TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (2).
Two troops were martyred in a clash erupted between security forces and terrorists in Daglica region of southeastern province of Hakkari. Terrorists were planning to stage another attack on an outpost in Daglica region where 12 troops were killed on October 21, 2007. Five terrorists were killed in the clash.
NO VISA FOR RUSSIA
An agreement removing visa requirements between Turkey and Russia was initialized. The agreement is expected to be signed by President Gul and President Medvedev during the Russian president's scheduled visit to Turkey on May 11 and 12. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian nationals will not need to apply for a visa for their stay in each other's countries for up to 30 days.
MARKETS SHAKEN AMID GREEK FALLOUT FEARS
Stock markets in Europe slumped drastically on Friday amid concerns that the crisis in Greece could spread to Portugal, Italy and even Britain. Turkey's benchmark Istanbul Stocks Exchange fell sharply to it lowest levels in over a month. U.S. dollar gained against the Turkish currency at 1.5830.
TWO TROOPS KILLED IN CLASH WITH TERRORISTS
Two Turkish troops were martyred and another was wounded in a clash with PKK terrorists as they prepared to attack on a border post in southeast Turkey, the scene of an ambush back in 2007 where 12 Turkish troops were killed and eight others were kidnapped. Five terrorists were killed in Friday's clash. Turkish military launched an extensive operation after the incident as top Turkish general cut short his visit to Belgium and returned to Turkey.
BAYKAL BECOMES LATEST VICTIM OF "RECORDING" ILNESS
Turkey has become center of video recording and telephone tapping. Privacy was totaly destroyed. And it is serious that there is almost nothing to do against it. Yesterday, Turkey witnessed an extreme example of misusage of products of communication technology. 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. Members of the CHP claimed that it was a conspiracy against their political party.
PACKAGE'S ROUTE: PRESIDENT, COURT, YSK AND PEOPLE
The constitutional amendment package which was approved by the parliament, has a long legal process ahead of it. The first address on the package's route is the Presidential Palace. If President Gul ratifies the package, he will pave the way for referendum process. On the other side Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), is expected to apply to the Constitutional Court to invalidate the package. If the court does not decide to invalidate the package, the Higher Electoral Court (YSK) will decide whether to put it to referendum in 60 days or in 120 days.
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