World Bulletin/News Desk
Europe's football boss on Saturday said Turkey should decide which it wants to host the most: 2020 European Football Championship or the 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's decider between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, in the 2012 European Football Championship, Michel Platini said that UEFA was considering that the 2020 European event be hosted by 12 or 13 cities across Europe.
"Turkey should first make up its mind on whether it wants the European Championship or the Olympic Games. You have a target to reach but you want to follow two ways to get there. Turkey should decide first. But your candidacy process for 2020 European Championship is going really well," Platini said in response to a question on how Turkey's candidacy for the 2020 tournament would be affected by UEFA possible multi-host plan.
Platini also said Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir showed an impressive performance at the 2012 European Championship, adding, "he seized the opportunity he was given in European Championship semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea and he did not disappointed us," at the 2012 European Championship.
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.