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Turkey led all of Europe in terms of the number of cases at the European Court of Human Rights that were related to violations of rights between 1959 and 2010, according to recent figures released by the court, Hurriyet Daily News reports. The most violated right in Turkey is the right to be judged fairly, according to the statistics.

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Turkey’s main opposition party’s deputy head said relations with the United States are “warm but shallow” during a visit to Washington, aimed at understanding the US stance on international issues, Hurriyet Daily News reports on Tuesday.

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The capital of Qatar, Doha, is hosting a summit of the Alliance of Civilizations with 1,000 people attending, TRT Russian reports.The summit will stress on events in the Middle East and the Arab Spring. Turkey will be represented by Vice-Premier Besir Atalay.

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Turkey may give permission for the construction of the "South Stream" gas pipelinebefore the end of December.As reported YuGA.ru, in September at the International InvestmentForum "Sochi-2011" Russian Gazprom, the Italian Eni, the French EdFand Germany's Wintershall have signed a shareholders' agreement forthe construction of gas pipeline South Stream from Russia to Europevia the Black Sea.In total, the project involves companies from 11countries.

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Togrul Ismail: the role of Turkey in the region is growing

Turkey is becoming a regional power, which results in a significantintensification of its foreign policy activity. This was stated in aninterview with Vestnik Kavkaza, said the associate professor ofinternational relations at the University of Economics and Technology(Ankara) Togrul Ismail.

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Romanian President Traian Basescu will arrive in Turkey today to meet President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, TRT reports.They will have a closed-door meeting. The Romanian delegation will meet the Turkish government. A joint press conference will conclude the visit.

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SOCAR (State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic) President Rovnag Abdullayev said that his company had started construction of a refinery in Izmir (Turkey), 1news.az reports.

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While Ankara has no desire to interfere in Syria's internal affairs, it has a duty to tell stop Damascus, if it threatens Turkey's security by fighting its own people and forcing people to flee the country, Turkish Foreign Minister, Professor Ahmet Davutoglu says, Reuters informs.

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The Batumi International Airport has had flights cancelled due to bad weather conditions, Trend reports.Flights were cancelled to Istanbul, Ankara, Odessa, Moscow, Minsk, Kiev and Tbilisi. The airport still allows arriving planes to land.

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul has been invited by Austrian President Heinz Fischer to attend the 4th World Political Conference. The previous conference was held in various cities in 2008. The French Institute for International Relations and state officials will discuss the Arab Spring, the global economy, disasters of the world and other issues.

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The Turkish military denied on Thursday it was using chemical weapons in its fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party and said it did not even possess such arms, Hurriyet Daily News reports."There have been no chemical weapons or ammunition registered in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces," Turkish General Staff said.

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World Press on Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus (December 7-8, 2011)

According to Russian media, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today accused the United States of stirring up controversy over Russia's polls and warned those protesting the result they would be punished if they broke the law. The US criticism "had set the tone for some people inside the country and given a signal," Putin said.

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Turkey and Tajikistan are going to establish a joint machinery plant, Trend cites the Haberler news agency.Turkish company Era will produce machinery for hydropower plants in Tajikistan. The corresponding agreement was signed by Tajik Energy and Industry Minister Khayrullo Makhmudollayev and general director of the Era company Allay Unal.

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There are rumours among Israeli politicians that the Turkish prime minister has a serious illness

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The co-chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Palrmiamentray Committe, Afif Demirkiran, said on Wednesday that Turkey would not attend European Council's meeting chaired by Greek Cyprus, the Anadolu news agency reports."We will freeze our relations with the council," Dimirkira told reporters."The Cyprus problem has seriously blocked the EU-Turkey relations," he added. 

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