World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's Servet Tazegul won the men's taekwondo featherweight goldmedal at the London Games on Thursday, beating Iran's Mohammad Baghrei Motamed in the final by a score of 6-5.
Tazegul, the world number one and Beijing bronze medallist, defeated Britain's Martin Stamper to reach the final and was the class act of the -68kg category.
His aggression and speed was too much for Motamed, who also lost to Tazegul in the final of last year's world championships in South Korea.
Tazegul dedicated the gold medal to his mother, who died earlier this year.
"I lost my mother two months ago. I really wanted to get the gold for her," he said. "But it was a hard time, I did not train much plus I had the injury."
Rohullah Nikpai, who won Afghanistan's first Olympic medal with a bronze in Beijing, picked up another bronze through the repechage, along with American Terrence Jennings.
"The Olympics are always special, I'm happy. I'll bring this medal back home," said Nikpai.
It is currently unclear if current President Abdullah Gul will seek re-election or if he will make way for PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek presidency.
Prime Minister Erdogan said during the 12 years of his party's rule the economy was never negatively affected by the elections.
Historians should explore the "Armenian genocide claims", not politicians, said Cemil Cicek.
Deputy PM Besir Atalay said the new standing committee of Parliament will also monitor police and para-military intelligence bodies.
Turkey and Twitter have recently been on unfriendly terms due to the popular microblogging site's failure to implement Turkish court decisions that ordered the removal of certain web links on the grounds of privacy violations.
Two gunmen on motorcycle open fire at former MP Yildiz's car, wounding him and his son, while one attacker dies and other arrested.
Turkish FM Davutoglu earlier said Turkey remained faithful to the Montreux Convention that regulates the passage of vessels at Turkish Straits.
Turkish dailies covered Tuesday the visit of Twitter executives to Turkey to discuss legal obligations, the visit to headquarters of ruling AK Party by the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and pro-Russian rebels defying Ukrainian government deadline in eastern Ukraine.
Flights between Istanbul and Simferopol are to remain cancelled till June 26.
A Turkish court decided on the release of six detained police officers.
Around 70% of the tunnel is already complete, and will take about a year and a half to be opened to the public.
Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal.
Turkey's minister to the EU hopes 2014 will see progression in Turkey's accession to the EU.
Turkey and Singapore have expanded their bilateral air services and flight agreement.
Turkish dailies on Monday mainly cover latest developments in Ukraine, Turkey’s PM's speech on the Holy Birth Week of Prophet Muhammad, the probe on defamation against wiretapping case judges and the second tube tunnel project beneath the Istanbul Strait.
Foreign Minister Davutoglu says Montreux Convention is vitally important for stability in Black Sea and security of Istanbul and straits.