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Turkey is the best route for sending offshore natural gas from Cyprus to Europe, EU Minister MevlÃ¼t ÃavuÅoÄlu said on July 1.
ÃavuÅoÄluâs comments came amid growing expectations that the reserves from the Aphrodite gas field off the southern coast of Cyprus â estimated to be about 200 billion cubic meters â could prove a catalyst for peace and cooperation in the region.
Iraqâs Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Masoud Barzani said July1.
Barzani said the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided following the gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be his party's presidential candidate at the vote this August, ruling AKP officials say.
The widely expected announcement comes briefly after President Abdullah Gul declared he was not intending to stand for a second term in office, amid speculations he might try to do so and could put Erdogan's ambitions in jeopardy.
There is no point in mincing words. Hardly anything has turned out the way Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan and Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄlu had planned, predicted or hoped for in the Middle East.
It is hackneyed at this stage to point out that their âzero problems with neighborsâ approach has been a dismal failure. But that is the case.
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âI have rarely been to a country where everyone is so consummated by politics; thatâs wonderful. Turks love to talk politics, but as an economist, I focus on the structural side of the economy and we accept the environment as it is.â
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The Arab Spring has turned out to be a massive failure.
It did not bring democracy to the Arab peoples.
It brought a new era of coup dâetats like in Egypt, chaos and division like in Libya, and civil war and the decomposition of existing borders in Syria and Iraq.
Greek counterterrorism officers believe a rights committee for Kurds based in Exarchia, central Athens, has been a cover for the outlawed leftist Revolutionary Peoples Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), Kathimerini has learned.
Three Turks believed to be DHKP-C members were arrested in Exarchia on Friday and are to face a court on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos this Friday.
A bill that will allow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan to have 402 advisers has been proposed by Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Bitlis deputy Vedat DemirÃ¶z.
DemirÃ¶z submitted a proposal during a meeting of the Parliamentâs planning and budget commission, while the commission discussed the recruitment of 35,000 public school teachers.
Turkeyâs Kurdistan Democrat Party (T-KDP) has been officially found with the permission of the Supreme Court of Appeals prosecutorâs office. The word âKurdistan,â which is a taboo in Turkey and has been banned in many areas in the country in the past, is being used by a political party for the first time.