Turkish daily newspapers on Friday covered the former top commander Ozkok and his testimony at the ongoing "Ergenekon" trial, Ataturk's adopted daughter and her death after a car accident and Turkish FM Davutoglu's historic visit in Iraq's Kirkuk. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
Turkey's former chief of General Staff Hilmi Ozkok testified as a witness on the trial of "Ergenekon" on Thursday and daily RADIKAL stated that "Ozkok said, 'I realised that plans were prepared by a military staff, they were the two coup plots named Ayisigi and Yakamoz'". Daily HURRIYET quoted former military chief as saying, "When the current government AK Party (Justice and Development Party) came into power in 2002, many of the TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) staff including me felt uncomfortable." "Ergenekon" is a backroom organization charged with plotting to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
Most of the Turkish dailies also covered Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Kirkuk on Thursday. Davutoglu's surprise trip to Kirkuk was criticized by the Iraqi government as the Iraqi government was not informed about the trip. Daily HURRİYET headlined "Surprise of Kirkuk Angers Baghdad", and published, "Davutoglu's trip to Kirkuk province of Iraq on Thursday kept Iraqi government angry and said, "Iraqi government is not approving Davutoglu's visit to Kirkuk."" Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's historic visit was the first visit paid by a senior Turkish official in 75 years.
"Bid farewell to Ataturk's daughter," daily Cumhuriyet headlined over the death of Ulku Adatepe, adoptive daughter of the founder of modern Turkey. The daily said Adatepe was killed in a car accident near Istanbul at the age of 80 and her funeral ceremony will take place in Tesvikiye Mosque on Friday afternoon in Istanbul.
Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has formed a new government on his first day on the job.
Turkish dailies' front pages cover Erdogan's presidential ceremony and Turkish football clubs in European challenges.
Turkey's strong economic performance over the last decade has enabled Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his rule with the presidency.
"Today, Turkey has been born from the ashes, the building and fixing process for a new Turkey has gained strength," newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the presidential oath on Thursday after stepping down as Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Today's newspapers cover Turkey's ruling AK party's congress to elect a new party chairman, and Erdogan's handing over the AK Party leadership to Davutoglu.
The U.S. administration designated Charge D'affaires to Ankara to participate the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Erdogan.
Erdogan said he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday, bringing 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks to a halt in the blockaded coastal enclave.
Today’s newspapers cover Turkey’s ruling AK party’s congress to elect a new party chairman, and thousands of Turks forming what is hoped to be the world’s largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey.
It is not yet clear who he will be meeting during his stay, but there are believed to be no plans for him to meet Turkish Foreign Minister-turned-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The nation recorded 162,445 medical tourists by the end of the first half of 2014.
At least 100 people are arriving from Iraq each day, many of them smuggled across the border by locals, sometimes paying up to $1,000 per family.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it is coordinating with Turkish authorities to find the workers, kidnapped by militants on Monday.
Many Yazidis fleeing from the war in Iraq are also waiting for shelter on the border with Turkey, according to some reports.
The advance of ISIL has alarmed Ankara and its Western allies, forcing them to step up intelligence sharing and tighten security cooperation.