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Gov’t rejects claims that jihadists were treated at Turkish hospitals

The Turkish government has denied claims that it has supported jihadist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), recently renamed the Islamic State.

“We do not have any data in hand on that issue,” Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay told reporters on Aug. 14 when asked about claims that jihadists have received treatment in Turkey.

PM Erdoğan vows to hand over AKP leadership after consultations

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to hand over the leadership of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) after consultations, as he prepares to take over the presidency from Abdullah Gül on Aug. 28.

Parliament speaker tries to avoid controversy over PM’s tenure

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek has carefully declined to comment on controversy surrounding the legitimacy and legality of President-elect and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to resign from his posts as ruling party leader and prime minister.

Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker undergoes surgery in Istanbul after surviving helicopter crash

Iraqi Yazidi lawmaker Feyyan Dahil, who was brought to Turkey after being injured in a helicopter crash while carrying aid to displaced members of her community in northern Iraq, underwent surgery in an Istanbul hospital on Aug. 13.

Doctors have said Dahil had a broken leg and two broken ribs but her condition was not life-threatening. She will undergo second surgery on Aug. 14.

Turkish current account gap at $4.09 billion in June

Turkey recorded a current account deficit of $4.09 billion for June, slightly exceeding market expectations, although it still contracted by over 14.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to figures announced by the Central Bank.

Turkey evacuates 18 more wounded Palestinians

A Turkish plane has evacuated 18 more wounded Palestinians to Turkey, raising the number of Gazans being treated in Turkish hospitals to 22.

Turkey began transporting wounded Palestinians to Turkey on Sunday by airlifting four people out of Gaza.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu ‘worked all night to stop Iraq coup’

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu worked through the night to avert a coup attempt in Iraq when special forces loyal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and armored vehicles were deployed across strategic locations in Baghdad late Aug. 10.

US clears air missiles sales to Turkish army

The US State Department has cleared the way to sell $320-million air-to-air missiles to Turkey, as part of latter’s efforts to boost its security amid rising regional threats The United States has cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) missiles sale to Turkey after the country demanded arms from its NATO ally amid increasing security risks i

‘New Turkey’ needs a ‘new’ party on the left

We have been experiencing a “new Turkey” since the beginning of this week. A “new Turkey” in which president-elect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is destined to become the sole decider for both the future of the ruling party and the country.

The results of the Aug. 10 presidential election give politicians two important messages:

Let’s do e-voting

The voting is over and the winner is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. However, the aftermath of the voting is still chaotic. Every party that participated in the elections is busy trying to figure out what the results mean for their future and how they should proceed into the future. The reason why there is so much debate is the huge number of people who did not vote.

Why don’t Turks commemorate the outbreak of World War 1?

The question in the title was put to me by a foreign reader of the Hürriyet Daily news. It was posed last month, right after the joint commemoration by France and Germany of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Obama tells Erdoğan to stick to his words

Diplomacy is the business of subtly transmitting your messages. It is always what lies between the lines that matters, not what appears on the surface and at first glance. This is also how the White House’s official readout of President Barack Obama’s phone conversation with Turkey’s newly elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday should be read.

Turkey to build camp inside Iraq for Yazidis

Turkey’s disaster agency will set up a tent city in Zakho, northern Iraq, to host around 16,000 Yazidi people who fled the Sinjar region amid ongoing attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).