World Bulletin / News Desk
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has ordered the opening of former President Turgut Özal's grave.
The prosecutor's office on Monday decided that Turgut Özal's body should be exhumed for a detailed analysis as part of an investigation launched into the 1993 death of the then-president.
The decision follows a report by the investigative body of Turkey's presidential palace in June that found the death of Özal to be “suspicious,” calling on prosecutors to investigate the case.
The report by the State Audit Institution (DDK), which is under the direct supervision of President Abdullah Gül, said there has been no satisfactory investigation into allegations by several family members and lawmakers that the death of Özal, who was Turkey's eighth president, might have been the result of poisoning.
The report suggested exhuming his remains, conducting an autopsy and running a hair sample test to shed light on the allegations. Doctors at the time said Özal, who underwent triple bypass surgery in 1987, died of heart failure.
The DDK launched an inquiry into the former president's death on Oct. 1, 2010, on the order of President Gül in March of that year and announced the findings on Wednesday. The report states the late president's death was sudden as he was not suffering from any chronic disease.
Turkey's strong economic performance over the last decade has enabled Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his rule with the presidency.
Turkish President Erdogan has asked new Prime Minister Davutoglu to form a new government.
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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.
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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.
Turkish dailies on Tuesday report on outgoing President Gul's farewell to the public and to his counterparts, and the dam river tragedy in Turkey's southeastern province of Siirt.