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.
Turkish Statistical Institute releases results of 2014 Address-based Population Registration System.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has visited Turkmenistan to boost bilateral cooperation.
Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag calls reports by international organizations regarding Turkish journalists being jailed for journalism "a smear campaign."
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has termed the incident an "unacceptable breach" to press freedom.
Davutoglu's chief advisor sees 2015 as a chance for both peoples to renew ties and look forward.
EU does not have the luxury not to enroll Turkey, says country's EU minister.
Turkish justice minister believes the US will respond positively if Turkey decides to extend a request for Gulen's extradition.
The invaluable documents that were sold as scrap paper in Bulgaria are now preserved in the Oriental Collections Department of the National Library in Sofia, Bulgaria
Negotiations with Russia about natural gas prices and new gas pipeline route through Turkey's Thrace region look promising, Turkish energy minister says.
G20 2015 under Turkish presidency will include unofficial engagement fora for youth groups, labor unions and business figures.
Turkey will not take any steps which would 'hurt the memories of martyrs,' president says.
New survey of hundreds of people in Turkey's southeast reveal a desire for peace along with language rights and recognition of Kurdish identity.
Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and his delegation attend review to present Turkey's human rights policy and practices.
Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek will attend the first official holocaust ceremony in Ankara.
Basho said it will be months before it is safe to enter the town because buildings must be cleared of bombs.
New members have been admitted to the Peace and Moderation Permanent Contact group with a new initiative set up working on world development and sectarian clashes.