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      NEWSBRIEFS

      Edited by Jan Claire

      * A proposal by Turkish officials could bring an end some day to worries over oil
      being shipped down the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus is the narrow straits that
      connect the Black and Marmara seas right through the center of metropolitan
      Istanbul area, where more than 10 million Turks live.
      The proposal, reported in The Financial Times this week, would offer licenses
      to build over-land pipelines to carry oil from the Black Sea to the Aegean oil
      ports, but only if oil companies agree to use them.
      The concern over shipping oil through the Bosphorus stems from the fact that it
      has become one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and according to the
      Turkish government it is an "accident waiting to happen".
      While Russia, the major shippers to the straits, has no problem with studying
      the possibility of pipelines, it is not believed, by those in the oil industry,
      that shipping of oil would stop because of pipelines. Most informed observers
      feel Russia would wish to continue taking advantage of free access to the
      Bosphorus regardless of Turkish worries that a devastating accident is long
      overdue.
      Crude oil shipping through the Bosphorus is up 60 percent from five years ago.

      * A couple of brief news articles this week appeared in the AFP press reports.
      First:
      Turkey will be hosting NATO Air Force exercises in which 100 aircraft and 1,500
      military personnel will take part. The major exercise planned for September 4 to
      16 involves joint air operations and testing of electronic warfare capabilities.
      We will have further reports on this as the date nears.

      * The other news brief from AFP this week indicates that Ankara is speeding up
      discussions with a Malaysian group to build a third bridge over the Bosphorus.
      The new span, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul would cost an
      estimated 1-billion Euros.
      Other news sources have reported that officials close to Turkish Prime Minister
      Erdogan said that the he was warm to the idea of a third bridge but had to look
      into guarantees required by the Malaysian group over traffic flow.

      * Al Jazeera television has aired a report that two Turkish hostages have been
      shot and killed in northern Iraq.
      The television station quoted its own sources in saying the bodies of two
      Turkish hostages executed by gunfire have been found in Baiji, a key oil refinery
      town in the Sunni Muslim belt that stretches north and west from the Iraqi
      capital.
      Al Jazeera has not given further details, though a group called Islamic Unity
      Group posted a website statement threatening force to stop Turkey from sending
      military equipment and assistance to what they called the "invading forces" via
      its border with Iraq.

      * Correspondent Deanna Cooper of the Kodiak Alaska Daily Mirror has reported that
      a group of Turkish university students remain in Kodiak, waiting to be paid for a
      month and a half's work at the Woodbine Alaska Fish Company in nearby Egegik.
      The students were sponsored for jobs with the fish company by the Council of
      International Education Exchange on an inbound exchange, work and travel program.
      Apparently the Woodbine Company paid the students but when they tried to cash the
      checks at a Kodiak bank, they could not be cashed since there was no money in
      Woodbine's accounts pay them.
      Some of the students according to reporter Cooper went back to Woodbine and
      demanded to be paid. Some of the students received payment in full, but the 30
      remaining are still waiting.
      One student's call home to Turkey resulted in a story in a major Turkish
      newspaper, and local fame for the students. The vice president of the exchange
      program met with Woodbine officials, and several of the Turkish students have now
      been paid. The exchange program said, "We are working on the students' behalf to
      try and get to the bottom of the set of circumstances there and make sure they
      get the wages they are due for the work they completed," she said.

      * This week's update on Turkey's possible entry into the European Union brings
      more support from Germany and the Netherlands:
      After visiting the Turkish Black Sea region cities of Samsun, Trabzon, Rize and
      Hopa, German ambassador to Ankara Wolf Ruthart said that he feels this December
      Turkey will likely get a date for European Union accession talks. The German
      newspaper Die Welt said that Turkey should join the European Union. The paper
      said the European Union should not miss this chance since Turkey would positively
      change its future. He praised the Turkish Prime Ministers effort toward the
      European Union bid but there is a huge cost to beginning accession talks.
      Estimated cost of Fifteen billion euros!
      The Turkish daily Aksam reported that while there has been discussion within
      the European Union about Turkeys different cultural history, the Netherlands
      government has said that the Muslim population was not one of the reasons to
      block Turkey's European Union membership, and the Dutch government - which
      currently holds the European Union presidency - further stressed that about 20
      million Muslims already live in European Union member states.

      * Good news on Turkey's financial recovery and organization, as Fitch Ratings
      this week raised its outlook for its rating on Turkeys long-term debt as
      denominated in foreign currencies and lira because of the country's improving
      economic situation.
      According to Business Day, the international rating agency said in a statement
      that its B-Plus rating on Turkeys debt had a positive outlook compared with a
      previously stable outlook.
      This, according to Fitch Ratings, reflects a combination of improving economic
      and financial fundamentals and clearer prospects over the future of Turkey's
      relationship with the International Monetary Fund.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * A festival showcasing the multifaceted nature of Turkich culture, the "Simdi
      Now" festival began in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, August 27th.
      The festival includes concerts by world famous Turkish singers, and is
      organized by the Turkish Foreign Affairs Council and German government.
      Lasting 9 days and taking place on more than 20 different stages, the festival
      will display 50 different aspects of the Turkish culture, including food, dance
      performances and conferences:
      Güher & Süher Pekinel siblings will give a concert with the accompany of Die
      Deutche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Paavo Järvi. A project realized
      by famous Turkish composer Fazil Say and pop star Sertab Erener will attract
      attention.
      Video installation of Kutlug Ataman, video project of Fikret Atay, Burhan Öcal
      Trakya All Stars concert at which they host Paco de Lucia, Toros Can and Ferhan &
      Ferzan Önder piano recitals, Kudsi Ergüner and Istanbul Müezzinleri, Sema show by
      Bezmara Group, "Home Sweet Home" by Emre Koyuncuog(lu, Nefes (Breath) prepared
      for Istanbul by Pina Bausch, various projects offered by ilhan Ersahin, Mercan
      Dede, Baba Zula and Sultan Tunç, Sezen Aksu and Tarkan concerts are among the
      activities of Simdi - Now.
      Furthermore there will be Literature Chats with the participation of famous
      authors such as Murathan Mungan, Oya Baydar and Müge Iplikci and exhibitions
      where the examples of Ottoman Calligraphic Art and Ottoman clothing displayed.
      One conference in particular, titled "How far can Europe reach?" will discuss
      the much-debated inclusion of Turkey in the European Union.
      For more information on the festival, please visit their website:
      http://www.simdi-now.info .

      * The Anatolian News Agfency reports that what is believed to be the world's
      oldest toilet and sewer system, dating to prehistoric times was found during the
      excavation of a historical castle in Van, a city in eastern Turkey.
      Archeologists unearthed the sewer system which was very similar to today's
      toilets, and proved an advanced understanding of architecture and plumbing in
      Anatolian civilizations. Lead archeologist Istanbul University Eurasian
      Archaeology Institute Director Prof. Dr. Oktay Belli stated that the architects
      of the historical castle were the Urartu Kingdom.
      The Urartu Kingdom was established in eastern Anatolia at the beginning of the
      first millennium BC after the fall of the Hittite empire and survived for three
      centuries.

      * In another archeological excavation in Van, a city in northeastern Turkey, the
      world's largest dog cemetery was found. The cemetery included over 80 buried
      dogs, and several of the dog's owners were found buried alongside the animals.
      According to archeologists, the finding gives us insight into the social
      characteristics of ancient civilizations and displays the significance of dogs in
      society.
      See more about Van and Urartus at:
      http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/archaeology/sites/europe/lakevanurartu.html

      * As a part of the European Union Youth and Education Program, 50 students from
      all over Europe came on a trip to Denizli, a city in western Turkey, to study the
      famous Laodikeia reliefs.
      Sponsored by the City of Denizli, the program aimed to show the students the
      importance of cultural respect and preservation.
      The students also participated in an environmental clean-up project and helped
      paint a local schoolhouse.
      The program was well-received by all.
      As for the th ancient Laodikeia city that teh students visited, it is four
      miles north of the city of Denizli. It is located at a very favorable point to
      the south of Lykos river. According to the historian Plinius, Laodikeia has been
      constructed on the ruins of a village that was first called as Diospolis "City of
      Zeus" and then as Rhoas.
      The name Diospolis is the symbol of the importance given to Zeus cult there.
      The name Rhoas may belong to one of the native Anatolian languages.
      According to archaic sources, the city has been established by Antiokhos 2nd
      between the years 263 - 261 BC and the name of Antiokhos's wife, Laodike, has
      been given to the city.
      See mor about ir at:
      http://www.kultur.gov.tr/portal/arkeoloji_en.asp?belgeno=2759

      * An underwater excavation taking place Beysehir Lake in Konya, a province in
      central Turkey, unearthed historical artifacts from ancient ships dating back to
      the Anatolian Seljuk Empire of 12th and 13th century.
      The unique findings, such as an extra-large ship anchor, confirmed the theory
      that Turkish ship building was very advanced for its time.
      The team of archeologists hopes to continue their excavations as soon as they
      can further fund the project.

      * Famous British pianist Stephen Gutman gave a well-received concert in Bodrum, a
      coastal town on the Aegean coast, over the weekend. Sponsored by the British
      government, the concert featured modern and classic pieces.

      * An archeological excavation in Hasankeyf, a part of the city of Batman in
      southeastern Turkey, found the traces of five different civilizations. The
      unexpected findings have prompted archeologists to continue the excavations into
      October.

      * The 3rd Annual Ankara Music and Dance Festival began on Friday, August 27th.
      Musicians and dancers from eight countries--Greece, Bulgaria, Romania,
      Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Turkey--will participate in the week-long
      festival.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,508,000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 93/64 Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 90/75 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 79/70 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 88/73 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/70 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 79
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 72
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 84


      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      *Premier Division Futbol

      Week 3 results:

      G.Birligi 1 - 1 Ankaraspor
      Denizlispor 3 - 1 Besiktas
      Malatyaspor 3 - 4 Trabzonspor
      Samsunspor 1 - 1 Konyaspor
      Istanbulspor 0 - 3 Fenerbahce
      Galatasaray 2 - 1 Rizespor
      Kayserispor 1 - 1 Ankaragucu
      Sebatspor 2 - 2 Diyarbakirspor
      Gaziantepspor 1 - 0 Sakaryaspor

      Week 4 matches:

      Rizespor - Samsunspor 2 - 0
      Ankaraspor - Denizlispor 3 - 2
      Konyaspor - Istanbulspor 2 - 1
      Kayserispor - Fenerbahce 0 - 2

      Diyarbakirspor - Malatyaspor
      Ankaragucu - Sebatspor
      Trabzonspor - G.Birligi
      Sakaryaspor - Galatasaray
      Besiktas - Gaziantepspor

      Standings:

      Team Pts
      1. Trabzonspor 9
      2. Denizlispor 9
      3. Fenerbahce 7
      4. Galatasaray 6
      5. Gaziantepspor 6
      6. Diyarbakirspor 5
      7. G.Birligi 5
      8. Malatyaspor 4
      9. Ankaraspor 4
      10. Ankaragucu 3
      11. Rizespor 2
      11. Samsunspor 2
      13. Besiktas 2
      14. Konyaspor 2
      15. Istanbulspor 2
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      16. Sebatspor 1
      17. Kayserispor 1
      18. Sakaryaspor 0

      * UEFA Cup

      2nd Qualifying Round

      Gençlerbirligi 1-0 Rijeka 1st leg home
      Gençlerbirligi 1-2 Rijeka 2nd leg away

      Gençlerbirligi advances on goal aggregate (2-2; away goal rule).

      *UEFA Cup Champions' League

      Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Trabzonspor 1st leg away
      Dynamo Kiev 2-0 Trabzonspor 2nd leg home

      Dynamo Kiev advances on goal aggregate (3-2).


      * Olympics

      Medal. Sport........ Event............Athlete.......... Score/Time
      Gold.. Weightlifting Men's 56kg.......Halil Mutlu...... 295.0
      Gold.. Weightlifting Women's 48kg.....Taylan Nurcan.... 210
      Gold.. Weightlifting Men's 77kg.......Taner Sagir...... 375.0 OR
      Silver Wrestling.... Greco-Roman 66kg.Seref Eroglu.....
      Silver Taekwando.... Men's 80kg.......Bahri Tanrikulu..
      Silver Boxing....... Men's............Atagün Yalçinkaya
      Bronze Weightlifting Men's 56kg.......Sedat Artuc...... 280.0
      Bronze Wrestling.... Greco-Roman 96kg.Mehmet Ozal......
      Bronze Hammer....... .................Esref Apak....... 79.51m
      Bronze Wrestling.... Freestyle 120kg..Aydin Polatçi....

      OR: Olympic Record

      * Turkish wrestler Mehmet Ozal won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the
      Athens Summer Olympic Games. Ozal bested his Iranian rival Mesud Hashimzade to
      come in third.

      * Turkish wrestler Seref Eroglu won the silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at
      the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Eroglu, world champion in the 66-kg
      category, was bested by Azerbaijans Ferid Mansurov, who took the gold.

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