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Erdoğan: AK Party not out to establish new status quo with charter

PM Erdoğan stated that the people of Turkey had given Parliament the duty to draft a new constitution in a speech delivered in Kızılcahamam.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, which is working on drafting a new and more democratic constitution for Turkey as part of its election promises, is not out to destroy the old status quo and replace it with a new one, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday. Delivering the closing speech […]

Palestinian prisoners need OK by Turkish prime minister

Palestinian women hold pictures of their jailed sons. Turkey is expected to host a small group of Palestinians to be freed soon. REUTERS photo

Top Turkish officials have been reportedly involved in deciding whether to host Palestinian prisoners who will be deported after their release by Israel A small group of Palestinian prisoners is expected to arrive in Turkey within days as part of the swap deal with Israel if Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives his consent, the […]

Kurdish education brings questions on employment

Artuklu University also founded the first Kurdish department offering post-graduate work in 2009 as part of the Living Languages Institute located in a historic building.

Turkey’s first undergraduate-level Kurdish literature program will start today at Mardin’s Artuklu University. Department head Kadri Yıldırım says a considerable number of students are interested in the Kurdish program, yet many of them are also concerned about finding employment opportunities upon graduation After years of efforts, a number of rejections and strong debates, Turkey’s first […]

Prime Minister Erdoğan lashes out at EU over latest progress report, Cyprus

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) welcomes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) on January 19, 2009 in this file photo. AFP photo.

Turkish prime minister blamed EU for unfair treatment to Turkey in its recently published progress report and warned to cut dialogue with the EU if the Greek Cypriots take over its rotating presidency next year. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the European Union for “slinging mud” at Turkey in its latest accession progress […]

US acts like Israel’s lawyer, Erdoğan tells Obama

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fired back at US President Barack Obama, after a remark Obama made about Turkey’s relationship with Iran in a private meeting late last month, reportedly telling the US president that his country is acting like “Israel’s lawyer.” Davutoğlu, who is currently attending […]

Turkey to host committee meeting of OIC

The 27th meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic & Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will take place in Istanbul between October 17 and 20. The 27th meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic & Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will take place in Istanbul between October […]

Turkish PM vows more democratic constitution

Erdogan said the making of a new constitution was the top agenda of Turkish politics and the national assembly, adding that “a very positive environment existed where everyone agreed that a new constitution is a must.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday pledged to make a new constitution in Turkey that would rise […]

KKTC president’s bank account stirs up controversy

Derviş Eroğlu

Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu’s bank account has led to controversy in the island nation’s parliament, which its Thursday session was scene to a heated debate over the source of Eroğlu’s assets. Eroğlu’s assets came under scrutiny when a lawmaker from the Republican Turks Party (CTP), Sonay Adem, raised the issue on the floor, claiming […]

Hashemi: Sending troops to Turkish border will not resolve PKK issue

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi (Photo:AP)

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi has suggested that sending Iraqi military and peshmerga troops to the border with Turkey will not help resolve the problem of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Hashemi, speaking in an interview with the Anatolia news agency on Friday, began by voicing his sadness over the loss of Turkish soldiers […]

Turkic countries sign deal

Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, four Turkic-language-speaking countries, signed an economic cooperation memorandum yesterday, according to Turkey’s development minister. “This is a first,” Minister Cevdet Yılmaz said at a press meeting during his visit to the Kazakh capital of Astana to participate in a joint council. The parties have decided to repeat the council meetings […]

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