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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that he will not restorerelations with Israel unless Tel Aviv apologises, CNN Turk reports.The two states broke ties after Israel attacked Turkey's FreedomFlotilla on 31 May 2010. Turkish vessels were heading to Gaza withhumanitarian aid. 9 Turks were killed in the attack.There were hopes for restoration of ties in December 2010 when Turkeysent two planes with help for Israel during forest fires that killed41 people.

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The Turkish Foreign Minister expressed discontent with earlyinformation about the UN report on the attack on Turkey's FreedomFlotilla by Israel off the coast of the Gaza strip in 2010, Anadolureports.The New York Times reported about publication of a UN report on theMavi Marmara. Davutoglu discussed the issue with UN Secretary GeneralBan Ki-moon. The report justifies the blockade of the Gaza strip byIsrael but condemns excessive aggression.

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Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Minister Selchuk Unal said that aradar within the framework of US and NATO anti-missile systems will bebuilt in Turkey. Establishment of an anti-missile system was approvedat the NATO summit in Lisbon last year, RIA Novosti reports.

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48 Libyans wounded during the revolutionary war have been taken to Turkey, where they will be placed in hospitals as the humanitarian situation in Libyan remains difficult, TRT reports.Libyans and their relatives thanked the Turkish authorities for such help.

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Turkey has warned Israel about postponing of publication of the report on the Mavi Marmara incident. Turkish Foreign Minister said that the day for publication of the UN report will be the last chance of Israel to normalize relations with Turkey. The minister said that Plan-B would come into force unless Israel apologizes, TRT reports.

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Serbian President Milorad Dodik had a meeting with Turkish ForeignMinister Ahmed Davutoglu in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He condemnedTurkey for its policy in the Balkans and anti-Serbian attitude, RIANovosti reports.Davutoglu arrived on August 29 and had meetings with the localauthorities, Foreign Minister Sven Alkalay and High Representative ofBaH, Valentine Intsko.

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UN to assign Turkey to head peacekeeping forces in Libya

The United Nations plans to send peacekeeping forces consisting of 200 military experts and 190 policemen to LibyaThere is information that UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon plans to designate Turkey to manage these peacekeeping forces.

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The embassy of Turkey in Moscow has dismissed reports of the mass food poisoning of Russian tourists in the hotel Alara Park in Antalya, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights.The agency reported that, according to the general consulship of Russia in Antalya, 103 Russia citizens, staying at Alara Park hotel, addressed to the service centre of the insurance company complaining to sickness, vomit and stomach upset. There were no cases of hospitalization.

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Muslims mark Uraza-Bayram (Eid al-Fitr)

Muslims all over the world are marking Uraza-Bayram (Eid al-Fitr), the end of the month of Ramadan. It is the day when Allah sent his first version of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are to do good deeds and express care and support for all people in need.

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The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has said it killed an estimated 145 to 160 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and injured at least 100 in 21 sorties it has conducted in the past three days on suspected PKK targets, Trend reports.The TSK said in a statement released on Monday that Turkish jets conducted what it called "21 effective sorties" between Aug. 25 and 28 in northern Iraq, targeting PKK camps in the Zap and Gara regions.

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Turkey's government is returning hundreds of properties confiscated from the country's Christian and Jewish minorities over the past 75 years in a gesture to religious groups who complain of discrimination that is also likely to thwart possible court rulings against the country, Associated Press reports.

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The Turkish embassy in France has filed a protest note to the FrenchInterior Ministry, due to demonstrations held by the KurdistanWorkers’ Party (PKK), SalamNews reports.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a speech on a TVshow. He said that Turkey will fight global strategies aimed ataugmenting regional conflicts and exploitation of common resources,SalamNews reports.

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