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      NEWS

      * The Turkish daily Star reports that the Turkish prime
      minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying that Turkey
      will not open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels unless
      the embargo on the Turkish Cyprus is lifted.
      Mr. Erdogan was speaking Thursday at the European
      Union Summit at Hampton Court, West of London.
      Turkey is a candidate for European Union membership,
      and as a requirement for being a candidate, it has to
      join in the customs union with all European Union
      members. The government of Cyprus, which only
      represents the Greeks on the island, is a European
      Union member.

      * Speaking of Cyprus, the president of Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat was in
      Washington this week.
      Although not recognized by the World community except
      for Turkey, Mr. Talat met many officials of the U.S.
      administration, including Secretary of State Condoleeza
      Rice.
      On Thursday, Mr. Talat attended a conference
      co-organized by the Brookings Institute and the
      Center for Strategic and International Studies.
      Commenting on the ban by almost all the countries of
      the World to trade with the Cypriot Turks and travel
      restrictions to the Turkish Cypriot areas, contact Mr.
      Talat reiterated that the isolation of the Cypriot
      Turks should be brought to end.
      "Ending our isolation will not make the division on
      the island permanent, rather it will even help
      reunification. It will also put pressure on the Greek
      Cypriots to reach a resolution," Mr. Talat said.
      Praising a number of gestures from Washington towards
      the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mr. Talat
      said that now he expects the US to take more concrete
      steps.

      * In related news, The State Department spokesman Adam
      Ereli said that the leaders of the Turkish and Greek
      communities on Cyprus should sit down to the
      negotiating table to find a permanent resolution to the
      issue in line with the U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
      Annan's plan.
      The Secretary-General Kofi Annan also made a call
      recently for the talks to resume.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, President George
      Bush intends to nominate Ross Wilson to be the next
      U.S. ambassador to Turkey, said a statement from the
      White House.
      Mr. Wilson's name has floated around for some months
      as a likely successor to Mr. Eric Edelman, the former
      U.S. ambassador to Turkey who left office in June. In
      August Edelman was named undersecretary of defense for
      policy, a key position in the Pentagon as the chief
      policy advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
      Mr. Wilson, a career member of the Senior Foreign
      Service, most recently served as executive assistant
      and chief of staff to the deputy secretary of state.
      Prior to this, he served as chief U.S. negotiator for
      the Free Trade Area of the Americas at the Office of
      the United States Trade Representative.

      * The Turkish Daily Sabah reports that the European
      Union is expected to include a tough demand from Turkey
      in its progress report expected to be published on
      November 9 to improve cultural rights and education in
      mother of a tongues of ethnic groups.
      Better access to education in Kurdish will especially
      the urged, writes the daily Sabah.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey's free
      trade zones reported a 6.3 percent increase in trade
      activity through the first nine months of 2005 compared
      to the same period last year, with total business
      climbing to $17.1 billion.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      * Turkey is participating this year in the Epcot
      International Food and Wine Festival, held every year
      since 1995 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
      The festival welcomes 1.5 million visitors each year
      from all around the World and.
      Turkey has a food and beverage kiosk at the festival
      where Turkish foods, wines and desserts are sold.
      The festival program also includes activities to
      promote Turkish culture and cuisine.
      The festival runs through Nov. 7 and features wine
      tasting events, parties, conferences, music and dance
      shows.
      See http://makeashorterlink.com/?B5CC1541C for more.

      * Featuring samples of Ottoman couture from the 16th
      and 17th centuries, an exhibit titled "Style and
      Status: Imperial Costumes of Ottoman Turkey" open on
      Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in
      Washington, D.C.
      The exhibition was introduced with a reception on
      Wednesday. World-famous Turkish fashion designer
      Atil Kutoglu held a fashion show after
      the reception. Kutoglu featured his own collection
      inspired by Ottoman couture. The exhibit, organized by
      the Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry, Koç
      Holding and the Smithsonian will run through Jan. 22,
      2006. See http://www.asia.si.edu/ for more.

      * The Cuban Embassy in Turkey's Capital Ankara hosted
      the "Cuban Colors," exhibition at the turkey's National
      Library with contributions from the Turkish Culture and
      Tourism Ministry on the occasion of Cuba's national
      day.
      Featuring a total of 52 works of plastic art from
      famous Cuban artists such as Victor Manuel, Rene
      Portocarrero, Amelia Pelaez, Mariano Rodriguez,
      Collado, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Minerve Lopez and
      Eberto Escobedo, the exhibition was open to visitors
      from Monday through Wednesday of this week.

      * The Ankara Photography Artists Association opened a
      photography exhibition at the Armada shopping mall on
      Tuesday titled "Millennium Development Targets," on the
      occasion of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.
      The United Nations Development Program representative
      to Turkey Jakob Simonsen opened the exhibition.
      The focus of the exhibition is the United Nations'
      Millennium Development Goals, highlighting issues
      such as malnutrition and poverty, providing educational
      opportunities for everyone, gender equality within
      societies and empowering women, reducing infant
      mortality, action to address epidemics in developing
      countries like HIV/AIDS and malaria, sustainable
      environmental initiatives and forming a global system
      for development cooperation.


      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.36

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 48/37 Sleet
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 72/57 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 54/46 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 64/52 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 52/46 Rainy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 68
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 66
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 70
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 77

      SPORTS

      By Mark Nowak

      * Soccer "Super Lig" results

      Trabzonspor Erciyesspor 0 - 0
      Ankaragucu Ankaraspor 3 - 2
      Galatasaray Denizlispor 1 - 1
      Kayserispor Samsunspor 6 - 3
      Gaziantepspor Rizespor 1 - 1
      Konyaspor Besiktas 0 - 1
      Malatyaspor Fenerbahçe 0 - 3
      Sivasspor Diyarbakirspor 4 - 1
      Manisaspor Gençlerbirligi 0 - 3

      Top 5 teams in the league:

      Team Total Won Draw Lost Goals Points
      1.Fenerbahçe 10 8 2 0 25 - 10 26
      2.Galatasaray 10 8 2 0 25 - 10 26
      3.Sivasspor 10 6 3 1 12 - 6 21
      4.Kayserispor 10 6 1 3 20 - 13 19
      5.Erciyesspor 10 4 5 1 11 - 7 17

      *Under 19 UEFA Championship

      Turkey 1 - 1 Romania
      Turkey 2 - 0 Albania
      Turkey 2 - 2 F.Y.R. Macedonia

      Group 9

      Teams GP W D L GF GA Pts
      Turkey 3 1 2 0 5 3 5
      Macedonia 3 1 2 0 6 4 5
      Romania 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
      Albania 3 0 0 3 2 8 0


      *Turkish Men's Basketball - Standings

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1.Ülker 3 2 1 220 222 5
      2.Efes 2 2 0 161 108 4
      3.Tekel 2 2 0 160 113 4
      4.Telekom 2 2 0 191 169 4
      5.Darüşşafaka 2 2 0 176 167 4
      6.P.Karşıyaka 3 1 2 209 234 4
      7.Banvit 2 1 1 186 142 3
      8.Fenerbahçe 2 1 1 190 159 3
      9.Büyük Kolej 2 1 1 145 129 3
      10.T.Pilsner 2 1 1 157 145 3
      11.Beşiktaş 2 1 1 152 149 3
      12.G.Saray 2 1 1 147 157 3
      13.Mersin 2 0 2 174 189 2
      14.Beykoz 2 0 2 128 180 2
      15.Erdemir 2 0 2 104 157 2
      16.İTÜ 2 0 2 115 195 2
      *Turkish Women's Basketball - Standings

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1. Ceyhan Belediyesi 2 2 0 155 107 4
      2. İstanbul Üni. 2 2 0 150 134 4
      3. Fenerbahçe 2 2 0 139 135 4
      4. Beşiktaş 2 1 1 150 131 3
      5. Botaş 2 1 1 138 127 3
      6. Ted Kayseri Koleji 2 1 1 140 142 3
      7. Erdemir 2 1 1 155 160 3
      8. Mersin 2 1 1 132 150 3
      9. Bursa Yıldırım 2 1 1 131 151 3
      10. Çankaya Üni. 2 0 2 146 150 2
      11. Burhaniye 2 0 2 142 159 2
      12. Migrosspor 2 0 2 111 143 2


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