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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a news conference after visiting Nizip refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey , April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey: PM assures constitution will remain secular

By: David Dolan Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s new constitution will retain secularism as a principle, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, playing down comments from the parliamentary speaker who triggered a public uproar by calling for a religious national charter. Speaker Ismail Kahraman said this week that overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey needed a religious constitution, a proposal at odds with the modern republic’s founding principles. He later said his comments were “personal views” and that the new constitution should guarantee religious freedoms. “In the new constitution which we are preparing, the...

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the media as he sits in front of a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in Ankara January 12, 2010. Muslim but secular Turkey is an important ally of the Jewish state of Israel but relations have cooled over strong criticism by Erdogan, whose AK party has roots in political Islam, of Israel's Gaza policies since last year. In the latest exchange, Israel issued a strong condemnation of Erdogan on Monday, saying his often fierce public criticism of its policies could undermine relations. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS)

Turkey: military conspiracy convictions overturned

By: Dorian Jones Source: VOA News ISTANBUL – Turkey’s top appeals court has overturned the convictions of senior military officers who had been charged with planning to overthrow the government.  The convictions two years ago were hailed as an example of civilian rulers ending the military’s influence in Turkish politics. Turkey’s top appeals court, the Yargitay, ruled that convictions in a conspiracy to overthrow the government were unfounded. The ruling ended nine years of investigations and court cases that led to the imprisonment of 274 senior military officers, politicians, journalists and writers. The Ergenekon conspiracy, as prosecutors dubbed it, was an attempt to overthrow...

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Turkey and Iran ready to cooperate on oil and gas

By: Sputnik Source: Sputnik ANKARA (Sputnik) — Iran is ready to ensure Turkey’s energy security and satisfy its demand for oil and gas, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday. “In the energy sphere, we agreed with the Turkish side on Iran possibly becoming a guarantor of Turkey’s energy security and fully satisfy its demand for gas and oil, we can successfully cooperate on this… The [anti-Iran] sanctions have been lifted, and we are ready to develop cooperation between the two countries in different areas under new conditions,” Rouhani said during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two leaders met in the...

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