historic opportunity to accommodate major problems. Writing a new constitution will be a historic opportunity to accommodate Turkey’s major problems, like the Kurdish issue and the coexistence of conflicting lifestyles, according to a […]

Turkey’s MGK to convene next week

Officials said that MGK’s regular meeting for October will take place under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul next Thursday. Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) will convene on October 27. Officials said that MGK’s regular meeting for October will take place under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul next Thursday. The meeting will focus on […]

New charter committee kicks off in shadow of deadly attacks

The12 member charter preparatory commission, led by Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek (C) includes 3 members from each party in the parliament. Yesterday’s meeting started off with opening remarks by Cemil Çiçek and the continued with a closed- door session. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Turkey’s new charter commission has come together for the first time yesterday, following the deadly attacks on security forces by the PKK. “We will carry our responsibilities with common sense,” said Cemil Çiçek, who reportedly will be the chairman of the commission. Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek vowed yesterday that a landmark drive to rewrite Turkey’s […]

‘Internet assassin’ joins swap arrivals in Turkey

Palestinians, who were freed by Israel, react upon their arrival at the Esenboğa Airport in Ankara yesterday. AP photo.

Eleven former Palestinian released by Israel arrived in Ankara yesterday. Amina Muna, known as the ‘Internet assassin,’ unexpectedly joined the group at the last minute after she refused to go to Gaza. A Palestinian woman convicted of luring a love-struck Israeli boy into a fatal trap set by militants arrived in Ankara with 10 others […]

Top state brass, civil society condemn deadly PKK attacks

President Abdullah Gül

Appalled by the killing of 24 security members in simultaneous terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Wednesday, top state officials, party leaders and civil society organizations condemned PKK violence while calling on the nation to show restraint. President Abdullah Gül said those who caused this pain will be […]

Foreign academics discuss new Turkish charter

Turkey’s new charter must be created in a spirit of reconciliation and democracy, according to foreign legal scholars from countries that have all created new constitutions in extraordinary circumstances in the past. “The new constitution of Turkey should be issued with the highest reconciliation possible, by including all layers of society and all political actors […]

BDP: We are faced with political genocide

Gültan Kışanak

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairwoman Gültan Kışanak said on Tuesday that the arrests of members of the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), the urban arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), are like political genocide, aiming to root out Kurdish politics. Speaking at her party’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Kışanak said a […]

Turkish coup general has no regrets about Sept. 12

Retired Gen. Tahsin Şahinkaya

The Hürriyet daily published excerpts from his statement, which was given to Specially Authorized Prosecutor Fikret Seçen at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) hospital, wherein Şahinkaya is receiving treatment. The commander of the Air Force in 1980, who was one of the generals to lead the Sept. 12 coup d’état that same year, […]

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