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Turkey’s 550-seat parliament failed to elect a new speaker on June 30 as no candidate managed to receive 367 votes. The AKP candidate, İsmet Yılmaz, led the two rounds that took place on the first day. 'If the HDP supports [CHP candidate] Deniz Baykal tomorrow, we will not vote for Baykal,' MHP chair Bahçeli has said.
Election for speaker of Turkey's parliament goes to third round
As ISIL militants plant mines on the Syrian border facing Turkey, the Turkish military has reinforced its presence on the other side of the barbed wire border amid a fresh political debate between the government and the opposition on taking military action in its neighbor.
Turkish military sends more weapons to tense Syrian border amid heated political debate
One thing President Tayyip Erdoğan is good at is forcefully declaring what he will “not allow” – either in Turkey or its region.
Will Turkey really occupy northern Syria now?
No one should try to find any form of an excuse; it is aggression - to say the least - and definitely occupation
Establishing Syria buffer zone means engaging in war
Sunni Islamist! And subservient to the emerging Turkish empire… Thus would reply your Turkish Islamist, so cheerfully, like a child being asked which chocolate, toy, game and cartoon film he would like.
How would you like your Syria, Sir?
As excavations continue, Antalya’s ancient city of Perge offers new sculptures. Thirteen sculptures have been unearthed in the ancient city over the last three years
Ancient city of Perge rich in sculptures
It was expected that the new Turkish parliament would fail to elect a new speaker in the first two rounds of voting on June 30, when a two thirds majority was needed
Expect the unexpected from new Turkish parliament
The governor of Istanbul defended the police that used disproportionate power to interfere with the LGBTI pride parade in Istanbul
A prosecutor should stop violence against LGBTIs
Just like their ancestors forced from their homes in Eastern Anatolia in 1915-16, the last Armenian families living in the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobane have fled after the repeated jihadist attacks - and they do not intend to go back
Last Armenian families from Kobane fleeing Syria do not intend to return
This column on Nov. 14, 2012, described Turkey’s border with Syria as the most dangerous frontier in the world, underlining the risks for the Turkish army at that time, while urging the Turkish government over provocative attempts aiming to drag it into its southern neighbor’s civil war
Turkey plans no imminent action into Syria
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