World Bulletin/News Desk
Europe's football boss on Saturday said Turkey should decide which it wants to host the most: 2020 European Football Championship or the 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's decider between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, in the 2012 European Football Championship, Michel Platini said that UEFA was considering that the 2020 European event be hosted by 12 or 13 cities across Europe.
"Turkey should first make up its mind on whether it wants the European Championship or the Olympic Games. You have a target to reach but you want to follow two ways to get there. Turkey should decide first. But your candidacy process for 2020 European Championship is going really well," Platini said in response to a question on how Turkey's candidacy for the 2020 tournament would be affected by UEFA possible multi-host plan.
Platini also said Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir showed an impressive performance at the 2012 European Championship, adding, "he seized the opportunity he was given in European Championship semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea and he did not disappointed us," at the 2012 European Championship.
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has invited on his followers to attend a conference on disarmament, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency with Kurdish militants, in the forthcoming spring.
Turkish President Erdogan has lately been pushing for a presidential system to replace the current parliamentary one.
The €920 million program aims to provide in Turkey a high level of quality and sustainable employment; and will guarantee decent social protection.
Thomas Melia, US deputy assistant secretary of state, expressed concern about additional authority given to police in new security draft bill.
Akyurek was charged with negligence on the job at the time of the Turkish-Armenian journalist's murder.
Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci appeared to dismiss any suggestion that he might resign, saying that public duty should be performed for the full period in which it is assigned
The new 6.5 km undersea tunnel will reduce travel time between the two sides of Istanbul via metro and highway lines to 14 minutes.
Turkey has chosen a Chinese company as the preferred bidder for the $3.4 billion project but is also pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms as questions remain about the Chinese proposal
Police detained a man, believed to be mentally unstable, for questioning
Friday's dailies mostly cover the Taliban bomb attack on a Turkish convoy in Afghanistan and Turkish football team Besiktas which dramatically beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League.
UN high commissioner for refugees says 3.8 million Syrian refugees are registered in neighboring countries.
Turkish defense contractor Aselsan and French defense contractor Thales on Thursday agreed to install Thales-made Lightweight Multi-role Missiles on Turkish Aselsan's launch-pad
Babacan met PM late on Wednesday, triggering speculation but officials dismiss talk of resignation
A mosque was torched Wednesday near the southern city of Bethlehem.
Premier Davutoglu says such attacks will never discourage Turkey from contributing to maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.