Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Thursday issues the blast in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and development of main opposition Republican People's (CHP) Party's members list of candidates to its party assembly. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
All Turkish dailies covered the blast in the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed leading Syrian figures, Defense Minister Daud Rajihan, Interior Minister Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sha'ar, Deputy Chief of General Staff and al-Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat and al-Assad's special envoy Hasan Turkmani. YENI SAFAK daily headlined the attack "The Shell finished the Assad".
Another topic that most of the Turkish dailies covered is the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's one-day formal visit to Russia. Erdogan had a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin Palace on Wednesday. SABAH daily stated that Erdogan and Putin discussed the possibility of a transition without Assad. The daily quoted Erdogan as saying "Russia is not taking a dim view of this transition without Assad".
The dailies also covered their Thursday edition with the main opposition party CHP's member list of candidates for the party assembly. ZAMAN daily headlined the situation "The battle for party assembly" and stated that chairman of the party Kemal Kilicdaroglu had looked for having his "key list" elected to the party assembly in Wednesday's round of the party congress.
Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu postponed a trip to France and left for Qatar in an effort to reach ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.
A major operation in Istanbul and other cities sees 22 more police personnel detained and 14 of them have been sent to court.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu three times on Thursday.
"If Israel continues with this attitude, it will definitely be tried at international courts," Erdogan told a rally of supporters in the southern port city of Mersin.
A major operation in Istanbul and other cities saw 104 police officers and chiefs detained and 22 of them sent to the court.
Troubles in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Israel are forcing airlines travelling between the east and the west to fly through Turkey.
"The U.S., Turkey, Qatar and Egypt have been working for the last five days to ensure an immediate ceasefire," Ahmet Davutoglu said
Turkey called on citizens to immediately leave Libya and avoid non-essential travel after airports were closed down due to shelling.
Turkish dailies reported Thursday on the latest developments of the operation in Istanbul and other cities against the police officers and officials in wiretapping probe, the latest clashes in Israel and Palestine and the Taiwan plane crash which left 51 dead.
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'We will continue to remind the world of the blood of innocent Palestinian infants and children,' Turkish PM Erdogan said.
Hamas does possess rockets that can reach Israel's Ben Gurion airport although the accuracy of the rockets does remain limited, the State Department said
Turkey's Constitutional Court rejects an appeal by opposition parties that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should resign to run for president
A woman who was 9 months pregnant was one of 170 Afghan and Syrian refugees saved by the Turkey Aegean Coast Guard.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul reiterated that Turkey s making tireless efforts in order that peace can be re-established in Syria and suggested to the Syrian refugees living at camps in the country that they take advantage of the amenities and opportunities which the government provides for them in such areas as health and education.
Salih Mirzabeyoglu, otherwise known as Salih Izzet Erdis, was locked up following Turkey's 28 February 1997 coup.