DON'T TOUCH THE SHIPS
The European Parliament reacted harshly to Israel that hurled military operation threat against ships carrying aid to Gaza.
The helping hand given to 1.5 million Palestinians who are ignored by the world has strained the Mediterranean. Nine ships will enter Israeli waters if they are not stopped. Israeli navy, which is on alert, is resolute on military operation.
The European Parliament warned Israel that the world would not remain silent against a military operation.
"THOSE WHO ARE ANGRY AT IRAN HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that those who were angry at Iran had nuclear weapons.
"First they have to take steps and remove their nuclear weapons," he said.
FORMULA 1 SPEEDS UP IN ISTANBUL
Speed freaks will keep their eyes on Istanbul Park this weekend. Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix will see qualifying at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The big race is on Sunday.
WE LOST 2016 WITH ONE VOTE
The wish of UEFA President Michel Platini happened in the voting in Geneva to select the country which will host Euro 2016. France, which defeated Turkey with 7 votes against 6 votes, will host the championship.
ALEVI OPINION LEADERS CALL FOR "YES" FOR REFERENDUM
Constitutional amendment, which is one of the important steps for democratization, was welcomed with excitement in different parts of the society. Alevis see this reform package, which was adopted at Parliament and approved by President Abdullah Gul, as a big gain. Alevi opinion leaders, who explained their thoughts about the package to Zaman, called for "yes" for the referendum which will be held on September 12.
"WE CAN GIVE THE KNIFE TO BRUTUS"
Turkish police and National Intelligence Service found tracks of Ergenekon in the videotape conspiracy that ended political life of main opposition CHP's former leader Deniz Baykal.
Police examined evidences in the indictment of the second Ergenekon case and revealed that the operation against Baykal had started three years ago.
According to the indictment, the Ergenekon organization carried out intelligence operations to seize CHP. Ergenekon suspect Tuncay Ozkan, who was allegedly trying to influence CHP delegates, told his tactics to a CHP executive, saying, "we have to put an end to Baykal's reign. You will directly play with Kilicdaroglu."
"We will give the knife to the one who wants to become the new Brutus," Ozkan allegedly said.
WHOLE PACKAGE CANNOT BE CANCELED
Chief judge of the Constitutional Court, Hasim Kilic, said that the court would discuss only four or five articles of government-backed constitutional reform package that was brought to court by the main opposition CHP.
"It is out of question to annul whole package," Kilic said.
FAVORITE SAFURA, GOOD LUCK MANGA
The final of Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Norway's capital Oslo tonight at 10:00 p.m. 17-year-old Safura Alizade from Azerbaijan is the biggest favorite among 25 countries. Odds for Turkish band Manga is 12/1. Manga will perform on the 14th rank.
UNIVERSITY WITH SPECIAL TEST FOR PEOPLE OVER 25
Higher Education Board (YOK) Chairman Yusuf Ziya Ozcan said that they could prepare a special test for people at or over the age of 25 who wanted to go to university for the first or second time. Prof. Ozcan said, "we shall make aptitude test for these candidates instead of physics or chemistry. Then they can go to university too."
SURVEYS SAY CHP
Surveys, which have been conducted after Kemal Kilicdaroglu was elected as the chairman of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), showed that CHP caught a big rise. The highest support to Kilicdaroglu came from retired people and farmers with 50 percent. According to the survey of Sonar Research Company, votes of CHP in general of Turkey are over 30 percent.
FRANCE GETS EURO 2016
France will host UEFA Euro 2016. Turkey, which missed this chance with 6 votes against 7, got very disappointed. The statement of UEFA president Michel Platini --who supported his country France and told Turkey that "you can win, if a Turk becomes UEFA president"-- overshadowed the voting.
Emin Aslan, number two in Turkish police, was arrested in an illegal drug operation. He made interesting claims.
"Some people were disturbed because I named who would be responsible for murder of Hrant Dink. I was about to shed light on the murder but all these things happened to me while I was working on it," Deputy Director-General of Turkish Police Department Emin Aslan said.
OBAMA SAYS IN HIS LETTER DEAL WITH IRAN WOULD BE GOOD
Brazil revealed that it met demands of the United States with the nuclear swap deal signed with Iran and Turkey. It was a letter sent by President Barack Obama to Brazil's President Lula da Silva which supports conditions of the deal.
Lula and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared at a news conference on Thursday. Lula said Turkey and Brazil were trying to be the voice of emerging countries. Erdogan said Turkey and Brazil stand behind the memorandum.
ANTALYA BECOMES NEW MAIN PORT
Crete is losing its position as a main port for cruise tourism in Europe. Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya is replacing Crete. Cruise ships having giant capacity in the Mediterranean started to prefer Antalya as main port.
NIGHT OF FINAL
Turkish band Manga, which was qualified for final with its song "We Could Be the Same", will perform on the 14th rank at the 55th Eurovision Song Contest tonight. Manga will use the advantage of being the only rock band in the contest which will take place in Norway's capital Oslo, and will be broadcast live from Turkish state-run TRT channel.
KAMER GENC TO JOIN CHP ON TUESDAY
Kamer Genc, independent deputy from the eastern province of Tunceli, said that he talked with his supporters as well as main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, adding that he would join CHP during group meeting of the party on Tuesday.
"ERBAKAN SHOULD HAVE RESISTED"
In an interview wit Milliyet, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu explained his views regarding February 28 and April 27 e-memorandum.
On the e-memo, during which the Chief of General Staff was retired Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Kilicdaroglu said, "I did not think it was right, I think the same way today. It was an intervention in politics. The issue was closed after government's statement that resisted it."
Kilicdaroglu's comment on February 28 was interesting.
"The National Security Council made some decisions unanimously. Then Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, the civilian authority, signed them. I do not consider this period as a coup like others. The government should have resisted. It would get support from politicians and the people if he had resisted. The same reaction during April 27 should have shown on February 28," Kilicdaroglu said.
Turkey lost its bid to host EURO 2016 in a UEFA voting of 6-7. The winner was France. UEFA President Michel Platini had a huge impact in Turkey's loss. Platini deployed man-to-man marking on UEFA delegates who cast votes. He introduced them to French President Nicolas Sarkozy but not to Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
WE ARE WAITING FOR AUDIENCE
Formula 1 Turkey Grand Prix will be held in Istanbul's Park Circuit on Sunday. Mark Weber, who will lead this year's GP, spoke to Sabah: Istanbul Park is an interesting and good circuit. It is bad that few audience is coming to watch.
FAREWELL TO 2016 WITH ONE VOTE
Delegates of Spain and Lithuania, who supported Turkey in the first round of voting, preferred France in the second round, and Turkey missed the chance to host EURO 2016 only by one vote. Turkey had been applying as candidate for European championship for the third time.