World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's parliament has given initial approval to a constitutional amendment bringing local elections forward by six months.
The amendment was approved late on Friday by 360 votes, just short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass without a second reading. It will be put to a referendum in 60 days if President Abdullah Gul does not return it for a second debate.
The polls to elect local mayors and heads of municipalities were originally scheduled for March 2014 and are the first in an electoral cycle which includes a presidential election a few months later and general elections in 2015.
The date of local elections will be Oct. 27, 2013, if a referendum or second debate approves the amendment.
"We do not want to announce a certain price yet, we will discuss this issue with Medvedev," said Taner Yildiz.
Turkey's biggest unions declared their determination to hold May Day rally at Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Historians will discuss Armenian genocide claims using findings of international studies.
Turkey’s quarterly carpet exports exceed US$500 million threshold .
Today's newspapers have focused on the dramatic story of Turkey's involvement in the freeing of four captive French journalists held in Syria, the prime minister hitting the presidential campaign trail in Germany and a costly 1-1 draw for league leaders Fenerbahce in their derby with city rivals Besiktas.
Mustafa Kocer deported after being cleared of charge he encouraged anti-government protests.
Le Point magazine journalist Nicolas Henin tells French television channel France 24
Zeybekci says both countries have opportunities to maintain cooperation in tourism, health, informatics, movie and education sectors
Turkish PM Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Cicek share messages of peace and goodwill with Turkey's Christian Community.
Two reported injured in Turkey's district of Hatay, 100 meters close to the Syrian border, by mortar shells fired from Syria.
The vessel was apparently heading towards the Marmara Sea, but no information has been acquired as to its final destination.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Turkey's domestic industry to gain US$16 billion dollars from two nuclear projects
PM says presidential August 10 polls are no longer controversial after Turkish people voted to choose president.
The group was kidnapped in the war-ridden country in June but released and entered Turkey earlier on Saturday
Sub-sea tunnel will connect Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Strait, enabling a 15-minute crossing.
Social media company withholds accounts accused of violating personal rights and privacy days after meeting with Turkish authorities.