TURKEY'S BORDER GUARDS SET TO BECOME OPERATIONAL AT END OF YEAR
Turkey's new special task force to protect borders in the country's southeastern region is set to become operational by the end of this year. The special border guards will cooperate with the National Intelligence Organization in both intelligence sharing and military operations. The new task force will make important contributions to the fight against terrorism.
MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS WOULD QUIT IN CASE OF NO SIGNIFICANT RAISE IN VOTES
Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Wednesday that he would quit as the chairman of the Republican People's Party if he failed to increase his party's votes significantly. "There is no reason in leading a political party if you cannot raise the number of votes it receives," Kilicdaroglu said in an interview.
DRIVERS UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO BE PLACED IN PRISON
A draft law at the Turkish Parliament does not forgive drivers under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Drivers caught with over 1.01 promile alcohol in his/her blood may be punished with a term of three years in prison.
3,000 ARCELIK WORKERS DONATE BLOOD TO TURKISH RED CRESCENT AID SOCIETY
Workers of Koc Holding's Arcelik factory donated blood to the Turkish Red Crescent Aid Society on Wednesday. A total of 3,000 Arcelik workers donated blood to the Turkish Red Crescent.
YOUNG BOYS 2 FENERBAHCE 2
The first leg match between Swiss team Young Boys and Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce in the third qualifying round of the 2010-2011 UEFA European Champions League ended in a 2-2 draw. Emre and Stoch of Fenerbahce, and Dudar and Costanzo of Young Boys scored goals in the match.
ERDOGAN ACCUSES OPPOSITION OF ACTING IN POPULIST WAY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the opposition of acting in a populist way regarding parliamentary immunity. Erdogan said that they should first lift immunities in September 12 Constitution.
TOP GERMAN DIPLOMAT SAYS TURKEY IS ORIENTED TOWARDS EUROPE
Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday voiced support for Turkey's European Union bid, saying "Turkey is directed towards Europe. However, both sides should comply to their obligations." Westerwelle had earlier said in a speech in Germany that Turkey was not yet ready to join the EU. Westerwelle met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu as part of a visit to Turkey. The two top diplomats discussed issues such as PKK terrorism, IHH, a banned charity organization in Germany, and Iran.
AL-QAEDA'S ZAWAHIRI CALLS FOR TURKISH LEADERSHIP OF MUSLIM WORLD
Al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Turkey to become the leader of all Muslims in the world. Al-Zawahiri said Turks during the Ottoman empire had been the protector of Islam saying, "The task of the Turkish people to protect Muslims should not be limited to sending a few vessels to Gaza," al-Zawahiri said in a newly released audiotape.
BERLIN INSISTS ON "OPEN ENDED" PROCESS FOR TURKEY
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday. Speaking at a joint press conference, Westerwelle reiterated his views that Turkey's EU process was an "open ended" one. Minister Westerwelle said that they would be in solidarity with Turkey against terror.
DEDEMAN HOTELS TO GO THROUGH RESTORATION
Turkey's giant hotel chain Dedeman's hotels in Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya will go through restoration. Dedeman Group plans to have sales worth 100 million USD by the end of 2010.
PACTA SUNT SERVANDA IS BASIS
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul. Westerwelle said Turkey was a very important country and its EU process was open-ended. Westerwelle said, "no matter what happens, pacta sunt servanda is the basis for us."
There have been tight security measures in Dortyol district of southern province of Hatay and Inegol town of northwestern province of Bursa. No demonstration was allowed in Dortyol. Interior Minister Besir Atalay who met with officials said incident in Inegol was neither politically nor ideologically motivated, but it was a spontaneous one.
TURKISH ATHLETE WINS GOLD IN 10,000 METER EVENT
Turkey's Ethiopian-born track and field athlete Elvan Abeylegesse became gold medalist in the 10,000-meter at the World Athletics Championship in Barcelona, Spain. Abeylegesse claimed the lead in the last 6,000 meters to finish the race in 31 minutes 10.23 seconds.
GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER VISITS TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT AT HOME
Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias visited Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu over dinner on Wednesday at the latter's house in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Eroglu has earlier extended the dinner invitation to the Greek Cypriot leader, who had turned down all similar invitations by former Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat.
ELVAN EUROPEAN CHAMPION
Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse won women's 10,000m at the 20th European Athletics Championships in Barcelona city of Spain. Elvan finished the race in 31 minutes 10.23 seconds. Elvan won gold medal in the European Championship for the first time.
GERMAN MINISTER'S MESSAGE ON HAMAS
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle who met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul said Turkey's direction was Europe. Westerwelle focused on deepening ties between Turkey and EU rather than full membership. In regard to Hamas, Westerwelle said they did not regard Hamas as political group because it did not keep its distance from violence.
One of the most popular magazines in the world, Newsweek, has made Turkey its cover by saying "Turkey rises". In regard to debates on Turkey's shift of axis, Newsweek said that such debates were wrong and that Turkey was shaping a unique role for herself.
BRITISH GIANTS WANT JOINT PRODUCTION OF SHIPS AND AIRPLANES
Turkey will soon reap the fruits of the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Turkey a few days ago. British companies want to cooperate with Turkish counterparts in the production of airplane engines and ships.
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