World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that what has been happening in Syria is a new Karbala.
"What happened in Karbala 1,332 years ago is what happens in Syria today," Premier Erdogan said at his speech at an international conference titled "Arab Spring and Peace in the New Middle East: Muslim and Christian Perspectives" conference in Istanbul.
Erdogan said that he knew that killing was forbidden not only in Islam but also in all divine religions.
Premier Erdogan said that they would never forget the tragedy of Karbala and that painful incident must be a lesson to all, referring to a battle between supporters and relatives of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Ali on the one side and a military detachment from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph, on the other in 680. Hussein ibn Ali was martyred during the battle of Karbala.
Islam considered human being as the most sacred one in all creatures regardless of his/her faith, sect or status, he said, adding that Turkey did not have any prejudices toward any ethnical origin, religion or any sect.
Turkey is looking good to potential investors according to visitors to the Borsa Istanbul forum in New York.
Turkey's President Gul calls for further cooperation with New Zealand on economy and commerce as he hosts New Zealand Governor-General Mateparae.
Former ministers will attend parliamentary debate corruption inquiry.
"The people do not want to see protesters clashing with police in the street. The people don't want streets scenes dominated by stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails" Erdogan said
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz will open the fair, and International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol will deliver a speech during the opening ceremony.
Country faces challenge of aging population, according to TurkStat report.
Rabaa Rahmoun jumped into the Halic River to save an elderly man from drowning.
CHP's unsuccessful mayoral candidate in Ankara, Mansur Yavas, tweeted that he had taken the battle to the Constitutional Court
Turkey's flag carrier airline company, THY, launches its new route to Stavropol, Russia.
Dailies on Tuesday covered the gun-fight in a night club where a famous Turkish footballer got shot; the government's determination to restrict May Day protests in Taksim Square along with worker unions' insistence on going; the annulment of local elections in the western city of Yalova after a recount following a close race.
The manufacturing sector emerged as the largest recipient of international capital during January and February with $849 million.
Turkey's Supreme Election Board decides to void mayoral election results in Yalova, citing voting by people who were not licensed to do so.
AK Party mulls on narrowed district and single member district electoral systems, according to Deputy Prime Minister Arinc.
Izmir court allows the 'injured party' to attend hearing against 29 suspects being tried for insulting Erdogan on Twitter during Gezi Park unrest.
Prosecutor asks for each officer to be jailed for 56 years for illegal wiretapping.
"We do not want to announce a certain price yet, we will discuss this issue with Medvedev," said Taner Yildiz.