Deal said to be near on big US financial bailout plan

President George W. Bush is bringing presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain into negotiations on a $700 billion rescue of Wall Street as Democrats and Republicans near agreement on a bailout plan with more protections for taxpayers and new help for distressed homeowners.

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September 26, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Parliament duel fails to live up to expectations

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat and Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) parliamentary group deputy chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu met in front of hundreds of thousands of television viewers across the nation to settle an argument over mutual corruption in a debate broadcast live on television, but neither admitted to allegations put forth by the other. (more…)

September 26, 2008 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

EU ombudsman urges Turkey to review its secularism

P. Nikiforos DiamandourosTurkey should take a second look at its understanding of secularism, as Turkish secularism is the most rigid form in Europe, European Ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros has said.

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September 26, 2008 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Fourteen people were killed and another was injured on Wednesday when a minibus collided with a truck in the northwestern province of Bolu.

Fourteen people were killed and another was injured on Wednesday when a minibus collided with a truck in the northwestern province of Bolu.

Fourteen people were killed on Wednesday night when a minibus collided with a truck in Bolu.

The minibus was carrying passengers who had attended a funeral in the northern city of Samsun. The accident occurred on the Gerede-Karabük Highway after the driver of the minibus, who was reportedly speeding, lost control of the vehicle and collided with a semi-trailer that was heading for northwestern Karabük. The accident killed 14 people, including a young child, and injured another passenger.

Twelve of the passengers on the minibus were pronounced dead at the scene and another passenger and the driver of the truck died at the hospital. The injured passenger, Kahraman Armutçu, was rushed to Bolu Köroğlu State Hospital for medical attention. No information was available on his condition. The remains of the dead were sent to their hometowns for burial.

Murat Görgüç, an eye witness to the accident, stated that he lost 13 of his relatives in the crash. “We attended a funeral in the Bafra district of Samsun. My relatives preferred to take a minibus, and I decided to follow them in my own car. The minibus was only meters in front of me. I suddenly saw the minibus collide with a truck. It was a dreadful accident. All the passengers were trapped in the minibus,” he said. Sources said the bodies were placed on top of one another in one ambulance for transport to the morgue at Gerede State Hospital, which sparked harsh criticism among the public and religious scholars.

Former Religious Affairs Directorate head Mehmet Nuri Yılmaz said people, as valuable human beings, must be respected even after death. “They should have respected our dead citizens. Dead bodies may be carried altogether in cases of emergency or obligation. But in yesterday’s case, they should have, at the least, been carried in pairs,” he stated.

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