World Bulletin / News Desk
A political aide to the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said his country was working on a proposal by Qatar for an Arab military intervention in Syria to halt the 18-month-old conflict that killed over 30 thousand people.
Secretary of the Egyptian president, Seyf Abdulfettah, told The Anadolu Agency that "clear boundaries and goals" of a possible Arab engagement must be established, warning that it should not be used as a pretext for "a foreign intervention."
Abdulfettah said Egyptian and Qatari officials were set to discuss the issue soon, adding that Cairo may ask for support from Turkey during Morsi's visit to the Turkish capital.
The Egyptian president was in Turkey on Sunday to attend a congress of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and he was expected to meet with senior Turkish officials later.
Earlier this week, Qatar's Emir Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani called for a political and military coalition of Arab nations to intervene in Syria during a UN meeting in New York.
"We have used all available means to get Syria out of the cycle of killing, but that was in vain. In view of this, I think it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria," al-Thani said in an address to the UN General Assembly.
"Today, Turkey has been born from the ashes, the building and fixing process for a new Turkey has gained strength," newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote.
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.
Today’s newspapers cover Turkey’s ruling AK party’s congress to elect a new party chairman, and thousands of Turks forming what is hoped to be the world’s largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey.
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.
The firms were asked to extend their bids until the end of the year, the Defence Undersecretariat said in a statement.
Turkish Union of Bars head Metin Feyzioglu said he will attend a new legal year ceremony and speak, after President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not attend in case of a Feyzioglu address.