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.
At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and illegally bugging phones
Turkish dailies on Tuesday continued to give wide coverage to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the upcoming Turkish presidential election and a Malaysian airliner which was downed over eastern Ukraine.
Turkey's government announced a three-day period of national mourning, starting on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
The attack on southeastern Sanliurfa city leaves twoTurkish soldiers on border duty dead and injured two others late on Monday.
Dozens suffer severe burns after gas truck explosion.
Turkey's telecoms regulator has blocked access to 110 web sites over last five years for providing illegal online gambling.
'We strongly condemn this massacre, which has reached the cruelest level in collective punishment,' says Turkey's foreign ministry.
Erdogan said he will not act according to conventions. Rather, he will act according to the constitution.
Turkish dailies on Monday focused on Israel’s military operation in Gaza plus Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the upcoming presidential elections.
Erdogan criticized Egypt's al-Sisi, accusing him of blocking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The Kurecik early warning radar system in eastern Malatya province does not share information with non-NATO members, the Foreign Ministry said.
Turkish government has not sold jet fuel to Israel, Energy Ministry said
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the US to contribute to world peace during an interview on Turkish television.
Turkish Prime Minister accused Israel of having "surpassed Hitler in barbarism" through its attacks on Gaza, but warned Turks against taking out their anger on the country's Jewish community
The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said Israelis should "avoid non-essential visits" to Turkey.
A Turkish businessman was released after being held for twelve hours at the Rafic Hariri Airport in Beirut.