World Bulletin / News Desk
A statement from the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has denied claims by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), that MİT has been wiretapping him, his family members and some deputies from his party.
The statement reads: “The claims voiced by CHP leader and party spokesman, alleging that the CHP leader, his family and some deputies [from the CHP] have been subjected to wiretapping and technical surveillance by MİT do not reflect reality. Moreover, considering that MİT's duties are determined by law, the alleged acts are not among the duties of the organization.”
Kılıçdaroğlu told a Turkish newspaper on Tuesday: “I have been receiving tips about technical surveillance [by MİT]. Telephone conversations had by me, my wife and my children are being wiretapped. We are also being followed. This is not something I am saying for the first time. I talked about it before, too.”
An quick response to MİT came from Kılıçdaroğlu on Wednesday afternoon, saying that he was not surprised by the statement. “What can they say? Can they say that they are wiretapping me? They can't, because it is illegal.” However, he noted that he is not going to resort to legal proceedings.
Turkish defense industry exports increased by 21 percent in January-August period reaching over $1 billion, according to the national association of exporters.
High inflation figures are largely related to food prices, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.
Turkish Aerospace Industries handed last four of modernized F-16 fighters to Pakistan in a ceremony in Ankara on Tuesday.
Tuesday's newspapers cover the corruption probe targeting President's Erdogan's son, PM Davutoglu’s unveiling of the new government program as well as more detentions in Turkey’s ‘wiretapping’ sweep.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry urged Israel to withdraw their decision and stick to international law.
'To open the Halki Seminary (historic theological Greek school) is easy, but Greek side should take similar steps,' said President Erdogan.
The Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced a 5.2 percent rise in exports for August.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected claims about the country’s general consulate staff in Mosul, who have been kept hostage by rebels in Iraq since June 11.
New Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu outlined the coming government’s program, highlighting the resolution of the Kurdish question.
The programme put emphasis on a strong economy, envisaging a monetary policy which stepped up the struggle against inflation but also supported growth and employment
Erdogan and Davutoglu, who was appointed prime minister last week, have both made clear that their efforts to curb Gulen's influence will continue in their new roles
Amasya MP Mehmet Naci Bostanci is elected ruling AK Party's new parliamentary group deputy chairman.
Turkey's President Erdogan made his first foreign visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as president on Monday.
Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new cabinet, government spokesman Bulent Arinc said
Monday's newspapers cover German weekly Der Spiegel’s claims on foreign spying on Turkey, Turkish intelligence service’s purchase of a lie detector and ongoing construction works of Turkey’s Eurasia Tunnel Project.
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will discuss the issue of spying claims on Turjey with American and German leaders at the upcoming NATO summit and U.N. general assembly.