Hundreds of Muslims flocked to mosques on Thursday night to pray and celebrate Regaib Kandili, marking the beginning of the three holy months of the Islamic Hijri calendar.
Zaman: “Gül speaks at Stanford: ‘Western leaders engage in petty politics’,” said the headline of a story on the first page, reporting on President Gül’s speech at Stanford University on Wednesday. Mainly focusing on leadership, change and sticking to principles, Gül also said in his speech that there are currently increasing tendencies in the Western world for leaders to become more introverted and to give in to the rise of political extremists. Gül said that today the ideologies of far-right politicians are becoming more popular. “This is certainly not a good example of leadership, but petty politics at its worst,” he said.
Taraf: “Neither humane, nor from the AK Party,” read the headline of a first-page article, referring to Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, who recently delivered some controversial statements regarding the killing of 34 civilians in Şırnak’s Uludere district last year. The article criticized Şahin by saying that he is not like other Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies and quoted AK Party Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik’s criticism of Şahin saying, “We think this approach by the minister is not humane.”
Milliyet: One of the front page stories of the daily covered Turkish singer Can Bonomo’s qualification for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Bonomo performed his up-tempo pop number “Love Me Back” in Thursday’s semifinals, where he was up against other acts from 17 countries. The 10 finalists announced on Tuesday night were Iceland, Greece, Romania, Albania, Greek Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Moldova and Ireland. The story also said Bonomo’s song met with much applause.