Turkish Media Highlights — Nov. 12, 2017

AP

Turkey has dismissed as “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless” a report that Turkish officials may have discussed paying millions of dollars to have a U.S.-based Muslim cleric kidnapped.

Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish lawmakers paid a visit to Palestinian Legislative Council in the West Bank City of Ramallah

Daily Sabah

-Turkish Parliament entered an election period on Sunday to choose the parliament speaker for two years in accordance with electoral system changes.

-Thousands of runners flocked to Istanbul Bosphorus Bridge for a trans-continental marathon.

-Istanbul police detained 34 Islamic State suspects in operations in Istanbul.

Cumhuriyet

-People’s Democracy Party (HDP) lawmaker Osman Baydemir was briefly detained at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport when he returned from Hamburg and released after police interrogation. There was a court detention warrant against him.

-The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is returning to process visa applications as usual before. On Monday, the Consulate will review 500 applications.

KARAR

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar in Istanbul. Prime Minister Yildirim reportedly informed the president about his visit to D.C. The meeting lasted three hours.

Turkish military captured a Russian-made rocket launcher during an operation against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

Birgun Daily

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Tur Yildiz Bicer denounced the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for protecting a food company which came under investigation over four cases of food posioning which led to hospitalization of at least 3,000 soldiers in the western province of Manisa.

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