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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will chair a session of the Council of Ministers today, TRT reports.The session will include talks on the latest terrorist attack and counter-terrorism measures.The council will discuss Erdogan's latest visit to the Northern Cyprus and the latest events in the Middle East.

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The Guardian published an article providing its readers with advice as to when and where in Turkey it is best to spend one’s vacations. The article, composed of the paper’s readers’ tips, describes several places of interest and resort spots such as Dalyan, Adrasan, Cirali, etc.

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A bus travelling from Ankara to Eskishehir overturned  in Turkey, Trend reports.40 passengers were injured, including five gravely injured. They werehospitalized.

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Ankara City Council has adopted new city symbol, 1news.az cites TRT Russian. The new emblem of the city will include a star and a crescent. The decision was previous overruled by the Administrative Court, but now the new emblem has finally been adopted by local officials, after some changes to its design.

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Syria's opposition elected a National Salvation Council to present a united challenge to President Bashar al-Assad's rule as he intensified a military campaign to crush an uprising against his rule, Reuters reports.The opposition meeting in Istanbul took place on Saturday, a day after the biggest demonstrations so far in Syria's four-month uprising, during which at least 32 civilians were killed, including 23 in the capital of the country, Damascus.

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The United States supports Turkey in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Hillary Clinton is on a visit to Istanbul to attend a meeting of the International Contact Group on Libya.The statement was a response to a large military clash with Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. 13 soldiers were killed, 7 soldiers – wounded and 7 militants killed, Radio Liberty reports.

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The president of Poland, the current EU President, BronislawKomorowski, has spoken out in favor of Turkey's accession to theEuropean Union, TRT reports.Komorowski arrived in Vienna at the invitation of Austrian PresidentHeinz Fischer, where he was asked about his attitude as a Catholictowards the membership of a Muslim country of the EU. Komorowskiassured his interlocutor that all interreligious and interculturalconflicts between the countries remained in the distant past.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu met yesterday with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Davutoglu has informed Rasmussen about the Turkish solution to the crisis in Libya. The plan implies holding political talks in order to resolve the Lybian conflict, TRT reports.The NATO Secretary General, in turn, informed Davutoglu about the details of his talks with Mamoud Jibril - the head of the interim government of Libya. He also touched upon military operations in Libya, held in accordance with the decisions of the UN Security Council.

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The Vice-President of the Turkish football club "Besiktas",  SerdalAdal, resigned today, Trend reports, referring to Turkish media.Serdal Adal had been detained in the course of an investigation into acase of match-fixing between the Istanbul club and the team of"Eskishehirspor" in 2010-2011.The president of the Turkish football club "Fenerbahce", AzizYildirim, was arrested last Sunday concerning a match-fixing case. TheTurkish media expect more detentions in connection with the scandal inthe near future.

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Turkey recognizes the National transitional Government of Libya as alegitimate representative of the country, Turkish Foreign MinisterAhmet Davutoglu said at the fourth session of the contact group forLibya, RIA Novosti reports.Istanbul plans to support settlement of the conflict and use the roadmap for the purpose. Turkey will provide humanitarian aid to Libyanpeople.

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Opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu met EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele today. During a press meeting Fuele said the commission was pleased that the CHP deputies had taken their oaths in Parliament, Hurryet Daily News reports.

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Talks between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Kurdish opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) have come to nothing, News.am cites the Turkish newpaper Milliyet.BDP deputies announced that their demands were not satisfied and that they are going to continue their boycott of the national assembly.

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 A group of rebels of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) kidnapped two workers in Turkey's eastern province of Tunceli on Thursday, Trend cites the Anatolia news agency. The PKK militants blocked Turnceli-Ovacik road, stopped a vehicle, and abducted two workers in the vehicle, the report said, adding that there were three people inside the vehicle who work on the worksite of a military building in Ovacik in Tunceli, Trend cites Xinhua. 

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul has spoken by telephone with RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev and discussed further contacts, the RIANovosti reports.Gul also expressed condolences for the accident with the Bulgariacruiser on the River Volga.

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The Turkish Sports Minister, Suat Kilic, said that the city ofIstanbul plans to file a bid for the 32nd Olympic games in 2020, RIANovosti reports.The bid committee, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, willmake its final decision no sooner than July 29. The prime ministersays that Turkey is able to cover all the expenses of the project.

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Turkey will freeze negotiations with the EU if the Greek part ofCyprus takes chairmanship of the union, Turkish Foreign Minister AhmetDavutoglu said, ITAR-TASS reports.The problem of the island needs to be resolved by in 2012. However,the Greek part of Cyprus will drag the negotiations out, the ministerclaimed.

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Turkey plans to build its first maritime airport, TRT reports. An airport, which will be the second maritime airport in the world, is to be built between the Ordu and Giresun regions. The documents on the construction have been signed. The airport will be named Or-Gi The runway will be 3 kilometres long. The airport will be opened in 2014. The project is set to cost about $150 million.

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