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A monument marking the 'Tomb of the Unknown Turkish Soldier' was opened today in the Azeri town of Shamahy, Trend reports. The project was proposed by the ambassador of Turkey to the republic, Hulusi Kilicem. The sides expressed hope that such expressions of the friendship between the countries will continue.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. Erdoğan is reported to have told Putin that Turkey would not accept such an interceptionErdoğan shared the details of the interception with Putin. He said Turkey would seek for international justice over the incident.

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The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz,made a speech at a conference on rational use of energy, organized bythe energy structures of the US and the Turkish-American council. Hesaid that there will be no joint projects until normalization ofrelations with Israel, 6news reports.This includes humanitarian issues, gas projects and other projectsrelated to water resources. There will be no gas transport using ‘BlueStream – 2’.

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The 35th plenary session of the General Assembly of BSEC (Black SeaEconomic Cooperation) in the Serbian capital of Belgrade has ended. Atthe assembly Turkey was represented by the Turkish vice-speaker of theGrand National Assembly of Turkey Nevzat Padkil, 6news reports.

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The head of northern Iraq's regional Kurdish administration hasarrived in Turkey at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister AhmedDavutoglu, 6news reports.Masud Barzani said that he supported Turkey's policies. He also metwith Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss terrorism. Barzaniexpressed a readiness to assist Turkey in the fight against terrorism.He also expressed his condolences over the terrorist attack on thenaval base of Iskenderun.

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The Turkish company 'Global Teknik' has proposed the start of thejoint production of mini drones with Azerbaijan. According to APA, theGLOBIHA drone was presented to Azerbaijani Minister of Industry YaverJamalov at the SOFEX exhibition in Jordan in May. He was presentedwith the technical details and features of the aircraft.

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A bishop of the catholic church of Anatolia waskilled in his house in the Turkish city of Iskenderumm, RIA Novostireports, citing Turkish media. DHA reported that Louigee Padovezo wasstabbed to death by his driver.There was a similar case in Turkey in 2006 when the head of a localchurch in Trabzon, Andrea Santoro, was killed.

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Israel has banned all flights of its air companies to Turkey.According to the head of the association of Israeli tour operators,Yossi Fatael, the full ‘embargo’ will remain in place for the nextthree weeks, Turprom reports. Turkey is one of the main spheres forthe Israeli market.

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The Statistics Committee of Turkey has published the May inflation rates. According to the data, the consumer price index decreased by 0,36% and the cost price index by 1,15%, TRT reports.

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Turkish civil and military aircraft flew about 500 participants in the Freedom Flotilla to the country. Local television reports that 466 people, mostly Turkish citizens, were taken to Istanbul by three Turkish Airlines planes to Ataturk international airport. The bodies of 9 people killed during the attack by Israeli special forces were also flown there. There are 4 Turkish citizens among those killed, reports RIA Novosti.

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The ambassador of Turkey to Tel-Aviv, Oguz Celikkol, returned to his home country on Thursday after Ankara recalled him in protest at the Israeli special forces' attack on the aid flotilla with international activists heading to the Gaza Strip, reports Trend.

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The Grand National Assembly of Turkey accepted a declarationconcerning the attack on a Turkish humanitarian cargo ship heading toGaza by Israeli naval forces. The declaration involves the creation ofa commission to investigate human rights violation during the attack.The commission members will visit Israel, Vesti.az reports.

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Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Russian Premier VladimirPutin to participate in the Third Summit of the Council on cooperationand trust with Asia in Istanbul on June 8th, Interfax reports, citingthe press-service of the Russian government.Putin accepted the invitation. Putin and Erdogan discussed topicalissues of trade-economic ties and the situation in the region in atelephone conversation.

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Turkish parliament demands government review relations with Israel

The Turkish parliament approved a unanimous declaration on Wednesdaycriticizing a deadly attack on naval humanitarian convoy heading toGaza by Israeli commandos, RIA Novosti reports.The Turkish legislative assembly demanded the government review itsrelations with Israel in the trade-economic and military spheres. Italso urged Israel to apologize for its actions and wants Israel to bebrought to face international charges. Parliament also called onIsrael to lift the blockade on Gaza immediately.

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The Azerbaijani government has determined the size of scholarships forAzerbaijani students studying in higher education centers in Turkey,Egypt, Russia and Ukraine, Trend reports.According to bilateral agreements, Azerbaijani students studying inEgypt and Turkey will receive grants from $100 to $200 Those studyingin Russia and Ukraine will get grants from $150 to $300.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told President Obamathat Israel's raid violated international practice and was an unlawfulact. Conducting an intense round of diplomacy in the wake of theIsraeli raid on Gaza-bound aid vessels, Erdogan spoke to US PresidentBarack Obama by telephone.

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President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is against the participation ofTurkey in the process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement."Turkey is trying to meddle in a process, which obviously has nothingto do with it" - Sargsyan said in his address to the Armenian diasporain Rostov-on-Don.According to the press-service of the Armenian president, Turkey isnot ready to ratify Armenian-Turkish protocols and "that is whyArmenia decided to put the rapprochement process on hold", Interfaxreports.

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Israel has started evacuating families of diplomatic corps fromAnkara, however this doesn't mean a full diplomatic break, ITAR-TASSreports.Israel "has to apologize to the international community for itsbehaviour," said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking atthe emergency session of the UN Security Council, convened at Ankara'sinitiative following the raid of Israeli commandos on the humanitarianflotilla to Gaza. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, most ofthem Turkish citizens..

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged Israel on Tuesday to lift its "inhumane embargo" on Gaza as soon as possible, in a speech to parliament in which he criticised an Israeli raid on a Turkey-backed aid convoy, Reuters reports.Erdogan said the international community should carry out an investigation into the operation by Israeli commandos to stop a Turkish vessel carrying aid to Gaza. At least nine people were killed during the storming of the vessel.

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Turkey's ex-minister of justice, Seyfi Oktay, has been arrested inAnkara on charges of plotting a coup, Trend reports, citing CNN Turk.Along with the ex- minister, some 23 people were also detained.The investigation began in January of this year. According to theTurkish governmental newspaper "TARAF", the Turkish Armed Forcesprepared a special plan under the codename "Balez" to overthrow thegovernment. Under this plan, after blowing up mosques the army would

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