PROSECUTOR DEMANDS 36.5 YEARS FOR BAYDEMIR
Osman Baydemir, mayor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, is among 151 suspects under an investigation into the structure of Kurdish Communities Union/Turkey Council (KCK/TM). Prosecutor demanded 36.5 years of imprisonment for Baydemir in the indictment.
GOOGLE EXECUTIVES TO COME TO TURKEY
Google executives decided to come to Turkey. Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said, "it is unacceptable to advertise products and services without providing an invoice and paying taxes to the Turkish government."
REFERENDUM MORE IMPORTANT THAN 10 GENERAL ELECTIONS, JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS
Turkish Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin made a call on Turkish citizens to vote 'yes' to Constitutional amendments in a referendum to be held on September 12. The referendum is more important than 10 general elections, Ergin said.
WORLD BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO MEET IN ISTANBUL
Turkish Businessmen's and Industrialists' Confederation (TUSKON) will host an international meeting that would bring together businesspeople from around the world to seek business opportunities. "Turkey-World Trade Bridge" is set to begin on June 14 in Istanbul and nearly 3,400 businesspeople from 135 countries around the globe will participate in the six-day event. The meeting will end on June 20. 1,600 translators will translate the organization into 38 languages and the participating businesspeople will form delegations and visit 62 provinces of Turkey.
DON'T YOU DARE TO COME TO DIYARBAKIR
The investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union/Turkey Council (KCK/TM) was completed and an indictment was submitted to the court. The indictment includes a shocking allegation about Deniz Baykal, former leader of the main opposition party. It was claimed that Baykal asked for permission from the PKK's urban wing KCK to come to Diyarbakir during the local elections in 2009. It was also claimed that a member of the KCK threatened Baykal not to come to the province.
ERDOGAN CALLS ON EU NOT TO TRIFLE WITH TURKEY ANY MORE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the European Union had trifled with Turkey for the past 50 years. "We applied to the Union in 1963. Since then, we have been working hard to become a member of the Union. If you are not a Christian club, you are obliged to accept Turkey as a member," he said.
GOOGLE TO ARRIVE IN TURKEY AFTER RECEIVING PENALTY FROM TURKISH GOVERNMENT
Turkish Minister of Transportation Binali Yildirim said that executives from Google will arrive in Turkey in a short period of time after the company received a penalty of 30 million liras from the Turkish government recently. It was unacceptable to see that a company (Google) made profits in Turkey from advertisements without paying taxes to the government, Yildirim said.
TUSIAD TO MEET WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON
A delegation from the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) will be in the United States on June 16 and 17. The TUSIAD delegation will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the U.S. Congress.
"I WILL NOT RESIGN"
Osman Can, rapporteur of the Constitutional Court who called on the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party to ignore a decision to be made by the country's top legal body to invalidate some articles of the constitutional package, said that he would not resign.
"HIS WORDS ARE CALL FOR CHAOS"
Osman Paksut, vice-president of the Constitutional Court, said about rapporteur Osman Can's statement, "if those remarks are correct, it is a call for chaos. And it contradicts with law judiciary."
ISRAEL LIKE AL-QAEDA, GUL SAYS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul rejected allegations from the western world that Turkey has shifted her axis from the west to the east. President Gul compared the Israeli attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31 to the terrorist acts of Al-Qaeda and PKK.
FRANCE TO PRESENT STATE AWARD TO GULER SABANCI
President of the Executive Board of Sabanci Holding, Guler Sabanci, will be given the Legion d'Honneur state award by France. In a statement issued, Sabanci Holding said that the French award would be presented to Guler Sabanci at the Sakip Sabanci Museum on June 15 by the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment Christine Lagarde. Guler Sabanci received state awards from Italy, Belgium, Spain, and Austria in the past.
A PLAN TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT
Social Security & Labor Minister Omer Dincer said that some strict measures should be taken to reduce unemployment. "This measures will be put into practice by the state, labor unions and employers," he said. Under the plan, a vocational training mobilization will be launched throughout the country.
TEARFUL FAREWELL TO PINAR
Pinar Akdag, wife of Lieutenant Cumhur Akdag who was killed in PKK's rocket attack on a military housing complex near the southern province of Osmaniye, was laid to rest in the western province of Izmir. General Staff Chief Ilker Basbug and a number of high-ranking military officers were in attendance at the funeral of the young lady.
"MY JOB IS TO TRY TO SOLVE MATHEMATICS OF HEART AND BRAIN"
Professor Semahat Demir, the only director of Turkish descent at the U.S. National Science Foundation, came to Turkey as the envoy of U.S. President Barack Obama. She is set to hold a series of talks with representatives of universities and scientific organizations to determine areas in which Turkey could play a leading role.
WE WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM EU MEMBERSHIP, ERDOGAN SAYS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Trabzon on Saturday. Speaking to the public, Erdogan said that Turkey was doing all it can for EU membership. "We are working hard for EU membership. Our chief negotiator is frequently travelling to EU countries. Despite all these, the EU is trifling with Turkey. We will not turn away from EU membership. We continue to study our lesson," Erdogan said.
AXA SEEKING FOR COMPANY IN TURKEY
French insurance company Axa is making preparations to buy an insurance company in Turkey. President of the Executive Board of Axa Henri de Castries said that they were conducting negotiations with various Turkish companies.
"WE WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM EU MEMBERSHIP"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they would not abandon their target to become a full member of the European Union. Prime Minister Erdogan, who was awarded with the title of honorary doctorate by the Black Sea Technical University (KTU) in the northern province of Trabzon, said that Turkey continued progressing on the path leading to the Union.
INFILTRATED FROM SYRIA
It was revealed that terrorists who killed six troops in a rocket attack in Iskenderun town of the southeastern province of Hatay last week, infiltrated from Syria.