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Main opposition drafts ‘Balyoz plot’ report

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has drafted a report on the Balyoz (Sledghammer) coup plot case, which it has labeled an “embarrassing, coal-black stain in Turkey’s legal, political and military history.”

Turkish Central Bank avoids hinting rate cut at Cabinet meeting, but says ‘all is well’

Turkish Central Bank Gov. Erdem Başçı gave no signals of an immediate rate cut during a critical and much-anticipated presentation in front of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 2, but sought to draw an optimistic picture of the economy.

Erdoğan, a harsh critic of high rates, has been vigorously slamming the bank for “insufficient rate cuts.”

Ankara brushes off Iraq’s Kurdish oil claims

Turkey has insisted that the export of Kurdish Iraqi oil to the world is Iraq’s internal business, downplaying opposition from Baghdad, which has accused Turkey of worsening the row over who controls Iraq’s resources.

Japanese media giant enters Turkish market

Japan Nikkei Business Publications has acquired an 80 percent stake in Turkish publishing group Mutlu Dergi Grubu (MDG), becoming the first Japanese company to enter the Turkish media sector.

Turkish PM's adviser criticizes German media

Turkish PM's adviser criticizes German media

BERLIN -- An adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the German media for their "hostile" coverage.

According to the German Spiegel magazine, Yigit Bulut "cautioned that they should learn that nobody can so shamelessly attack the Turkish state, its government, and prime minister."

Mandic takes gold at tournament in Austria

INNSBRUCK - Olympic champion Milica Mandic has taken a gold medal in the women's under 73kg event at the Austrian Open Taekwondo Championships in Innsbruck.

Thus, the Serbian athlete secured on Sunday another 10 points for the world rankings and strengthened her position ahead of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix that will take place in China in July.

Turkish Protesters Dispersed by Police Tear Gas

Water cannons and tear gas helped Turkish police to disperse demonstrators marking the first anniversary of Gezi Park protests.

Taskim Square in Istanbul, Turkey's biggest cities, was virtually sealed off by 25 000 police preventing citizens from reaching the venue. Armored vehicles had been also deployed to safeguard a ban on gatherings this weekend imposed by the government.

UK Minister for Europe in Serbia on Monday

BELGRADE - UK Minister for Europe David Lidington is coming to Belgrade on Monday to talk with Serbia's top officials about UK-Serbia relations and other relevant issues.

As the Serbian president's office has announced, President Tomislav Nikolic will first receive Lidington, and the UK official will then meet Ivica Dacic, Serbia's first deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

US down Turkey 2-1 in World Cup tune-up

The United States continued their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 triumph over Turkey on June 1.

Suicide attack kills 3 Turkish engineers in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed three Turkish engineers and wounded another one on June 2 in eastern Afghanistan, the latest attack on foreigners in the war-torn country.
It came after the US and the Taliban sealed a dramatic prisoner swap that saw soldier Bowe Bergdahl released for five senior insurgent figures, raising hopes for peace as foreign forces prepare to withdraw.

Polish transition under spotlight on 25th year

Success and challenges behind Poland’s tranformation process have been put in the limelight as part of events to mark 25 years that passed since the country held first elections to transit to democracy Selim Akan Poland will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the historic first free post-war elections on

Gezi lessons to the Turkish opposition

We all know how Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan considered the Gezi wave of protests that shook Turkey for three weeks a year ago.

Turkish EU bid could be cure to Europe’s growing far right

Turkey’s accession to the European Union might be just what the doctor ordered to counter the rise of the far right on the continent, Galatasaray University’s Ahmet İnsel says, noting that it could usher in a period of normalization Barçın Yinanç Last week’s EU elections might ha