World Bulletin / News Desk
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revised three articles of the Code on Criminal Procedure (CMK) in Parliament on Sunday and, with the new changes, has abolished the country's specially authorized courts.
According to the changes to the CMK, the specially authorized courts will continue to oversee all terrorism and coup-related cases that are still ongoing until a final verdict is reached.
Thus the new amendments to the CMK will not have an effect on cases related to Balyoz (Sledgehammer), a suspected coup plot believed to have been devised in 2003 with the aim to unseat the AK Party government through violent acts; Ergenekon, a clandestine terrorist organization charged with plotting to overthrow the government; and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and other related organizations.
Furthermore, prosecutors have been granted the right to initiate investigations of terrorism or anti-government crimes without acquiring prior permission from a court.
Kemerkoy and Yenikoy thermal power plants located in the south western province of Mugla are privatized for $2.6 billion.
Oil from Iraq's Kurdish region will flow to international markets via Turkey.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been particularly hostile against Turkey and other opposition groups in Syria.
"I don't have any political plan for the future under today's conditions," Gul told reporters in the western province of Kutahya, when asked about a presidential election in August
Turkey's foreign minister says the country is ready to help in any way it can to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and will support any initiatives.
Earlier this week, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev was for his efforts in defending his people award the Medal of State, the highest award in Turkey, in a ceremony at the Turkish presidential palace in Ankara.
Turkish dailies on Friday are covering President Abdullah Gul telling business leaders to "not get demoralized" over Turkey's political environment, remarks by the country's transport minister over the possible pixelation of "malicious content" on Twitter and the ongoing travails of the embattled chairman of scandal-hit Istanbul football club, Fenerbahce.
Turkey will seek a discount in the price of gas it is buying from Russia during planned talks, Turkey's energy minister said
Turkey to lead growth in Europe's aviation sector, according to Boeing's Turkey and North African president.
The Asian region has ever-increasing share in world economy, Malaysia's prime minister said ahead of the FTA signing.
The changes ratified by parliament give the MIT more scope for eavesdropping and foreign operations, as well as greater immunity from prosecution for top agents.
"Do not give credit to other than the official statement," Basci told reporters after his discord with PM Erdogan.
Greek jets locked onto Turkish jets as they flew in international air space over the Aegean Sea.
Turkey has promised to help Crimean Tatars maintain their cultural and linguistic identity in the hope that their language will officially be recognized.
Slowing economies and higher interest rates will drag banks in emerging markets, says ratings agency.
A Greek court refused Turkey's demand to extradite illegal organization member Huseyin Fevzi Tekin, who was detained in his home with ammunition in Athens.