World Bulletin/News Desk
PKK militants in southeast Turkey have released a British tourist kidnapped by the separatist militant over the weekend, security officials said on Monday.
The 35-year-old man was snatched from a bus on Saturday on the road to Bingol, a town in Turkey's restive mainly Kurdish region, the provincial governor of Diyarbakir, Mustafa Toprak, said.
Security officials told Reuters the man had been released on Sunday night, and the Dogan news agency quoted Toprak as saying he was being brought to Diyarbakir.
Security officials also said they had launched an operation to hunt down a band of up to 15 separatist militant from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) believed to be the abductors.
In a separate incident on Monday, two Turkish soldier was killed in the Diyarbakir region when a landmine laid by rebels exploded.
Diyarbakir Governor Mustafa Toprak told the AA that "two soldiers were killed when they stepped on mine during an operation against terrorist organization PKK in Lice."
Operations have been under way, Toprak said.
Akyurek was charged with negligence on the job at the time of the Turkish-Armenian journalist's murder.
Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci appeared to dismiss any suggestion that he might resign, saying that public duty should be performed for the full period in which it is assigned
The new 6.5 km undersea tunnel will reduce travel time between the two sides of Istanbul via metro and highway lines to 14 minutes.
Turkey has chosen a Chinese company as the preferred bidder for the $3.4 billion project but is also pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms as questions remain about the Chinese proposal
Police detained a man, believed to be mentally unstable, for questioning
Friday's dailies mostly cover the Taliban bomb attack on a Turkish convoy in Afghanistan and Turkish football team Besiktas which dramatically beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League.
UN high commissioner for refugees says 3.8 million Syrian refugees are registered in neighboring countries.
Turkish defense contractor Aselsan and French defense contractor Thales on Thursday agreed to install Thales-made Lightweight Multi-role Missiles on Turkish Aselsan's launch-pad
Babacan met PM late on Wednesday, triggering speculation but officials dismiss talk of resignation
A mosque was torched Wednesday near the southern city of Bethlehem.
Premier Davutoglu says such attacks will never discourage Turkey from contributing to maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Thursday’s dailies focus on Turkish president Erdogan’s remarks on latest interest rate cut, aftermath of military aircraft crash in eastern Turkey and further details on 'Shah Firat' operation in Turkey's Syrian exclave.
Turkish President questions whether central bank was under external influence in a speech given in Ankara today.
Turkish parliament’s general assembly accepts first 20 articles of 132-article domestic security package.
Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek tells Canadian Turks that community groups should become more united.