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The Turkish population disapproves of the fact that boys and girls live in co-ed student hostels in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said, TRT Haber TV channel reported.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the separation of students' hostels for boys and girls shouldn't be perceived as an intervention in personal life.

"Currently, the government is not engaged in this issue, but in the housing will be separated," Bozdag said.

According to Bozdag, this step doesn't contradict the country's constitution.


Students of some Turkish universities held protests yesterday night, TRT Haber TV channel reported today.

According to the channel, protests were aimed against the construction of the road through the campus of Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, as well as cutting down trees.

While commenting on the protests, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that such actions can not stop the activity of the government even if the mosques are demolished to construct the roads or other measures are carried out for the development of the country.


Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (c) has opened its museum's doors for the first time in history, allowing the daily Hürriyet a unique look into the workings of the organization.

The spying instruments used between the Second World War and the end of Cold War vary among nearly 150 equipment from a shoe wedge bug to a weighing machine or a soap, pen, plug fuse, tie, radio, watch that records voices.

The instruments are being evaluated as historical artifacts by the MİT. The MİT was established in 1965 to replace the National Security Service, which was found in 1926.


All Iranians, no matter of their religion, ethnic, sex, or age, will have equal civil rights in the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

Rouhani made the remarks at the graduation ceremony of the students of Iran's Amin Police University, Iranian State IRINN TV reported.

Rouhani went on to note that civil rights are his administration's first priority, adding that the police should help the government in materializing the goal.

"Police should act as the axis of the democracy. Police should work within the framework of the law," he added.


The case of a video named "jihad", spread in the internet, was solved a month ago, Georgian Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili said on Tuesday.

"Briefing on the subject will be held at the Interior Ministry on Thursday," - Garibashvili said.

A few months ago, a video named "Jihad against Georgian forces in Afghanistan" was posted on Youtube. Video contained threats against Georgian troops involved in ISAF mission.


An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the Tuten region, Mush province in the east of Turkey at night, Anadolu reported today.

No causalities or damage were reported.

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit Turkey' eastern province of Mush on September 16.

Turkey is located in a seismically active zone and earthquakes, which often lead to the loss of human life, occur here very frequently. The strongest fluctuations in the Earth's crust in this country were recorded in 1999 in the Marmara Sea. The magnitude of tremors then was 7.4; about 18,000 people died.


A meeting of the regional technical groups on realization of the Action Plan on confidence-building measures and the development of regional infrastructure within the framework of Istanbul process on Afghanistan was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on Tuesday under the chairmanship of the Turkmen side, Turkmen Foreign Affairs Ministry's report released by the embassy of Turkmenistan in Azerbaijan said.


Former president of Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani has met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and asked him to release two of country's opposition leaders, Saham News reported.

Mohammadtaqhi Karroubi, the son of jailed opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said that Khamenei, during his talk with Rafsanjani, said that the country's National Security Council should look into this issue.


There are confirmed reports that Israeli forces have surrounded the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem after it was reportedly stormed by Jewish groups Al Jazeera reported.

Witnesses inside the mosque told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that Israeli forces had detained several Palestinian Muslim worshippers inside and were firing tear gas.

Witnesses also reported clashes between a Jewish group and Israeli forces near the mosque after a number of far-right Jews stormed it.


Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says, BBC reported.

Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, adding to an earlier influx of 7,000 on Thursday.

The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs are struggling to cope, correspondents say.

The UN says the reasons are not fully clear, but there has been a sharp rise in clashes between Syrian Kurds and anti-government Islamist militants.