World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday in a historic visit paid by a senior Turkish official in 75 years.
Davutoglu's visit follows his meeting in Irbil with Massoud Barzani, leader of the regional administration in Iraq's north.
The Turkish minister, who is the first ever top Turkish diplomat to visit Kirkuk, is expected to hold a series of talks in he city, which is also the home of a sizeable population of Turkmens, ethnic kin of the Turks.
"I am happy to be the first Turkish foreign minister to visit Kirkuk in 75 years. Kirkuk will be an eternal city of peace in Iraq where our Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab brothers live," Davutoglu tweeted on Thursday.
Turkish diplomatic sources have said Davutoglu's visit was long planned but it was kept secret due to security reasons.
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.
At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and illegally bugging phones
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.