World Bulletin / News Desk
Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel paid a visit to the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at the CHP headquarters in Ankara on Thursday.
In an earlier statement, Kılıçdaroğlu said he had paid a visit to the chief of General Staff in the past, and that Özel would be paying him a courtesy visit on Thursday.
Özel was welcomed by CHP spokesman Haluk Koç at the party's headquarters, and Koç accompanied the military chief to Kılıçdaroğlu's office. News sources said the CHP chairman and the chief of General Staff discussed escalating acts of PKK in Turkey. Neither Kılıçdaroğlu nor Özel made a statement after the meeting, which lasted around one-and-a-half hours.
The militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been targeting security forces in the eastern and western parts of Turkey. On Thursday, one soldier was killed in an explosion when PKK militants attacked a military vehicle in the western province of İzmir. Earlier this week, six soldiers and two village guards were killed by militants of the same group who attacked four military outposts in the southeastern province of Hakkari.
Özel's visit came amidst claims of tension between him and the CHP leader.
There have been reports in the Turkish media that the CHP leader is at odds with the military chief, and as a result did not shake hands with Özel at the funeral of a Turkish soldier killed by PKK earlier this week.
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.
Syrian refugee: “Syrians brought dynamism to trade here in Gaziantep”.
'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.
High-speed rail project linking Ankara and Istanbul to be opened on Friday after latest delays blamed on May sabotage.
Turkey's Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said a ceasefire must be declared at once between Palestine and Israel and demanded an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.