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The sentences read out to the accused within the framework of a military coup which involved the Ergenekon organisation, show the development of democracy in Turkey, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis said, Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

"The court's decisions in the Ergenekon case also contribute to the progress in negotiations between Turkey and the EU in the issue of full membership," Bagis said.

The minister said the Turkish court decided that Ergenekon is a terrorist organisation and no one in Turkey nor abroad has the right to speak out against this decision.


The Turkish Asia Denizcilik Company and Özata shipyard transferred a new ship to Azerbaijan yesterday, Cihan news agency reported on Tuesday.

The passenger ship was built at the request of the Azerbaijani side.

The ship named Mirvari, has a maximum capacity of 650 passengers. It is reported that the vessel was under construction during this year.

The official ceremony of the ship's transfer took place in the Turkish city of Yalova.


Clashes have occurred between Turkish police and Syrian illegals who attempted to smuggle fuel into Turkey, the Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the clashes took place in the Reyhanli region of Hatay province close to the Syrian border. Around eight people were injured as a result.

The injured including one child, were rushed to the nearest hospitals. A criminal case is being filed.


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Anadolu agency reported on Monday .

During the meeting, Davutoglu and Rouhani discussed bilateral cooperation and regional issues.

It is expected that before his departure from Iran, Davutoglu will also hold a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.


A forest area is burning in the village of Gulderen in the Turkish Hatay province, Anadolu agency reported on Monday.

According to the report the fire broke out at night and spread over a large area due to strong winds. Fire trucks, two helicopters and two fire planes were involved in extinguishing the fire.

Forest fires have been continuing in Turkey since the end of last month. Earlier, there were large fires in the forests of the Mugla and Balıkesir provinces.


The State Bank for Foreign Economic Activities of Turkmenistan will enter into a contract as the general contractor with Turkish company Şahin Inşaat Gida Tekstil ve Otomotiw Sanaýi ve Tijaret Limited Şirketi for the construction of an upscale hotel, according to a decree of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.


The new wave of arrests in connection with recent events in Gezi Park has been launched in five provinces of Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Turkey's Security Service representatives conducted operations in the provinces of Ankara, Izmir, Samsun, Mersin and Tunceli resulting in the arrest of ten people.

Detainment operations are continuing.

As reported earlier, 944 people were arrested during the protests in Turkey.


The Turkish Armed Forces have used gas bombs against Syrian citizens who illegally tried to enter the Turkish side today, TRT Haber TV channel reported today citing the website of the country's Armed Forces.

It is reported that around 1,500-2,000 Syrian citizens were detained by the Turkish security forces.

On July 18, there were fierce clashes on the Turkish-Syrian border between the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist organization and militants of "Jabhat Al-Nusra" extremist organization.


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold an extraordinary meeting on July 30 in connection with the situation in Syria and increased tension on the Turkish-Syrian border, Anadolu agency reported today.

According to the report, Turkish Deputy Prime Ministers and several ministers will attend the meeting.

Earlier, an extraordinary government meeting on the situation in Syria was conducted in Turkey on July 24.


It is necessary to liberate the territories of Azerbaijan to achieve peace and stability in the Caucasus, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a briefing in Baku today.

"The OSCE Minsk Group must intensify its efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as unfortunately, there are no results of its long-term efforts," Davutoglu said.

"We are always ready to provide the co-chairmen with assistance and must be more active in the process," Davutoglu added. "A meeting of ambassadors of the Minsk Group member-states may be held."