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Turkey considers current summit of Turk countries defining moment

Turkey considers current summit of Turk countries defining moment

The 10th summit of heads of Turk countries is defining because it will determine the establishment of the Council of Cooperation of Turk countries.

International festival of Muslim cinema opens in Kazan

International festival of Muslim cinema opens in KazanAn international festival of Muslim cinema will be open in Kazan onWednesday - there will be screenings of 80 films from 28 countries,RIA Novosti reports.The sixth Kazan international festival of Muslim cinema is held in thecapital of Tatarstan from September 15 to 19.60 countries will take part, including Iran, Egypt, Russia, India,France, USA, Algieria, Jordan, Norway, Palestine, Italy, UK andothers.

Azerbaijan and Turkey establish Supreme Council for Strategic Cooperation

Azerbaijan and Turkey establish Supreme Council for Strategic Cooperation

The president of Azerbaijan, Ilkham Aliyev, has held bilateral meetings at the Xth Summit of Turkic countries in Turkey. At the moment he is meeting with the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, to discuss questions of bilateral relations in various spheres.The Azerbaijani president and the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also signed an agreement on foundation of a Supreme Council for Strategic Cooperation between the two countries. 

Explosion at Turkish mine

An explosion has hit a Turkish coal mine in the province of Zonguldak.There are no further details so far, Trend reports.

NATO wants normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations

NATO wants the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, NATO'sSpecial Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia RobertSimmons, RIA Novosti reports.Simmons noted that NATO believes that Yerevan and Ankara shoulddetermine the pace of the normalization process. He emphasized theimportance of Turkey participating in the 'Armenia-2010' drills.

Referendum in Turkey: Erdogan#039s victory will change the country

Referendum in Turkey: Erdogan's victory will change the country

The political system of Turkey will have see a transformation after the national referendum of September 12. The ruling Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has convinced people to approve amendments to the Constitution. The amendments will limit the privileges of the army, reform the court system and give greater powers to parliament.

European gas pipeline TAP plans to use Azerbaijani gas

Shareholders of the Transadriatic Pipeline (TAP) consider the seafield 'Shakh-Deniz-2' a source for filling the pipeline with 10billion cubic m of gas annually, a joint statement by EGL, Statoil andE. On Ruhrgas says, Trend reports.The statement said that Iranian gas will not be used due to thecurrent political conditions.TAP will be ready when 'Shakh-Deniz-2' starts operating, the ManagingDirector of Tap Kjetil Tungland said.

Turkey and USA to discuss Armenian-Turkish protocols

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Davutoglu has discussedArmenian-Turkish protocols with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,Trend reports, citing CNN Turk.Davutoglu said that he hopes that the protocols will be ratified aftera peace deal on Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan.On October 10, 2009 the ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey andArmenia signed protocols on normalizing relations between Turkey andArmenia. They have not been ratified yet.

Turkish imams to participate in solving social problems?

The Turkish Religious Affairs Department has suggested that imams should tackle various problems(social problems and problems of infrastructure as well as religious issues) in their districts. The project has already been launched in the Tekirdag, Karabuk, Amasya and Elazig provinces.The project stipulates that imams will visit private houses, cafes, shops etc, and organize discussions and conferences in accordance with local inhabitants' needs, Cumhuriyyet reports.

Delegation of Izmir Chamber of Trade and Industry arrives in Batumi

A delegation of the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the city ofIzmir, Turkey, has arrived in Batumi, Adjaria, Business Georgiareports, citing the press-service of the Adjarian Department ofTourism and Resorts.The delegation consists of 28 representatives of various sectors –light industry, oil companies and tourism.

Kazakhstan interested in increasing oil supplies via BTJ

Kazakhstan is interested in increasing energy resource supplies viathe Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan (BTJ) system, Bolat Soltanov, head of thecenter for strategic studies of the Kazakh president, told apress-conference, APA reports.

Turkish human rights activists to sue organizers of military coup in 1980

Turkish non-governmental organizations, trade unions and human rightsactivists have filed a complaint with the court against ex-PresidentKenan Erven for organizing a military coup in 1980, Trend reports,citing Xinhua.Taking the general to court became possible after he lost courtimmunity with the introduction of constitutional amendments in thereferendum on Sunday.

EU approves of results of referendum in Turkey

The European Union approves of the results of the referendum onconstitutional amendments that took place on the 12th of September inTurkey, reports Vatan. The referendum was carried in a democratic way,yet Turkey needs further development of the constitution, a statementsaid.

Turkish military establishment approves constitutional reforms

The Turkish military establishment in Ankara voted on the whole forconstitutional reforms at a referendum yesterday, reports Trend,citing the Dunya Bulletin website. According to the Turkish massmedia, 58% voted for the amendments initiated by the Justice andDevelopment Party while 4.,98% voted against the package ofamendments. Voter turnout was 77.55%.

Turkish basketball team takes FIBA silver

Turkey took the silver at the World Basketbal Championships. They lost81:64 to the US team in istanbul, RIA Novosti reports.

Turkish voters approve constitutional changes

Turkish voters approve constitutional changes

Turkish voters have approved a packet of constitutional changes likelyto bring the country closer to EU membership

Turkish people approve the constitutional reforms

Turkish people approve the constitutional reforms

The referendum on changes to the constitution has closed this evening in Turkey with 80% of the votes already counted. The majority of voters approved the constitutional reforms, according to preliminary estimates. 60% of the cast votes counted so far have been for the constitutional reforms

Referendum closes in Turkey

Referendum closes in Turkey

The referendum on changes to the constitution has closed this evening in Turkey and the votes are now being counted. According to Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the referendum will show how democratic the society of Turkey is. No matter what the result of the referendum everyone will respect the will of the people, he said.

Traffic accident in the center of Istanbul

An accident between a bus and a truck on Sunday in the center of Istanbul has claimed the lives of 10 people, including 2 children, with 14 others injured, Trend cites CNN Turk.

Referendum in Turkey drawing to a close

The referendum on changes to the constitution is finishing now in Turkey. The amendments initiated by the Justice and Development Party are set to strengthen democracy in the country, 1news cites BBC Russian.The amendments have been welcomed by the European Union, which Turkey intends to become a member of, but were criticized by the opposition inside the country.