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      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message to mark
      the 67th anniversary of the secularism principle on Thursday,
      stating that freedom of belief was protected by the secular regime.
      However, he also added that religious beliefs should not be used as a political tool.
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also issued a message to mark
      the issue, stating that basic rights were protected by the secularism principle, reported the daily Milliyet.

      * Rescue workers pulled 16 more bodies from the ruins of a
      collapsed apartment building in Konya Thursday, raising the death toll to
      43. The apartment building in Turkeys central province of Konya suddenly collapsed on
      Monday morning.
      Officials stated the a total of 144 people were registered
      to have been living in the 37 apartments of the building. The floors of the
      11-story building had mostly collapsed on top of each other.
      Hopes of finding more survivors began to fade Wednesday and some
      50-60 people are still expected to be under the debris. Meanwhile,
      police detained two of the contactors of the building.
      Investigation is underway to find out whether the accident took place
      because contractors ignored the building codes.
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to punish those
      responsible for the collapse of the building. "This incident cannot
      be left without an answer", stated the prime minister after
      inspecting the site. There should be a price for it, and there
      will be.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul,
      who is currently in Brussels to attend the 16th congress of the European
      Peoples Party, addressed the congress and briefed the participants on
      Turkey's reforms and on Turkish-European Union relations on Thursday. The foreign affairs
      minister expressed that Turkey was part of Europe.
      Later, Mr. Gul met with European Union High Representative Javier Solana
      to discuss a number of issues. Speaking afterwards, Gul and Solana stated
      that they had discussed such issues as Cyprus, Middle East and Turkish-European Union

      * In related news, speaking to a Belgian daily La Libre Belgique yesterday,
      European Union Commission President Romano Prodi said that the
      Commission would be impartial regarding Turkeys accession, adding that
      the political decision would be given by the European Union Commission and the
      European Parliament.
      The European Union will enlarge with 10 countries in May, he stated, adding that the European Union
      also wanted Turkey to join the European Union. He further stated that the European Union also wanted to cooperate with such countries as Morocco, Ukraine, and Moldova, according to the daily Aksam.

      * On Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on
      Cypriot leaders to begin Cyprus talks on Feb. 10. Mr. Annan's spokesman
      said that the secretary-general had written to Turkish Cypriot
      President Rauf Denktas and Greek Cypriot President Tassos
      Papadopoulos, inviting them to New York on Feb. 10 to resume
      negotiations on his reunification plan.
      The objective, he said, would be to put a completed text to referenda in April,
      in time for a reunited Cyprus to accede the European Union on May 1.
      Letters were also sent to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
      and his Greek counterpart Costas Simitis, asking them to have representatives
      on hand in New York for that occasion.
      Mr. Annan has also invited United States and Britain, the third guarantor power
      for Cyprus together with Greece and Turkey, to send observers to talks. President Denktas reacted to those reports yesterday saying there was no need for having
      European Union, or American observers at the Cyprus talks.

      * In related news, the daily Turkiye reported that, Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus President Rauf Denktas, Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat and
      Foreign Affairs Minister Serdar Denktas who arrived in Ankara at the beginning of this
      week to meet with Turkish leaders to discuss the Cyprus issue, prolonged their
      visit to Ankara to evaluate United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annans
      invitation to resume Cyrus talks on Feb.10.
      Later Turkish Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan met with Turkish Cypriot leaders. During the meeting, reportedly
      conditions of Annans invitations were discussed. Speaking to reporters Denktas stated that he might travel to New York after evaluations both with Turkish and then Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus officials.


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 54/34 Foggy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/52 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 59/43 Foggy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 68/46 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 54/43 Showers

      Snow heights at skiing locations:

      Davraz, in Isparta , South Central Turkey 98 inches
      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 31 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 47 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 55 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 27 inches
      Sakl?kent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 47 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 32 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 124 inches


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Futbol - Premier Division

      Week 19 results

      Galatasaray 3-0 Gaziantepspor
      Samsunspor 3-2 Ankaragucu
      Bursaspor 0-1 Besiktas
      Rizespor 1-2 Denizlispor
      G.Birligi 3-4 Diyarbakirspor
      Konyaspor 2-0 Elazigspor
      Adanaspor 1-1 Istanbulspor
      Sebatspor 2-2 Malatyaspor
      Fenerbahce 3-1 Trabzonspor

      Week 20 matches
      Trabzonspor - Adanaspor
      Ankaragucu - Besiktas
      Galatasaray - Bursaspor
      Elazigspor - Fenerbahce
      Gaziantepspor - G.Birligi
      Diyarbakirspor - Konyaspor
      Malatyaspor - Rizespor
      Denizlispor - Samsunspor
      Istanbulspor - Sebatspor

      * Standing in the league

      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 46
      2. Fenerbahce 41
      3. Trabzonspor 34
      4. Denizlispor 33
      5. Galatasaray 33
      6. Malatyaspor 31
      7. Diyarbakirspor 29
      8. Samsunspor 29
      9. Gaziantepspor 29
      10. G.Birligi 27
      11. Konyaspor 24
      12. Istanbulspor 22
      13. Ankaragucu 22
      14. Sebatspor 18
      15. Rizespor 15
      16. Bursaspor 13
      17. Adanaspor 12
      18. Elazigspor 12

      * The Union of European Football Associations chose the
      Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul to stage the 2005 European
      Champions League final.
      "It has a huge capacity and it is a location in Europe that has not hosted a final before", Lars-Christer
      Olsson, the union of European football associations chief executive, stated. "They have complied with
      everything we asked of them" he added.
      The Union of European Football Associations stated that it had received the necessary assurances from the
      Turkish authorities. "The conditions are the same, generally, as for all
      countries and they have given guarantees", Olsson said. "We have also
      asked for additional investments in the infrastructure around the stadium
      and they have agreed to this, too." Meanwhile, Vice President for Union of European Football Associations,
      Senes Erzik said that it was very important that the Union of European Football Associations wants Turkey
      to stage next year's final of European club football's most prestigious
      competition. "It will be the first in our region, including the Balkans," added Erzik.

      * Turkish Basketball - Men
      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1 Efes Pilsen 16 14 2 1350 1040 30
      2 Ülker 16 13 3 1233 1094 29
      3 Beþiktaþ 16 12 4 1336 1211 28
      4 P.Karþýyaka 16 11 5 1288 1211 27
      5 Tuborg 16 10 6 1203 1177 26
      6 Türk Telekom 16 9 7 1194 1172 25
      7 Aras I.T.U 16 8 8 1294 1324 24
      8 Darüþþafaka 16 8 8 1151 1137 24
      9 Fenerbahçe 16 6 10 1265 1307 22
      10 Galatasaray 16 6 10 1238 1310 22
      11 Tekelspor 16 6 10 1174 1272 22
      12 Büyük Kolej 16 5 11 1148 1258 21
      13 Oyak Renault 16 2 14 1102 1283 18
      14 Tofaþ 16 2 14 1038 1218 18
      *Turkish Basketball - Women
      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1 Fenerbahçe 15 15 - 1150 865 30
      2 Botaþ 15 11 4 1081 955 26
      3 Migros 15 11 4 1041 899 26
      4 Çankaya Arý Koleji 15 10 5 1166 1057 25
      5 Erdemir 15 9 6 1176 993 24
      6 Ceyhan Bld. 15 8 7 1098 1022 23
      7 ÝÜSK 15 8 7 1040 1012 23
      8 Ayvalýk Küçükköy Bld. 15 6 9 1107 1115 21
      9 Beþiktaþ 15 6 9 884 982 21
      10 Galatasaray 15 3 12 834 1037 18
      11 Urla Bld. 15 2 13 961 1213 17
      12 Güre Bld. 15 1 14 941 1329 16

      * NBA
      Detroit 81-92 Cleveland Okur did not play
      Detroit 102-100 Miami Okur 7 points, 30 minutes
      Detroit 80-78 Memphis Okur 27 points, 12 minutes
      San Antonio 102 - 94 Sacramento Turkoglu 13 points, 38 minutes
      San Antonio 96 - 90 Seattle Turkoglu 12 points, 25 minutes
      San Antonio 83 - 65 Utah Turkoglu 3 points, 28 minutes


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Three Turkish artists started exhibiting their works in the Chapman Ubiversity's Gugenheim Gallery in Orange located in the greater Los Angeles area with a reception today.
      The exhibition titled "Poetics of Proximity" which brings together a diverse group of artists who address issues of globalization and displacement as manifested in the diverse cultural narratives.
      In addition to the three Turks the show features works from Los Angeles artists as well as an international group of artists from Morocco, Afghanistan, Algeriaand Iran, some of whom will be showing in Southern California for the first time.
      Scheduled for February 7-March 20, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog and a series of artists' lectures and panels.
      Participating Turkish artist are Serkan Ozkaya, Arzu Arda Kosar, and Gul Cagin.

      See for more at www.poeticsofproximity.com

      * Bay area middle eastern music performer Mimi Spencer passed away on Thursday. Mimi was suffering breast cancer.
      Another musician, Hank Levin, says that Mimi played a number of Middle Eastern instruments for purposes of teaching, but her specialty was the kanun, the ubiquitous zither of the Middle East. A very difficult instrument, it exists primarily in two forms, Arabic and Turkish. Mimi excelled in both.
      Mr. Levin also adds that as an instrumentalist, she was primarily self-taught, although she studied at times with some of the world's top musicians, including Turkish oud virtuoso Necati Çelik, and kanun virtuosos Halil Karaduman and Göksel Baktiger.

      Mimi performed in many Turkish events over the years. She will be missed.

      * Mount Vernon Orchestra will be performing music from the masters of Azerbaijan along with the works of Camille Saint-Saens and Pablo de Sarasate this Sunday in Alexandria Virginia.
      The concert is organized jointly by The US-Azerbaijan Council, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, TUSIAD, American Turkish Association of Washington-DC and the Ataturk Society of America.
      Among the Azeri composers featured are Sultan Hajibeyov and Kara Karayev.
      Before the concert, President of the US-Azerbaijan Council Dr. Jayhun Mollazade will provide a pre-concert discussion of the music of Azerbaijan and its culture.
      The concert will take place at 4:30 pm at the Bishop Ireton High School.

      * The third annual "If Istanbul International Film Festival" kicks off February 12 through the 22nd in Beyoglu, Istanbul.
      The festival will feature 40 international films from 6 different genres, as well as a special selection for new domestic films.
      February 14th, Valentine's Day will feature "Love," a film specially selected for the day's theme.
      For more information on the event, please log on to http://www.ifistanbul.com.

      * Turkey, long admired as the bridge between the East and West, modernism and antiquity, has finally decided to put together a campaign to highlight all of its best features.
      Murat Ozyasar has set up a website allowing people to vote on Turkey's 7 wonders. The voting began on www.7woa.com, and is open to everyone.
      Votes have been coming in from countries like US, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, Iran, Germany and even Afghanistan.
      Already 22,000 participants have logged on and the ranking of the wonders so far are: Sumela Monastary in first place, followed by Pamukkale, Kapadokya , Mount Nemrut, Ishak Pasha Castle, Hasankeyf and Mardin.
      Mr. Ozyasar, the creator of the website, hopes the website will promote historians to continue their research on these areas, as well as promote tourism to the sites.
      He hopes to add links and pictures to the website soon as well.

      * Hard rock legends Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner will bring their new collaboration, the Hughes Turner Project (HTP) to Turkey on February 28.
      Hughes, best known as bass guitarist for Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and Turner, lead singer for Rainbow and Deep Purple, will be in Istanbul for a highly anticipated concert.
      Turkish fans will hear hits like "I Surrender," "Spotlight Kid, and "No Stranger to Love," along with many others.
      For more information on the concert, please log on to http://www.htpsupportersclub.org or http://www.glenhughes.com.

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      North May Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
      tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
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      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

      For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:

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