ERDOĞAN CANCELS GERMANY TRIP AFTER TURKISH HELICOPTER CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN
- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has canceled his trip to Germany where he was supposed to attend several events to attend a funeral ceremony of 12 Turkish soldiers killed in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash, a statement in the Prime Ministry web-site said late on Friday.
A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital on Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four Afghan civilians on the ground.
It was by far the deadliest incident involving Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan, where they have a noncombat role.
The helicopter, a Sikorsky, was on a mission for US-led NATO forces when it went down near Kabul, the Turkish military said in a statement. Iran, the US and Afghanistan extended their condolences to Turkey over the incident.
In Germany, supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and a number of Alevi organizations were planning to stage a demonstration in Bochum on Saturday in protest of Erdoğan. It was not immediately clear if the demonstrations are canceled.
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- 1863 Turkish government approves the 1860 05 24 "National Constitution" with severe restrictions and censorship.
- 1865 Birth of Manuk Abeghyan (linguist) in Astapat, Nakhichevan (Armenia). He died in 1944.
- 1872 Birth of Nathan Amirkhanian (Knyazev), composer, conductor, organist and teacher. He was a Director of the Odessa Opera and also organized Armenian Choirs in Baku.
- 1898 Russia's committee of Ministries decides to give Armenian school properties to the state authorities.
- 1922 Birth in Alexandropol (Gyoomree) of Sergey Hambardzoomian, mechanics scholar and academician. He was Vice-President of the Armenian Academy of Science, and Rector of Yerevan State University.
- 1962 Khojivank's Cemetery of Tbilisi, which had long since become a park by this time, was now to be called the Armenian Pantheon of Culture. Thirty four remains (Toomanian, Aghayan, Mooratsan, Jivany, Akhverdian, Oganezashvily and others) lie here. The first to be interred was the Great Komitas, who had died in a Paris asylum - after losing his mind on receivng the news of the 1915 Genocide.
- 1963 Sixth Election of the Armenian SSR's Supreme Soviet.
- 1975 Birth of Alexander Jivelegov, in New Nakhitshevan (Rostov, Russia). He was a historian, art and literature critic, translator, and corresponding member of the Armenian Academy of Science.