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Piri Reis struggles through East Med with faulty engine, report says

A worn-out engine and generator on the Piri Reis, a Turkish seismic research ship that set out on the Mediterranean high seas to drill for hydrocarbon resources, are putting the lives of the crew at risk as the team find itself under pressure due to the political significance of their drilling mission, the Habertürk daily […]

Israel to apologise to Egypt, not Turkey

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets his ministers to discuss the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, on October 11, 2011 in Jerusalem. AFP Photo.

Israel is to apologise to Cairo over the deaths of six Egyptian policeman, according to an announcement which coincided with news of an Egyptian-brokered deal for the release of Gilad Shalit. The apology was expected to be formally extended on Wednesday. In a statement released on Tuesday evening Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israel and […]

French FM Juppe to visit Turkey on Oct.

France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe arrives to attend a commission about Libya at the National Assembly in Paris October 4.(Reuters)

Juppe’s visit is of special importance after remarks made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy over the incidents of 1915. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe will pay a visit to Turkey as formal guest of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Juppe’s visit is of special importance after remarks made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy over the […]

CHP leader says Deputy PM Atalay ‘mole’ in charity fraud probe

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu alleged on Tuesday that Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay warned members of the German-based Turkish charity Deniz Feneri and its affiliated television channel Kanal 7 prior to a police operation to arrest members who were implicated in charity fraud. Kılıçdaroğlu said during his party’s parliamentary group […]

Turkey lobbying hard for Kosovo, says Tirana

Albaninan President Bamir Topi speaks at a meeting in Istanbul. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Turkey is strongly lobbying for increasing the number of countries that recognize Kosovo, according to Albaninan President Bamir Topi. “I had the opportunity to raise [the issue of recognition of Kosovo] with Turkish President Abdullah Gül, who also informed me that he had a discussion with the President of Brazil Dilma Roussef on the issue […]

Iran captured but later released PKK leader Karayılan, report claims

Iranian security forces captured senior outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Murat Karayılan in August but later released him after negotiations with the terrorist organization, a Turkish daily reported on Tuesday. The claim was put forth by Yeni Şafak daily columnist Abdulkadir Selvi, who said Iran was planning operations against bases of the PKK’s Iranian […]

Turkey PM urges Sarkozy for ‘honesty’ in politics

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses on October 11, 2011 members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the parliament in Ankara. AFP Photo.

Turkey’s prime minister on Tuesday rebuffed French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for Ankara to recognise the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide, urging “honesty” in politics. Speaking in Turkish parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised Sarkozy for using different languages when he spoke in Turkey, France and Armenia. “This is not political […]

‘Syrian National Council to send representatives to Ankara’

The al-Assad regime on Sunday threatened to apply

In a move that may bolster the legitimacy of Syria’s present opposition leadership, members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) will send a delegation to Ankara this week to meet with officials from the Foreign Ministry, says SNC spokesperson and Syrian dissident Khaled Khoja. “We plan to meet with members of the Foreign Ministry in […]

İstanbul to host some of Davos meetings

Some of meetings of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering, which is usually be held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, will be held in İstanbul from this year onwards, a WEF member and a former aide to the Turkish prime minister has said. Cüneyd Zapsu said during a television program on Monday […]

Visa regime raise doubts on EU justice: Turkish speaker

Cicek said the Union was “doing injustice” by imposing strict visa procedures for Turkey which is a member of the Customs Union and has been negotiating with the EU for full membership.   Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek on Monday received Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe, or ALDE, […]

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