World Bulletin / News Desk
Fenerbahce soccer club of Turkey and Spartak Moscow of Russia have paired up in play-off round in European Champions League.
First legs in play-off round in the League will be played on August 21 and 22 with the return games on August 28 and 29.
The first leg of Fenerbahce vs Spartak Moscow will be played in Moscow.
Fenerbahce had defeated Romania's Vaslui 4-1 in European Champions League third qualifying round second leg game in Romania on Wednesday and reached play-off 5-2 on aggregate.
UEFA Champions League play-off draw
FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland) v CFR 1907 Cluj (Romania)
Helsingborgs IF (Sweden) v Celtic FC (Scotland)
FC BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (Israel)
AEL Limassol FC (Greek Cypriot side) v RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) v NK Maribor (Slovenia)
SC Braga (Portugal) v Udinese Calcio (Italy)
FC Spartak Moskva (Russia) v Fenerbahce SK (Turkey)
Málaga CF (Spain) v Panathinaikos FC (Greece)
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)
LOSC Lille Métropole (France) v FC København (Denmark)
The ten winners will join the 22 automatic entrants in the UEFA Champions League group stage, the draw for which is held in Monaco at 17.30CET on August 30. The losers will take part in the UEFA Europa League group stage. The final takes place at Wembley on May 25, 2013.
The advanceof ISIL insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition.
"Immediately subsequent to the 2015 elections, all parties in the parliament should free themselves from prejudice and come together to write a new constitution based on reconciliation," Erdogan said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "We will fight effectively against both ISIL and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority."
Concerns Kiev could stop gas flow to Turkey and construction of nuclear plant on agenda for Taner Yildiz.
Turkish government's motion for military action against ISIL is extensively covered by Turkish dailies on Wednesday.
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (PYD), a strong affiliate of the Kurdish separatist PKK terrorist organization, asked for weapons from Turley to fight the ISIL.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker called on Turkey to 'lift barriers' for American investment in the country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a special 'solution process council' will guide government's efforts to solve the Kurdish issue.
The newly-submitted motion, seeking parliamentary mandate for military action, cites the rising threats on southern borders as a motive.
A Turkish warship was harrassed in international waters, while a Turkish training aircraft was tracked in international air space.
Turkey's energy minister says the strength of the dollar has made next month's price hike inevitable. But Turkish consumers currently pay lowest prices for gas among EU countries.
Tuesday's papers covered Turkish army's deploying armored vehicles and tanks along the Syrian border after mortar rounds fired by ISIL militants fell on Turkish territory.
Rumors have been circulating the media that the ISIL had surrounded the base at the Suleiman Shah tomb and taken patrolling Turkish soldiers “hostage” since last December.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said parliamentary mandates that sanction cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria will be boosted.
Relations between Egypt and Turkey have taken a turn for the worse since Morsi's ouster by the military.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala called on the UN and nations to assist with the refugee crisis on Turkey's southern border.