World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that President Bashar al-Assad had created a "terrorist state" in Syria and voiced further frustration at the lack of international consensus over the chaos there.
"The massacres in Syria that gain strength from the international community's indifference are continuing to increase," Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling AK Party. "The regime in Syria has now become a terrorist state."
Ankara initially cultivated good relations with Assad's administration, but Erdogan has become one of Assad's harshest critics since the uprising against him began 17 months ago.
Turkey, struggling to cope with an influx of around 80,000 Syrian refugees, has repeatedly pushed for a foreign-protected safe zone inside Syria, but the proposal has gained little international support.
Turkey has accused Assad of supplying arms to PKK militants who have fought government troops in southeast Turkey for almost three decades, and has raised the possibility of military intervention in Syria if the PKK becomes a threat there. Assad has denied that Syria allowed PKK militants to operate on Syrian territory close to the Turkish frontier.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Turkish president Abdullah Gul has signed a decree officially bringing an end to special courts in Turkey.
While Standard & Poor's lists Ukraine and Turkey as highly vulnerable to shifting capital outflows, S&P credit analyst Moritz Kraemer says Ukraine's situation is 'completely different' than Turkey's.
Turkey's energy market attractive as it heavily depends on energy imports but tries to increase energy production domestically.
The explosion occurred when the soldier stepped on a device buried in the ground in a remote area in Sirnak
Fourteen Orthodox Church patriarchs and archbishops gather for 3-day meeting on invitation of Istanbul's Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.
Turkey's constitutional court ruled in favour of former military chief Ilker Basbug's appeal against his detention on a life sentence for plotting against the government, saying his right to freedom had been violated.
Defense and Aeronautical industry increased its exports by 18.3 percent in February 2014.
Turkey's statistics agency, Turkstat, says 2 million 747 thousand people were unemployed in Turkey in 2013, as the jobless rate rose by 9.7 percent compared to 2012.
Turkish dailies on Thursday dedicate their front pages mainly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the 'parallel state', his response to allegations over his interference in judicial process, his reply to whether he will continue in politics as prime minister should the AK lift the three-term restriction on MPs, and the latest developments in Ukraine's Crimea crisis with Russia.
Revealing the details of his meeting with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu last week in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, Jemilev said that Davutoglu promised that Turkey would get involved if the Crimean Tatars came under threat.
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski was on an official visit to Turkey to discuss closer ties and celebrate the 600 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Turkey's Science Minister Fikri Isik said “Any internal structure in Turkey, referring to a 'parallel state', could not undertake large-scale illegal wiretapping without external support.”
Singapore Airlines and Turkish Airlines agree more flights, new destinations in codesharing deal.
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is not against the freedom of media but it is against illegal attempts by certain media groups.
The revelation comes just a day after Russian warships also made their way through the Bosphorus on their way to Crimea, which lies on the other side of the Black Sea north of Turkey.
Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Russia's decision to withdraw its troops back from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; Russian troops' warning shots at Ukrainian soldiers, and its long-range missile test. They also cover Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's statements during his public address in a local election rally.