January 7, 2008 / 6:55 AM / 11 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Turkey - Jan 7

ISTANBUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) - These are the leading stories in the Turkish press on Monday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


- Four people detained in connection with last week’s bombing in Diyarbakir are released.

- New head of Higher Education Board (YOK) says state universities should charge fees.

- Democrat Party elects Suleyman Soylu, supported by former prime minister Tansu Ciller, as party leader.

- Opposition CHP deputy Ilhan Kesici says Turkey’s current account deficit is a serious problem.


- Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan calls for two new schools, in Izmir and Silvan, to be named after two children killed in last week’s bombing in Diyarbakir.

- Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds says Turkey plays major role in trading nuclear secrets.


- State television and radio station TRT will broadcast in eight languages, including Armenian.


- According to a draft reform of article 301 of the penal code — which limits freedom of expression — Justice Ministry permission will be needed for a prosecutor to launch an investigation.


- AK Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Mir Dengir Firat says party aims to win 60 percent of the vote in local elections next year.


- Energy is expected to top the agenda on President Abdullah Gul’s first visit to the United States this week.


- Unlisted Anadolubank aims to grow 45 percent in 2008.

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