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      NEWSBRIEFS

      * Turkey's President has vetoed a series of controversial amendments to
      legislation governing the country's education system, reports the private
      Turkish channel NTV.
      Among the key reforms was increasing the quotas at universities for
      graduates of high schools with a religious curriculum.
      Critics have claimed that these reforms undermine the secular nation of
      the system.
      The Turkish president says that the legislation would serve to encourage
      more students to take up religious studies.

      * We reported to you two weeks ago that Turkish officials decided not to
      send helicopters to Afghanistan because of cost.
      The news reports this week indicates that Turkey has changed its
      position and decided to send three helicopters, and a staff of 56 flight
      and maintenance personnel.
      The Turkish contingency will serve with the International Security
      Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

      * The Turkish military's general staff disclosed Thursday that the U.S.
      has repeated its request to be able to station warplanes at the southern
      Turkish airbase of Incirlik. The U.S. request included opening Turkish
      ports and other bases to the U.S. military in case of need.
      The U.S. and British airplanes used the Incirlik airbase after the first
      Gulf War to monitor the no-fly zone in Northern Iraq.
      The Turkish general staff says that the request includes new elements
      that are not covered within the already existing bilateral agreements, and
      should be reviewed and decided on by political powers in Turkey.

      * In related news, on Friday the U.S. Embassy in Ankara denied press
      reports that U.S. is seeking to establish new bases in Turkey.
      An Embassy statement said, "Many of these reports, particularly claiming
      that the U.S. seeks to establish new bases in Turkey or to deploy ground
      forces to Turkey, are groundless."
      The statement said, "U.S. military cooperation with Turkey is carried
      out within the framework of bilateral and multilateral agreements."

      * Since 1999 there has been considerable improvement in Turkey's relations
      with neighboring Greece. However, there are still outstanding disputes
      between the two neighbors.
      In a seminar organized by the Turkish military in Istanbul, General
      Ilker Basbug said that there has been little progress on resolving the
      dispute involving the Aegean Sea.
      The general said that Turkey will not make any concessions over its
      legitimate and vital interests in the Aegean region.
      The dispute involves sharing of the Aegean continental shelf, and the
      airspace.

      * Turkish Foreign Affaires Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul
      said on Tuesday that there should not be a postponement on the day of June
      30 when the sovereignty would be transferred to Iraqis.
      Mr. Gul said, "it should be de facto not imaginary handing over. Interim
      Iraqi government should not be an extension of Iraqi governing council."

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that Turkey has exported 184 thousand
      tons of hazelnuts.
      The exports brought in an income of $693 million in the 38th week of
      2003-2004 hazelnut export season, which started on September 1, 2003.
      Turkey is the largest grower and exporter of hazelnuts in the World.

      * Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received Prince Andrew of the
      United Kingdom, the Duke of York and the special representative for
      Britain's international trade and investment on Tuesday
      Earlier the delegation visited Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen. Mr.
      Tuzmen said that the common target of Turkey and Britain was to increase
      trade volume between the two countries.
      Prince Andrew said that he came to Turkey to receive information about
      economy, trade and investment environment in Turkey and to encourage
      British businessmen to make investments in Turkey.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:

      1,495,000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 79/50 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 84/68 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 73/57 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/59 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 64/55 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 59
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 68
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 68

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      * Turkish writer Ayfer Tunc has been awarded the literary prize for her
      book "Those Small Things from the 70s" at the Balkanika 2003 writers
      awards.
      The book deals with the author's early life in the 1970s, using a
      combination of novelistic, autobiographical and essay styles.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that the Crown Prince Willem Alexander
      of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima arrived in central Turkish
      province of Nevsehir on Wednesday.
      Prince Alexander and his wife visited the historical places in
      Cappadocia region.
      Cappadocia region shows a spectacular and surprisingly different
      landscape with its wind and water eroded volcanic tuff based soil. There
      are thousands of natural, pyramid shaped rock formations and cave-like
      settlement places carved by humans since the early ages throughout the
      region.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that Miss Ukraine Olena Razimova was
      chosen on Sunday 2004 Tourism World Beauty Queen in the 2004 Tourism World
      Beauty Contest held in Akyaka hamlet in Ula town of Turkey's Aegean Mugla
      province.
      Contestants from 22 countries took the stage with their national
      costumes, sports clothes, swimsuits, and wedding gowns.
      The jury chose Miss Ukraine Razimova the queen of the contest. Miss
      Lithuania Valentina Bezusaja was ranked the second and Miss Latvia
      Kristina Djadenko became the third.
      Miss Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Cemile Coskun and Miss
      Greece Anastasia Chritakis were given peace award.
      Miss Finland Sanna Kankanpaa was presented with Miss Caria Ancient
      Award.
      The province of Mugla covers an area that has Turkey's major vacation
      destinations within its boundaries.
      The center of Mugla extends over the plain stretching from the foot of
      the Asar or Hisar Mountain and is surrounded by Karadag (Black Mountain),
      Kýzýl Mountain, Masadag Mountain and Hamursuz Mountains.
      Koycegiz, Fethiye, Bodrum, Milas, Marmaris and Datca are among the major
      towns of Mugla.
      Mugla itself is one of the most ancient cities of the Caria region.
      See photographs of Mugla at:

      http://www.mehmetsokmeninyeri.com/Photo/KategoriIller.asp?kategori=48%20Mu%F0la

      * The 11th International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival will start on
      June 12 this year.
      The one and only Opera and Ballet Festival in Turkey will take place in
      one of the most beautiful vacation destinations of Antalya.
      All events will be at Aspendos, a unique historical theater that has
      survived for more than 2000 years. It has a 10000-person capacity and
      beautiful acoustics.
      Many ballet and opera companies from around the world will be featured
      in the Festival.
      We will bring you the program of the Festival in the next week's news.
      For a preview, see:
      http://www.kulturturizm.gov.tr/portal/AnaEtkinlik_Tr.asp?KOD=2328

      * Another Festival is taking place in Istanbul. The historic district of
      Galata is hosting its own festival, which started on Friday and will
      continue on through Sunday.
      There are vendors of old books, photographs, paintings along with dance,
      gymnastics, folk dancing and theater performances.
      At the end of the Festival day on Saturday at night there will be a
      torchlight procession from the Galata Tower down to the port.
      On Sunday in addition to dance and yoga shows percussion master Okay
      Temiz, and the Rebetiko and Balkan music master Muammer Ketencioglu will
      perform.

      * Joan Baez and Bobby McFerrin had a concert in Istanbul Saturday as part
      of the Istanbul Jazz Festival.

      * Turkish jazz musician Emrah Kotan and his band International Groove
      Conspiracy will be playing at Atlanta Jazz Festival this Sunday.
      International Groove Conspiracy won the music contest among local
      Atlanta jazz bands to play in this festival.
      The festival is taking place at Piedmont Park. Mr. Kotan will be on the
      stage at 3 PM

      * The 14th International Istanbul Theater Festival is continuing.
      As part of the Festival, performances have been taking place at 11
      theaters throughout many districts of Istanbul.
      This year 19 theater companies from around the globe have been
      performing at the festival.
      In addition Young theater groups and dance companies have been invited
      to participate in the New Voices Project organized for the first time this
      year. What these groups have in common is being innovative and inclined to
      create new approaches in the theater and dance scene.
      Istanbul State Theaters participate in this section with "Prayer for
      Fire" by Berkun Oya.
      Ciplak Ayaklar Kumpanyasi performs "L'invitation" by Charles Cre-Ange.
      Alchera Theater stages "War-Call to Arms" based on the Trojan War.
      "Limping Tales from Istanbul" is a play from Ve Diger Seyler Toplulugu.
      "Mirror," which is based on different disciplines, is a project from
      Canan Bas.
      Studio Drama's project is "Face: Body and City." Damla Hacaloglu's
      project "Rainbow" will take place at Byzantine Palace in Sultanahmet.
      "Vertigo/o.4" is a dance show, the concept and choreography of which
      belongs to Tugce Ulugun.
      The festival will end on June 4.
      See http://www.istfest.org/tiyatro/english/ for more.

      * The German carmaker Volkswagen's new design chief is a Turk, reports the
      Associated Press.
      For a company that symbolizes solid German values, the 46-year-old
      Turkish immigrant represents change simply by not being a longtime
      Volkswagen insider, writes the AP.
      His predecessor Hartmut Warkuss retired at 63 after 36 years at VW.
      Mr Murat Guenak says he wants to add more curves and emotion to the
      automaker's famously functional German designs.
      See the following for more:
      http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw96732_20040425.htm
      http://designophy.wiliw.com/sayi02/soylesi_en/mgunak_en.php
      And for a photograph:
      http://autogramm.volkswagen.de/05_03/images/0503/04_guenak.jpg

      SPORT

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Soccer - National Team

      Turkey 1 - 0 Australia
      Kahveci

      * Turkish Basketball - Mens' Playoffs

      Final
      Ülkerspor 1 - 0 Efes Pilsen

      Semi Final

      Ülkerspor 3 - 1 Besiktas
      Efes Pilsen 3 - 1 P.Karþýyaka

      * NBA - Playoffs

      Mehmet Okur Stats

      Game 1 Detroit 74 - 78 Indianapolis 2 pts, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 15 minutes.
      Game 2 Detroit 72 - 67 Indianapolis 9 pts, 4 rebounds and 0 assists in 16 minutes.
      Game 3 Detroit 85 - 78 Indianapolis 0 pts, 0 rebounds and 0 assists in 11 minutes.
      Game 4 Detroit 68 - 83 Indianapolis 0 pts, 2 rebounds and 0 assists in 5 minutes.

      Series tied 2 - 2


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