TENS OF THOUSANDS BID FAREWELL
A funeral was held at Istanbul's Fatih Mosque for 8 of the 9 people who were killed in Israel's recent attack. After the funeral held for Ali Haydar Bengi, Cengiz Songur, Cengiz Akyuz, Cetin Topcuoglu, Fahri Yaldiz, Furkan Dogan, Ibrahim Bilger and Necdet Yildirim, Yildirim was laid to rest at Edirnekapi cemetery while others were sent to their hometowns to be buried.
ISRAEL TO REGRET
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that relations between Turkey and Israel would never be the same from now on. Commenting on Israel's attack on aid ships, Gul said, "Israel has made a mistake that it will regret a lot. It will understand this fact better in the future".
Gul also said that Turkey would never forgive such an attack targeting its citizens and it would take necessary actions in a calm manner.
WE WISH TO IMPROVE OUR RELATIONS, BARZANI SAYS
The leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, visited Ankara after a period of six years. Speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Barzani said that they wished to improve their relations with Turkey. "We are ready to extend all support in Turkey's fight against terror," Barzani said.
ISRAEL MADE A MISTAKE WHICH WILL BE REGRETTED LATER, GUL
In reference to Israel's attack on ships carrying aid material to Gaza earlier this week, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that "Israel made a mistake which will be regretted later". Gul also said that "Israel has made one of its most important mistakes in history. Israel will soon understand how big a mistake it was to attack the ships".
TOP TURKISH COURT ACCEPTS APPEAL OVER CONSTITUTIONAL PACKAGE
Turkey's top court accepted an appeal by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for the annulment of a government-backed constitutional package. The Constitutional Court will begin discussing the case next Tuesday. Gultekin Avci, a former chief prosecutor, has said the court had made a mistake by accepting the appeal as a professor in law has criticized the court acted in ultra vires, adding that it could not review the case on its merits.
HIS DRIVER STABS ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP TO DEATH
Luigi Padovese, a Roman Catholic Bishop and Apostolic Vicar in Anatolia, was stabbed to death by his driver, Murat A., outside his home in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun. Murat A. was reported to have been in service of the bishop for four and a half years.
BARZANI ARRIVES IN ANKARA AFTER 6 YEARS
The leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, came to Ankara after six years to hold critical talks with Turkish officials. Barzani was welcomed to Ankara with a "low level" ceremony. The Turkish flag was the only one present during Barzani's meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
TEB AND FORTIS MERGE
Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) and Fortis have agreed to merge with each other. The merger would be completed by the beginning of 2011. The merger will take place under the roof of TEB. TEB will be Turkey's ninth biggest bank with 630 branches all across the country.
BARZANI VISITS TURKEY, HAILS DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE
Massoud Barzani, head of the regional Kurdish administration, paid a visit to the Turkish capital, Ankara. Barzani gave "peace messages" in his first trip to Turkey in six years. He met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and he was received by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Barzani said he welcomed Turkish government's democratic initiative as "a courageous step."
EIGHT OUT OF NINE KILLED IN ISRAELI RAID ON GAZA AID FLOTILLA TURKISH NATIONALS
Turkish forensic experts have identified eight people out of nine as Turkish nationals who were killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on Monday. The other victim was a Turkish-descent U.S. national.
PROSECUTOR CHASES ISRAEL
The prosecutor's office in Bakirkoy, Istanbul has opened the "Mavi Marmara" case. The statements of survivors of the Israeli attack, Forensic Medicine's report on the dead and doctor's reports about the wounded may turn three Israeli high-level officials into suspects in Turkey. These officials are Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and General Staff Chief Gabi Ashkenazi.
ALL DEAD ARE TURKS, ALL WITH BULLETS
The unclarity that has arisen after the Israeli raid against the ship "Mavi Marmara" started to disappear with the transfer of the activists aboard the ship to Turkey. All the people who died on the ship are revealed to be Turks, all the victims were killed with bullets and high-school student Furkan had one bulletshot in his chest and four others in his head. There are a total of 24 wounded people 5 of whom are currently in Israel.
ISRAEL CASE AT PROSECUTOR
Turkey has taken action to collect evidence and statements that will open the way for trial of Israel in criminal and compensation cases due to this country's recent raid against a ship in international waters killing 9 Turks.
Accordingly, prosecutor Mehmet Tastan questioned the wounded activists at Ankara's Ataturk Training & Research Hospital and had their clothes collected in order to check whether they were covered with any chemical materials. As part of the inspection launched by the prosecutor's office in Istanbul's Bakirkoy district, Turkish activists on board the attacked ship were sent to the Forensic Medicine Department.
WE ARE EXAMINING A SMALL ISSUE
The head of Turkey's Constitutional Court Hasim Kilic said that some research needed to be done on a "small issue" concerning the demand for the annulment of the constitutional amendment package which the court started to debate yesterday.
If the high court decides in its ongoing initial examination during the meeting it will hold on June 8 that there are no deficiencies in the file, it will announce its verdict on the merits of the case on a date to be determined.
FORMER GENERAL INTERROGATED OVER ISTANBUL BOMBINGS OF 2003
A prosecutor has interrogated a former general over November 2003 bomb attacks on a branch of the HSBC bank, British consulate and two synagogues in Istanbul. The prosecutor, Mehmet Ergul, head of an investigation on an alleged military coup plot dubbed as "the Sledgehammer," questioned ret. general Suha Tanyeri as a suspect. The 2003 bombings in Istanbul killed 57 people and wounded 700 others. The Sledgehammer plot allegedly sought to cause turmoil by bombing mosques and shooting down Turkey's own planes to overthrow the elected government.
CATHOLIC BISHOP STABBED TO DEATH
Luigi Padovese, a Roman Catholic Bishop in the southern port city of Iskenderun, was stabbed to death. Police detained Padovese's driver Murat Altun (26) as the suspected killer. Altun, himself a Christian believer, reportedly said he had received God's revelation to kill Padovese, the Apostolic Vicar in Anatolia. Altun's family said he had mental problems.
HE CONDEMNS PKK TERROR BEHIND DOORS
The leader of regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, arrived in Ankara on an "official" trip after a period of six years. Barzani did not utter the word "PKK" during a press conference on Thursday. However, Barzani strongly condemned the PKK terror in his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
THEY WILL LOSE THEIR MOST IMPORTANT FRIEND, ERDOGAN SAYS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his Israeli counterpart Binyamin Netanyahu that Israel was about to lose its most important friend, Turkey, after a crisis erupted between the two countries earlier this week due to Israel's attack on ships carrying aid material to Gaza. "Our problem is not with the people of Israel but the Israeli administration," Erdogan stressed.