World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in initial comments on the overnight slaying of three Kurdish women in Paris that the killings may be the work of groups opposed to ongoing peace talks in Turkey to disarm the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Speaking from Senegal, Erdoğan said that the government is determined to take “well-intentioned steps” on the Kurdish issue until they become successful.
Noting that the incident may also be a result of an intra-PKK conflict, Erdoğan called for patience until light shed on the killings. The Turkish government announced last week that it was conducting talks with the jailed leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, to broker a deal for the disarming of the militant group.
The PKK chief was captured in 1999, and has since been imprisoned on İmralı Island off the İstanbul coast in the Marmara Sea.
As part of this newly revived peace process, Öcalan also came together last week with two Kurdish politicians, a meeting in which he gave the message that politicians should do whatever is necessary to enable peace.
Turkish defense industry exports increased by 21 percent in January-August period reaching over $1 billion, according to the national association of exporters.
High inflation figures are largely related to food prices, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.
Turkish Aerospace Industries handed last four of modernized F-16 fighters to Pakistan in a ceremony in Ankara on Tuesday.
Tuesday's newspapers cover the corruption probe targeting President's Erdogan's son, PM Davutoglu’s unveiling of the new government program as well as more detentions in Turkey’s ‘wiretapping’ sweep.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry urged Israel to withdraw their decision and stick to international law.
'To open the Halki Seminary (historic theological Greek school) is easy, but Greek side should take similar steps,' said President Erdogan.
The Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced a 5.2 percent rise in exports for August.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected claims about the country’s general consulate staff in Mosul, who have been kept hostage by rebels in Iraq since June 11.
New Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu outlined the coming government’s program, highlighting the resolution of the Kurdish question.
The programme put emphasis on a strong economy, envisaging a monetary policy which stepped up the struggle against inflation but also supported growth and employment
Erdogan and Davutoglu, who was appointed prime minister last week, have both made clear that their efforts to curb Gulen's influence will continue in their new roles
Amasya MP Mehmet Naci Bostanci is elected ruling AK Party's new parliamentary group deputy chairman.
Turkey's President Erdogan made his first foreign visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as president on Monday.
Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new cabinet, government spokesman Bulent Arinc said
Monday's newspapers cover German weekly Der Spiegel’s claims on foreign spying on Turkey, Turkish intelligence service’s purchase of a lie detector and ongoing construction works of Turkey’s Eurasia Tunnel Project.
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss the issue of spying claims on Turjey with American and German leaders at the upcoming NATO summit and U.N. general assembly.