World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's foreign minister hailed the opening of a warmer phase in relations with France on Thursday as a French law on Armenian allegations on 1915 incidents was abandoned, but he received no support for a Turkish bid to join the European Union.
Ahmet Davutoglu was visiting France for the first time since the election in May of President Francois Hollande, who Turkish officials hoped might be more open to the prospect of Ankara's EU bid than predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.
Davutoglu sought to clear the air in the wake of the row over a French law that would have made it illegal to dispute that the deaths of Armenians in 1915 amounted to genocide.
Ankara cancelled all economic, political and military meetings with Paris in December after France's lower house of parliament voted in favour of the draft law.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the law, which was rejected by France's highest court in February as contrary to free speech, was unlikely to be resurrected.
But Fabius skirted the question of Ankara's bid to join the European Union, which was launched in 2005 but has virtually ground to a halt due to a dispute over the island of Cyprus.
"The French government is examining a number of matters inherited from the previous government," he said at a joint news conference.
Fabius hinted that EU membership for Turkey would be put to a referendum, as anticipated by a 2008 constitutional amendment which can nonetheless be overruled by parliament.
"At the end of the day, things will come down to the decision of the people," he said.
Hollande, while running for president this year, answered a question about Turkey's accession to the EU by saying: "It will not happen during the next five-year term."
Turkey would only enter the EU once it fulfils all 35 membership criteria, 14 of which are blocked due to Turkey's refusal to recognise sole Greek Cypriot sovereignty on the divided island.
Greek Cyprus has been divided between the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish north since a Greek coup followed by a Turkish army intervention in 1974. Efforts to reunite the island have so far failed and Turkey is the only nation that recognises the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Greek Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2005, took over the bloc's presidency on July 1, prompting Ankara to say it would suspend relations with the EU presidency during the six-month term.
Turkish Airlines increased number of passengers by a quarter in 2013.
Turkish dailies on Friday cover the top court decision to uphold former armed forces chief Basbug's appeal, which paved the way for his release, and Prime Minister Erdogan's statements during a private TV broadcast Thursday night.
Constitutional Court said rights of the former Turkish army head Basbug's rights were violated.
Three people wounded and 13 illegal migrants captured on boat fired upon by Greece's coastguard near Greek Oinousses Island.
Turkey will hire hackers to identify weaknesses in computer networks.
Poland's President Komorowski, lauded the two countries’ visa exemption scheme and stated that Poland seeks to attract foreign capital, adding: "I think there is potential in Turkey. We can be more effective and stronger together in the third world."
Erdogan says he may seek to have the U.S.-based congregation leader extradited, calls him "source of unrest in my country"
Turkish president Abdullah Gul has signed a decree officially bringing an end to special courts in Turkey.
While Standard & Poor's lists Ukraine and Turkey as highly vulnerable to shifting capital outflows, S&P credit analyst Moritz Kraemer says Ukraine's situation is 'completely different' than Turkey's.
Turkey's energy market attractive as it heavily depends on energy imports but tries to increase energy production domestically.
The explosion occurred when the soldier stepped on a device buried in the ground in a remote area in Sirnak
Fourteen Orthodox Church patriarchs and archbishops gather for 3-day meeting on invitation of Istanbul's Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.
Turkey's constitutional court ruled in favour of former military chief Ilker Basbug's appeal against his detention on a life sentence for plotting against the government, saying his right to freedom had been violated.
Defense and Aeronautical industry increased its exports by 18.3 percent in February 2014.
Turkey's statistics agency, Turkstat, says 2 million 747 thousand people were unemployed in Turkey in 2013, as the jobless rate rose by 9.7 percent compared to 2012.
Turkish dailies on Thursday dedicate their front pages mainly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the 'parallel state', his response to allegations over his interference in judicial process, his reply to whether he will continue in politics as prime minister should the AK lift the three-term restriction on MPs, and the latest developments in Ukraine's Crimea crisis with Russia.