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Erdogan and Otunbayeva have telephone conversation

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered help in any issues in his telephone conversation with the head of Kyrgyz interim government, Roza Otunbayeva, Trend reports.The premier emphasized the need to prevent further bloodshed in Kyrgyzstan.

International summit of Arab bank sector opened in Istanbul

Heads of Arab banks, holding $2 trillion dollars in reserve, met inIstanbul. The International summit of the Arab banking sector willdiscuss the opportunities for cooperation in the process of coming outof the crisis, TRT reports.

Turkey loses trial to Patriarch of Constantinople

Judges of the European Court made a unanimous decision that the Turkish authorities must hand back the property of the Patriarch of Constantinople, the Greek refuge on Byuyukada Island.For the first time Turkey has to return the building in full and there will be no alternatives, such as paying compensation to the religious community, Blagovest-info reports.Patriarch Bartholomew I declared earlier that they will establish a church center for environmental protection and interreligious dialogue.

Direct flights between Istanbul and Nakhchivan

Flights from Nakhchivan to Istanbul will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 06.00 and on Thursdays at 20.30. Return tickets cost $160, APA reports.

Saudi Arabia to build car plant in Turkey

The Industry and Trade Minister of Turkey, Nihat Ergin, and his counterpart from Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Zeinel Ali Ryza, have met in Kocaeli, TRT reports. After the meeting the Turkish Industry Minister stated that both countries are planning to increase the volume of trade turnover and Saudi Arabia proposed investing in the construction of a car plant in Turkey.

Expecting more

Expecting more

The first games of the World Cup in South Africa have disappointed those who expected to see top quality football

Turkish Foreign Minister meets ambassadors of US, UK, Germany and France

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu has met with the US, UK, German and French ambasadors in Ankara, TRT Russian reports. At the meeting in the Foreign Ministry Davutoglu expressed the position of Turkey on Israel's attack on the aid flotilla and Iran's nuclear programme.

Representative of Turkish government arrives in Kyrgyzstan

A special representative of the Turkish government, Fatih Jeylan, arrived in Kyrgyzstan to study the situation in the country and develop measures to help the republic. According to RIA Novosti, the representative met the head of interim government of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev.There were interethnic fights between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the city of Osh in the center of Jalal Abad region resulting in 187 people dead and 2000 wounded.

Turkish army carries out land-air operation in North Iraq

The Turkish army carried out a land-air operation in northern Iraq against bases of the Kurdish Workers' Party (the PKK), RIA Novosti reports, citing the General Headquarters of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Nakhchyvan will connect Turkey and Iran

Turkey andIran will have a railroad connection through theAzerbaijani city of Nakhchyvan, the Turkish Minister of Transport andCommunication Binali Yildirim stated at the opening of the newinternational terminal of the airport in Iglyr, 1news.az reports,citing Haberler.com.

Russia to participate in AA complex supply of Turkey

The head of Rosoboronexport (Russian Defense Export), Anatoliy Isaykin, reported that Russia will participate in the tender for supplying Turkey with AA missile complexes and offer to purchase the S-300, RIA Novosti reports.Isaykin said that Turkey has demand for high radius AA missile complexes like the S-300 and S-400. Several western companies will compete.Isaykin added that there are no problems with fulfilling the contract with Venezuela to ship S-300 complexes.

Railroad transportation to be opened between Turkey and Pakistan

A railroad rout between Turkey, Pakistan and Iran will be opened in August. This was announced by the Iran News, citing Brititsh media.Earlier representatives of the three states have signed a deal on reconstruction and modernization of the railroad amounting $20 billion.

Turkey expects investments from South Korea

A cooperation agreement between Turkey and South Korea was signedduring Turkish President Abdullah Gul's visit to South Korea, TRTreports.Gul was welcomed by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the 'BlueHouse' palace. They discussed economic and energy issues and signed 4agreements. Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources TannerYildiz noted in his interview with TRT that the agreement he signedwith his South Korean counterpart will be finalised after the G20summit in Seoul.

Turkey puts Azerbaijani gas price up to $300 per thousand cm

Turkey has increased the price of gas bought in Azerbaijan within theframework of the Stage-1 development of the 'Shakh-Deniz' project,1news.az reports, citing the Turkish newspaper 'Sabakh'. The price forone thousand cubic meters rose from $120 to $300.'Shakh-Deniz-2' gas will cost more.The price for gas transit along the Turkish territory will reach $45,making the Turkish profit from gas transit $300 million.

Telman Ismailov's hotel recognized as most successful in Turkey

The Mardan Palace Hotel, owned by the Russian businessman TelmanIsmailov, has won first place in a competition among five-star hotels,which took place within the framework of the annual contest "Mostsuccessful investment projects in Turkey - 2010".The hotel was opened in May 2009 at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.

Georgia may be mediator in negotiations between Armenia and Turkey

Georgia may be a mediator between Turkey and Armenia in their negotiations, Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan said while visiting Tbilisi. He said that there is an interruption to the negotiations at the moment, which is due to the preliminary conditions which Turkey hasproposed to Armenia, News Armenia reports.

Caucasian culture festival in Turkey

A festival of the cultures of the Caucasus has taken place in the Turkish city of Bursa. Representatives of the Caucasian diasporas participated in the event, TRT reports.Exhibitions of souvenirs, traditional dress and artwork were organized, films screened and theatre performances held.

Gül: Turkey prefers negotiations and not an embargo against Iran

The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, has claimed that Turkey is trying harder than the West to keep Iran at the negotiation table, ITAR-TASS reports. He thinks it is not yet clear whether Iran already has nuclear weapons, and best diplomatic efforts must be made to prevent the transformation of a nuclear power station project into nuclearweapons.

Armenia ready to reopen talks with Turkey

Armenia is ready to reopen talks with Turkey if it changes it positionon two protocols signed by the states, Armenian Foreign MinisterEdvard Nalbandyan said in Tbilisi today, following 90-minute talkswith the foreign minister of Georgia, Grigol Vashidze.The minister also noted that Armenia is ready to accept the assistanceof intermediary states, Trend reports.

No one can threaten Turkey - Erdogan

Turkish Premier Recep Erdogan has commented on the discussion overTurkish assistance to Gaza Strip and rumors of a Turkish foreignpolicy shift, Regnum reports."For some reason, everybody asks what Turkey's business in Gaza is,but one asks about the US in Iraq. Our ancestors saved the Israelipeople from repression in Europe 500 years ago and in the same way wewill help out our brothers and sisters in the Gaza Strip. Turkey willalways help those who need it," the premier said.