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      * US Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. James Jones
      and US Central Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Lance
      Smith yesterday arrived in Turkey and met with Turkish
      military officials to discuss measures to fight the
      terrorist PKK presence in northern Iraq. During the
      meeting, Turkish officials briefed the US generals
      about Turkeys efforts against the PKK and Ankaras
      sensitivities on the issue. Afterwards, the generals
      signed an accession document for the Center of
      Excellence Defense Against Terrorism on behalf of their
      country. /Turkiye/

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, speaking at a
      press conference yesterday, Turkey's Foreign Affairs
      Ministry Spokesman Namik Tan said that the US operation
      in Tal Afar, Iraq should work to distinguish between
      local residents and terrorists.
      US troops have been carrying operations against
      insurgents in Tel Afar, a city populated mainly by
      Iraqi Turks.
      Mr. Tan stated that Turkey was working to help solve
      the situation in the city, adding that Turkish
      officials had conveyed Turkey's sensitivities about the
      issue and urged the US not to harm innocents living
      In related news, the US Embassy in Ankara issued a
      written statement, stressing that US operations didnt
      target a particular ethnic group and that no chemical
      weapons were used in the operations.

      * The proponents and opponents of Turkish membership in
      the European Union continued their verbal dueling last
      BBC reported UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw saying
      that Turkey should become a European Union member
      state despite refusing to recognize Greek Cyprus, a
      European Union member.
      Mr. Straw believes Turkey's entry into the union
      would be a blow to those who say there is a "clash of
      civilizations" between the Muslim world and the West.
      "It will prove that a secular democracy which shows
      respect for Islam can live comfortably in Europe," he
      Mr. Straw expressed his opinions in an Op-Ed in the
      International Herald Tribune
      Talks on Turkey's entry bid are to begin on 3 October
      but there is opposition to full membership in several
      European Union states.
      Meanwhile MSNBC reported that Kurt Volker, principal
      deputy assistant US Secretary of State, as saying
      that "it was in the interests of all parties for
      Turkeys path into Europe to be cleared" late Thursday.

      * A poll conducted by German Marshall Fund released on
      Wednesday is finding that support for Turkey's
      membership in the European Union among peoples of
      various countries is waning. The study showed only 22
      percent of voters in nine European Union countries
      believed Turkey's entry would be a good thing, 29
      percent said it would be a bad thing -- up 9 percent --
      and 42 percent neither good nor bad.
      Hostility was highest in France and Germany, while
      support was strongest in Britain and Italy. However,
      respondents in all European Union countries surveyed
      rejected the arguments that Turkey was too Muslim, poor
      or populous to join.
      Among Turks, backing for joining the European Union
      fell to 63 percent from 73 percent last year,
      possibly reflecting exasperation at haggling with
      Brussels over the terms for opening talks.

      * Turkey's Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu issued a
      written statement calling for the nation to remain calm
      in the face of recent provocations of the rebel
      Kurdistan Worker's Party, reports the Turkish daily
      Saying that in the past the nation had been hurt by
      such provocations, he added that governors in Turkey
      had the power to intervene in illegal activities.
      Mr. Aksu further stressed that Turkey was a state of
      law and reiterated his call for calm.
      Mr. Abdulkadi Aksu himself is an ethnic Kurd from
      southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

      * Israel is planning to open interest sections at the
      Turkish embassy in a number of Islamic countries,
      well-placed Turkish sources revealed Wednesday,
      September 7.
      The sources told Turkish NTV network that Israel
      finds it hard to open embassies in any Islamic
      country like Pakistan, but believes that the best way
      to reach out to it is through setting up an interest
      office based at the Turkish embassy.


      Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * Competitors for the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film
      Festival's national category have been announced, with
      16 Turkish movies named as candidates. This festival
      record highlights the progress of Turkish cinema since
      for the last few years the number of contenders in the
      national competition category has been woefully low.
      Despite the fact that a preliminary selection should
      be made if more than 12 candidates apply according to
      festival regulations, the Antalya Culture and Art
      Foundation (AKSAV) released a statement announcing that
      all applications had been accepted.
      The festival, scheduled for Sept. 24-Oct. 1, and
      incorporating the 1st Eurasian Film Festival, will
      feature well-known directors such as Memduh Ün, Atif
      Yilmaz, Ali Özgentürk and Erden Kiral competing with
      youngsters like Mert Baykal and Ulas Inanç, who are
      joining with their first movies.
      Ün is one in a field of many competing for the Golden
      Orange award with his movie "Cinema Is a Miracle",
      which he describes as his latest mark on cinema.
      Cem Baseskioglu is another candidate with his movie
      "Whatever You Wish", which tells the story of a woman
      who learns she has cancer and tries to protect her
      daughter against the dangers that could emerge after
      her death.
      With 50 years of cinema behind him and the
      distinction of being a six-time winner of the Best
      Film award and a five-time Best Director, Atif Yilmaz
      is back again with "Egreti Gelin."
      Turkish cinema master Erden Kiral is in the running
      with "On the Road" as is Abdullah Oguz with "He's
      Convicted Now" starring Burhan Öcal, Yavuz Bingöl and
      Fadik Sevin Atasoy. The last candidate for the Golden
      Orange is Yüksel Akin's "My Ice Cream is Creamy".

      * Turkey's leading electronic and alternative music
      radio station FG 93.7 is holding a two-day electronic
      music festival in Istanbul Sept. 9-10, sponsored by
      Pepsi, a mere week after the city was rocked by the
      Rock 'n Coke 2005 festival.
      Pepsi Electronica Festival Istanbul 2005 will charge
      electronica (techno) music fans in Orman Park, with 60
      DJs and 10 live sets, performing 100 hours of non-stop
      music on eight stages.
      The first Electronica Festival Istanbul was held last
      year on June 4 at Park Orman and attracted over
      12,000 club music fans. The festival received much
      fanfare with its 12 live sets and 42 DJs performing on
      four stages for 18 hours of non-stop music. This year,
      the festival is expecting to draw 20,000 fans.
      The festival will stage live performances by Mylo,
      the 24-year-old Scottish electronica genius whose
      debut album, "Destroy Rock & Roll," was celebrated as
      the best electronic music album of 2004 by music
      critics; Fischerspooner, pioneers of the electro-pop
      movement; and Télépopmusik, the French eclectic dance
      music trio famous for their hit "Breathe." Only music
      and dance will be in the foreground for this festival.

      * Assyrians living in Mardin's Midyat district have
      started to prepare their annual vintage wine, for which
      there is a huge demand at home and abroad. The
      villagers are expecting to produce nearly 20 tons of
      red wine, with most of it destined for export. Yusuf
      Uluisik, 55, has been making wine since he was 14 and
      says that a few years ago they were producing wine for
      their own consumption. "I'll make five tons of wine
      this year. Last year we produced one ton. We're
      getting orders already, and I'll make the wine with my
      80-year-old mother Peyruze Uluisik. People love our
      wine because of its good taste."
      Uluisik added that it is possible to produce one ton
      of wine from one-and-a-half tons of quality grapes
      while lower quality grapes produce 1 ton from
      two-and-half tons of grapes.

      * The Konak Municipality and the Izmir Culture and
      Tourism Directorate kicked off a special cinema project
      last Thursday titled "Cinema on the Street," to feature
      contemporary Turkish movies outside of theaters.
      The project's first film was "Oyunbozan" by Nesli
      Çölgeçen, shown last Friday at the Ali Fuat Cebesoy
      Primary School, where students and residents enjoyed
      the novelty of watching a contemporary Turkish movie in
      a new setting.
      One of the best-known classics of Turkish cinema,
      "Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar," directed by Tunç Basaran, is
      featured on Sept. 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the last bus stop
      in Çinartepe. The last movie of the program to be
      featured is "Selale" by Semir Aslanyürek, aired on
      Sept. 30 in Çimentepe.

      * An excavation team from La Sapenza University in
      Rome, working in Mersin's Ayaþ district, has discovered
      the largest temple in the region, believed to have been
      built in A.D. 100 by the Romans, reported the Anatolia
      news agency.
      Archaeologist Dr. Emanuela Borgia said the temple was
      turned into a church around A.D. 500-600 and collapsed
      during an earthquake that struck in 700-800. She said
      no information exists as to when the temple was
      originally built but added that they are hoping to
      discover some clues during excavation.

      * One of the most beautiful-sounding instruments for
      centuries, the ud is turning into a modern work of art
      in the hands of talented lute masters. Turkish uds
      have been making the rounds worldwide, from the United
      States to Greece and from Germany to Saudi Arabia. This
      special instrument, whose name is derived from "el-oud"
      -- meaning Mediterranean aloe, or star cactus in Arabic
      -- is among the most important instruments of classical
      Turkish music. In fact, the lute is one of the hardest
      instruments to craft and play; Turkey is a primary
      lute-making country and Turkish lutes are in demand
      across the globe.
      Speaking to an Anatolia news agency reporter, lute
      master Metin Kesici said he has been creating lutes for
      20 years, starting right after he retired. Kesici said
      lute crafting is very difficult and that the lute
      master should be very careful when working on the body
      of the instrument.
      Kesici said there is increasing demand for lutes from
      abroad as well as domestically "I have presented many
      lutes to students who couldn't afford one. We export
      our lutes to the United States, Greece, Germany and
      Saudi Arabia. At first, Turkish expats demanded lutes,
      but now people who realize that Turkish lutes are the
      best are also asking for them. We send out only the
      best-made lutes. When you're doing your job as well as
      possible, people take notice." There are many lute
      makers in the world, but Turkish lute masters are
      without peer. Maintenance and protection of the lute is
      demanding; the body of the lute shouldn't come in
      contact with wet cloths, soap, alcohol or chemicals,
      and the instrument should be kept flat in a closet with
      exposure to a little bit of light.

      * The Antalya Piano Festival, sponsored by the Greater
      Antalya Municipality and the Antalya Arts and Culture
      Foundation, will take on an international flavor this
      Antalya Piano Festival said in a statement that the
      sixth Antalya Piano Festival, scheduled for Oct.
      13-26, will also be the first Antalya International
      Piano Festival. Eight concerts will be performed by
      seven pianists, three of whom are foreign. The opening
      concert is to be performed by world-famous Turkish
      pianist Fazil Say, also the event's director. Other
      well-known pianists, including Kerem Görsev, Uri Caine,
      Montcaud Trio, Sahin Novrasli, Özgür Aydin and Emre
      Elivar, will entertain audiences during the festival.

      * A collection of artifacts found during excavations at
      Ikiztepe in Samsun's Bafra district are on display in a
      special exhibition at the Samsun Archaeology and
      Ethnography Museum.
      Istanbul University, the Samsun Governor's Office and
      the Bafra Mayor's Office have prepared a special
      celebratory program for the excavations under the
      banner "30th Year Celebration of Ikiztepe Excavations."
      The program includes a symposium and exhibition,
      featuring special pieces from among 10,000 artifacts
      brought to light during the 30-year dig. Team leader
      Professor Önder Bilgin of Istanbul University said they
      selected the best pieces to display from among many and
      that the exhibition features some interesting items not
      previously displayed.
      Excavation of the ruins at Ikiztepe show traces of
      settlements stretching back to the Chalcolithic era
      (5,000-4,000 B.C.) through 1,700 B.C. Some 20
      settlement layers were found and date from the Late
      Bronze Age (3,000-2,000 B.C.) to the early Hittite era
      (1,900-1,800 B.C.), in addition to a sarcophagus from
      the Hellenistic era (330-30 B.C.).
      The most interesting pieces were surgically altered
      skulls indicating the archaic "open-head" method of
      surgery, which differed from the medical methods
      employed by the Aztecs and late Egyptians.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.33


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 77/52 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 95/72 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 81/66 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 88/66 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 79/66 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 77
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 77
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 82


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * FIFA World Cup

      Turkey 2 - 2 Denmark
      48' Okan 41' Claus Jensen
      81' Tümer 90' Larsen (3rd minute of extra time)

      Turkey 1 - 0 Ukraine
      55' Tümer

      Teams Pts

      Ukraine 24
      Turkey 20
      Greece 18
      Denmark 16
      Albania 12
      Georgia 9
      Kazakhstan 0

      * Turkish Superleague

      Week 5 Matches

      Denizlispor Ankaragucu
      Diyarbakirspor Kayserispor
      Erciyesspor Malatyaspor
      Fenerbahçe Ankaraspor
      Galatasaray Sivasspor
      Gençlerbirligi Konyaspor
      Rizespor Besiktas
      Samsunspor Manisaspor
      Trabzonspor Gaziantepspor


      Team Pts
      1. Galatasaray 10
      2. Fenerbahçe 8
      3. Besiktas 8
      4. Trabzonspor 8
      5. Gaziantepspor 8
      6. Erciyesspor 8
      7. Sivasspor 8
      8. Kayserispor 6
      9. Ankaraspor 6
      10. Diyarbakirspor 5
      11. Konyaspor 5
      12. Manisaspor 4
      13. Samsunspor 3
      14. Gençlerbirligi 2
      15. Malatyaspor 2
      16. Rizespor 1
      17. Ankaragucu 1
      18. Denizlispor 1


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