THEY'LL TAKE OATH TO GO TO QANDIL
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which boycotted the Parliament and did not take oath after June 12 general elections, is changing its attitude. The parliamentarians including BDP Group Chairman Selahattin Demirtas are expected to come to the Parliament on October 1. It was claimed that BDP deputies would take oath and 'wear political immunity shield', and then go to the north of Iraq to visit Qandil where Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) recently launched an operation on PKK terrorists.
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ADJUSTMENT IN AUG.30 CEREMONIES
A first will happen during the ceremonies to celebrate August 30 Victory Day this year. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, with the title of commander-in-chief, will accept the greetings instead of Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel. It was claimed that this adjustment was offered by Gen. Ozel.
PROBE APPEAL FOR ALLEGED VOICE RECORDINGS OF FORMER MILITARY CHIEF
A group of Turkish activists has appealed to a prosecutor's office in Istanbul to launch a probe into voice recordings that were released on the Internet allegedly belonging to the Turkey's former chief of the military staff, Gen. Isik Kosaner. On the recordings, a man believed to be Kosaner is heard speaking on the military's "deficiencies" in the fight against PKK terrorism, and alleged coup plots against the government.
TOUGH RIVALS FOR BESIKTAS ON EUROPA LEAGUE
Besiktas will play against Dinamo Kyiv of Ukraine, Stoke City of England and Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel this year in UEFA Europa League. The group stage draw was made in Monaco on Friday. First matches will be played on September 15 and the cup winner will be named in the final on May 19.
SECURITY FORCES CAPTURES 39 INCLUDING CUKURCA ATTACKERS
Turkish security forces have detained 39 people including PKK terrorists who had killed eight troops and a village guard in the southeastern town of Cukurca two weeks ago.
BDP SAYS WILL SHOW AT PARLIAMENT
The opposition Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, has said its lawmakers could quit a boycott of Turkish parliament on October 1, the opening day of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. "We should seek the right time and grounds to return to the parliament. And the right time seems to be October 1," BDP lawmaker Hamit Geylani said.
TURKEY SLAMS CLAIM ITS WARPLANES HIT CIVILIANS IN NORTHERN IRAQ
Turkey has lashed out at Iraqi government over allegations that Turkish warplanes had killed civilians in an air offensive on targets of the terrorist organization PKK in the country's north last week. Iraq's ambassador in Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry headquarters, and he was given a diplomatic note. Turkish military staff released satellite footage Friday of an area where Iraqi authorities who had claimed that Turkish warplanes hit a car and killed seven civilians. The Turkish military said an impact crater with a diameter of eight meters would have been occurred had the car been hit by a guided missile. The footage shows no such impact crater but only a burnt down car near the concrete walls on road side which remains intact.
PROSECUTOR DEMANDS 15 YEARS OF PRISON FOR TWO JOURNALISTS IN ERGENEKON CASE
A prosecutor asked for prison terms up to 15 years for journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, who were detained in an investigation into the Ergenekon, an alleged clandestine network with links to the military and security forces. The two journalists are charged of aiding a terrorist organization. Sener and Sik are behind bars since February.
ALLEGATIONS ON 'CIVILIANS WERE KILLED' GROUNDLESS
The claims of Baghdad administration that civilians were hit and a 7-member family was killed during the operation of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on Qandil were revealed to be groundless. Turkey responded to the claims by showing the photos which were taken from an aircraft during the operation. Turkey showed that the vehicle which was claimed to be hit was very far from the real targets.
POLICE BARRICADE TO TEACHERS
National Education Ministry appointed teachers to 11,475 vacant positions. Thousands of teacher candidates, who were not appointed to the posts, gathered at Ankara's Guvenpark, and protested the ministry. Security forces put barricades to prevent protestors marching to the building of National Education Ministry. Teacher candidates reacted the security forces with applause and whistles.
SEVEN INTELLECTUALS, ONE DEMAND
Seven intellectuals including businessman Ishak Alaton and Nobel prize winner author Orhan Pamuk called for peace during the Ramadan festival. They said that Kurdish issue could be solved through hand-shaking, not through clashes.
PROSECUTORS OF DENIZ FENERI CASE REMOVED
Prosecutors Nadi Turkaslan, Mehmet Tamoz and Abdulvahap Yaren, who carried out an investigation against Deniz Feneri e.V. --a Germany-based charity organization charged of syphoning millions of euros-- had been dismissed. Upon an appeal by defendants, Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, or HSYK, launched an inspection and assigned two inspectors. Two new prosecutors were appointed to carry out the case.
TURKISH PREMIER PLEDGES EXTENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE AID TO SOMALIA
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to help famine-stricken Somalia in rebuild its almost non-existing infrastructure, saying, "Turkey will leave its mark on Somalia." Erdogan said Turkey would open an embassy in the country in the shortest possible time. "We are no more a country that needs help but a country that extends a helping hand to those in need. We will set an example for other nations in helping Africa," he said.
HIGH BOARD REMOVES PROSECUTORS PROBING CHARITY FRAUD
Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, or HSYK, dismissed three prosecutors investigating fraud in Deniz Feneri e.V., a Germany-based charity organization charged of syphoning millions of euros. HSYK removed prosecutors Nadi Turkaslan, Mehmet Tamoz and Abdulvahap Yaren from the case on an appeal by lawyers of the defendants.
FENERBAHCE BIDS DROP TO LOWER LEAGUE
Turkish premier league winners Fenerbahce have appealed to Turkey's football governing body to be dropped to the second division after they were banned from playing at the Champions League due to an ongoing investigation into a match-fixing scandal that involved club heads, managers and players. Fenerbahce's Vice President Ali Koc asked officials from the Turkish Football Federation to explore prospects of playing at the Bank Asya First League during a meeting on Friday.
PLATINI: FENERBAHCE SUPPORTERS WOULD HANG ME
UEFA President Michel Platini, who played the major role in Turkish champions Fenerbahce's withdrawal from the Champions League, told Reuters regarding the match-fixing investigation in Turkey, "when I was a player, they loved me in Fenerbahce, but if I went back there now they would hang me. There is nothing glamorous about being the president of FIFA, or UEFA -- it comes with a lot of responsibilities and one of those is to maintain the integrity of the game."
GUL TELLS HIS TERM IN OFFICE
Anadolu Agency made a different implementation and announced that it would serve an interview it already made with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. In the interview, Gul conveyed his views about his presidency term as well as whether it was five or seven years.
373 MLN TL TO SOMALIA
The assistance, which has been collected to help Somalia that was hit by famine and drought, exceeded 373 million Turkish Lira (TL). Turk Telekom and its personnel donated 1.5 million TL. Meanwhile, Askon (Anatolian Lions Businessman Association) sent 13 trucks of assistance to Somalia. (one USD equals 1.756 TL)
ERDOGAN'S TRICK TO SARKOZY'S SHOW
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who did not invite Turkey to a meeting in March ?during which leaders decided to launch an operation on Libya-, changed his attitude and invited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the leaders' summit which will take place in Paris on September 1. However, Erdogan was not deceived this time, and he rejected the invitation. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will represent Turkey in the summit.
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