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PM Erdoğan to announce ‘vision statement’ for presidency

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will announce his “vision statement” for the upcoming presidential elections with a ceremony in Istanbul today, with the participation of some nongovernmental organizations, academics, minority representatives and artists.

Turkish Parliament adopts Kurdish reform bill

Parliament on July 10 adopted a bill of six articles on reforms to help find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.

The bill will allow the government to take all measures it deems necessary to move the talks forward, including steps to grant amnesty to Kurdish militants who lay down arms.

‘Man with machete’ fined 9,000 liras for injuring woman

An Istanbul court has fined the notorious “man with a machete” 9,000 Turkish Liras, in a case in which he attempted to injure a woman.

Sabri Çelebi, the owner of a shop in a Taksim Square, sparked outrage after he attacked Gezi protesters who were running from the police with a machete on July 6, 2013.

Turkey needs reforms to overcome risks to growth: OECD

The OECD has urged the government to introduce necessary reforms to keep the growth robust amid domestic demand and foreign funding dependence With low domestic savings and volatile external competitiveness, Turkish growth is highly dependent on domestic demand and foreign finance, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said in a new report that urges the go

Turkish FM in Uzbekistan to reignite relations

Ahmet Davutoğlu visited Uzbekistan on July 10, the first such trip by a Turkish foreign minister in 13 years.

Davutoğlu held his first meeting in Taskent with his Uzbek counterpart, Abdulaziz Kamilov, to reignite strained relations between the two countries, with the latter stressing the “historic” aspect of Turkish minister’s visit.

CHP calls for customs minister to resign over shady gold trade

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has demanded the resignation of Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı over shady gold transfers from Ghana to Dubai via Turkey, on the grounds that he failed to open an efficient probe into a mysterious cargo plane carrying 1.5 tons of gold. 

Kurds threaten action against Iraqi oil buyers

The Iraqi Kurdish regional authoritiy warns oil companies against buying Iraqi oil, calling the move complicit as the Baghdad government has not been paying its share of revenue from sales Iraqi Kurdistan has threatened to take legal action against buyers of the country’s oil unless the autonomous region is paid its share of revenue from any sales.

EU court slaps down German language-for-visa rule for Turks

The European Union's highest court rejected on Thursday a German rule conditioning visas for Turks looking to reunite with their spouses to a basic knowledge of German.
The case was brought against Germany by Naime Doğan, who in January last year was refused a visa to join her husband, a 15-year German resident, by Germany's embassy in Ankara.

Turkey beefs up airport security after US warns of bombs

Security at Istanbul Atatürk Airport has been tightened after the U.S. authorities said they were concerned that al-Qaeda-linked militants were developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected.