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Turkey

17.07.2013

At least seven people were killed and nine others wounded when two groups entered into an armed clash over a land dispute in the eastern province of Mush on Wednesday Todays`s Zaman reported.

The incident reportedly took place in the Bulanık district of Muş on Wednesday afternoon. According to initial reports, the names of those killed are: Bahattin Dost, Nusrettin Dost, Fethullah Dost, Mehmet Dost, Fehim Kundo, Gıyasettin Kundo and Halit Kundo.

16.07.2013

A meeting with a delegation of the Secretariat of the Turkish defense industry was held at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations said today.

According to the report, the delegation was received by Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Faig Taghizade.

16.07.2013

Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis may become the new mayor of Istanbul, Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the information, during a meeting with the members of Turkish Parliament on the occasion of Iftar (breaking fast) Bagis said that perhaps it is the last Ramadan as a Minister for EU Affairs.

08.07.2013

In a move to indicate Turkey's concerns over the unfolding political turmoil in Egypt following the ousting of that country's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, by the military, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the crisis in that country with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday Today`s Zaman reported.

08.07.2013

The Turkish embassy in Egypt began evacuating its citizens from the country, Sabah newspaper said on Monday.

Some 55 supporters of president Mohammed Morsi, who were carrying out protests in front of the state institutions after the morning prayer, were killed by military in the Egyptian capital of Cairo this morning.

24.06.2013

More than 10 thousand people held a sympathy rally in Austria's capital Vienna to support Erdogan in defiance of Gezi Park protests, Anadolu reported.

More than 10 thousand people on Sunday joined in a sympathy rally in Austria's capital Vienna to support Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the face of Taksim Gezi Park protests.

24.06.2013

The process of withdrawal of the militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from Turkey is expected to finish on September 1, this year, Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.

Over the past 45 days since the beginning of the withdrawal process PKK members have completely left the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Van, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Siirt, Mus, Bitlis and Bingol.

The last groups of fighters from the provinces in the Black Sea region of Turkey, as well as the province of Tokat and Sivas, have already begun the process of withdrawal from the territory of Turkey.

24.06.2013

With all eyes turned to Luxembourg, where EU ministers will discuss the opening of a new negotiation chapter with Turkey, a senior Turkish government official has expressed Ankara's hope that "common sense will prevail" to prevent the situation from becoming a deeper problem.

The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU will convene today at the level of foreign ministers, under the leadership of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, in a highly critical meeting where a decision to open the chapter on regional policies will be discussed.

20.06.2013

Turkey is not going to ban social media, deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Huseyin Chelik said on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to him, the purpose of government is amendment of the legislation on social media using practise in the countries of Western Europe and the EU.

Chelik also noted that there was found 105 Internet sites that disseminate unconfirmed information about the events in Gezi park.

Until today there was found 262 fake twitter profile, calling the people to riot, deputy head of the ruling party added.

18.06.2013

Turkey will overcome the events in Taksim and the consequences of these events, Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said, Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the Foreign Minister, the main purpose of the protests in Gezi park in Taksim is to break the will of the Turkish people. Davutoglu said that the Turkish people should not lose self-control and self-confidence.

The protests have been going on in Turkey for more than twenty days. According to the representatives of the authorities, the protests already have anti-government character.