TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (1).
PROSECUTOR LAUNCH PROBE INTO VIDEO TAPE ALLEGEDLY FEATURING MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER
Chief prosecutor's office in Ankara have launched an investigation into the release of a video tape allegedly featuring Turkey's main opposition leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with his fellow Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Nesrin Baytok. The tape was first posted on video sharing website Metacafe and spread through the Internet instantly on the news portal, habervaktim.com. Turkey's online communications watchdog blocked access to the video tape. Baykal remained silent on Friday as his close circle said legal charges would be pressed.
TWO TROOPS KILLED IN CLASH WITH TERRORISTS IN SOUTHEAST TURKEY
Two Turkish troops were martyred and another was wounded in a clash with PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Terrorists attacked the Daglica border post, the scene of a similar attack back in October 2007 that killed 12 Turkish troops. Five terrorists were also killed in Friday's clash.
PRESIDENT SAYS HIS DECISION OVER CONSTITUTIONAL BILL WILL COME SHORTLY
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Friday he would decide shortly whether to ratify a government-backed constitutional bill that was adopted by the Turkish parliament earlier this week, adding that his legal advisers were working on it. "I think that it won't take long before I make my decision," Gul told reporters. The constitutional package would be put on referendum if the Turkish president ratifies it within 15 days and publish it on the Official Gazette.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Another video recording shocked Turkey yesterday. While lawmakers were at the parliament to vote the constitutional amendment package on Thursday night, a video recording allegedly featuring Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal having an affair with CHP deputy Nesrin Baytok, was released in a video-sharing website, Metacafe. The Chief Prosecutor's Office in Ankara has launched a criminal investigation. Members of the CHP claimed that it was a conspiracy against their political party. President Abdullah Gul also condemned it and said that it was extremely obnoxious.
TWO TROOPS KILLED IN DAGLICA
Terrorists who killed 12 troops in an outpost in Daglica region in the southeastern province of Hakkari on October 21, 2007, staged another attack on the base. Clashes between security forces and terrorists lasted for all night. Two troops were martyred in the clashes and five terrorists were killed. Operations are continuing in the region to capture terrorists.
RUSSIA WITHOUT VISA
Turkey and Russia have agreed to remove visa requirements gradually for each other's citizens following talks with Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin. For the start, Turkish and Russian nationals would not need to apply for a visa for their stay in each other's countries for up to 30 days. The agreement that would lift up visa requirement is expected to be signed during Russian president's upcoming visit to Turkey.
U.S. APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY
The United States has appointed ret. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry as its new ambassador in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Eikenberry, who serves as the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan is set to replace James Jeffrey, who is set to become the new U.S. ambassador in Baghdad.
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