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Still no Israeli-Turkish rapprochement

Israeli and Turkish diplomats discuss improvement of relations between the two states. Israel allowed A Turkish ship to enter Gaza with humanitarian cargo of medicaments worth $1.5 million. Israel will check the cargo of the Red Cross before Palestinians receive it.

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Iran exposes “Israeli-Turkish plot”

Israeli media have ironically reacted to Tehran’s that Israel and Turkey were preparing joint intervention in Syria. There is even less confidence in assumptions that Israel and Turkey have no crisis of relations, as though it was staged so that Israel could make a surprising attack on Iran from the territory of Turkey.

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A delegation headed by the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Army General Necdet Ozel, has arrived in Azerbaijan, APA reports, quoting the the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces. The visit will last until February 9. The Turkish delegation was invited by the Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Safar Abiyev.During the visit, Necdet Ozel will meet with the president and prime minister of Azerbaijan, as well as heads of the military structures of Azerbaijan.

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Ankara regrets that the UN Security Council failed to adopt a resolution on Syria, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, 1news.az cites Turkish media. Gul said that such a resolution could stop the bloodshed in Syria.The Turkish daily newspaper Radikal said that Turkey could consider granting asylum to the family of Bashar al-Assad, referring to the words of the President.

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An Istanbul court on Thursday charged the former head of the Turkish armed forces with leading a terrorist group and masterminding coup plots to overthrow the Islamic-inspired government, the New York Times reports. The prosecuting authorities demand a life sentence for General Basbug.

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Israeli foreign minister against criminalization of denial of Armenian Genocide

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has made his first public comment on the French bill on criminalization of denial of the Armenian Genocide. Until recently, his supporters from the “Israel is our home”, Deputy Foreign Minister Dani Ayalon and Chairman of the fraction Robert Ilatov, were opposed to public statements.

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Strongly criticizing Russia and China for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turks and Arabs will pay the price for these nay votes, Today's Zaman reported.

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Turkey is against the execution of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Saturday,  Hürriyet  Daily News reports. Mubarak risks receiving the death penalty when his trial ends.

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Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given three hairs of the Prophet Muhammad to the Chechen Republic. Late on Thursday night they were brought from Istanbul to Grozny, Interfax reports."The Chechen Diaspora in Turkey asked Erdogan to present the relics as a gift to the Chechen Republic. Within a month we received a positive response, and today we delivered a priceless gift," the chairman of the Chechen Committee "Sivas" in Turkey's Ayhan Ergyuven told journalists at Grozny airport.

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Russian air company RusLine is starting flights from the North Caucasian city of Nalchik to Istanbul, RIA Novosti cites the company's press service as saying. The company has already started flights from Mineralnye Vody to Istanbul.

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The French Constitutional Council will make a decision on repeal of the law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" before March 1, Trend cites Anadolu news agency as saying on Friday. Votes of seven members of the Council are required for making any decision. According to the news agency it is expected that many members of the Constitutional Council will vote for repeal of the law.

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Swedish MPs have applied to the Nobel Peace Committee to nominate jailed publisher Ragıp Zarakolu for the peace prize, Hurriyet Daily News reports today.The MPs said Zarakolu was a symbol for the freedom of press, as well as a defender of human rights.

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Grozny Terek FC lost to Baku Neftchi FC in a match for  third place in the Akhmad Kadyrov Cup in Antalya (Turkey), RIA Novosti reports.The matches ended with Neftchi winning 3:0. Goals were scored by Slavko Georgiyevsky (17th minute), Javid Imamverdiyev (49th minute) and Javid Husseinov (65th minute).The games will continue with Metallist (Kharkov) vs. Rapid (Bucharest) in the finals.

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SOCAR Turkey Enerji, a Turkish branch of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR), has expressed interest in a tender to purchase one of the sections of the Istanbul gas-distributing company İGDAŞ, 1news.az reports.Kenan Yavuz, Managing Director of SOCAR Turkey Enerji, said that the company will concentrate on the tender, should it be organized. SOCAR Turkey Enerji changed its mind on purchase of a share in Baskent Doğal Gaz, a Turkish company for gas distribution.

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 The European Commission says it values Turkish justice reforms, TRT reports.The Commission called it a positive step. Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, praised the Turkish efforts for democratic improvements.

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