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      NEWS

      * Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with a group of US
      senators led by Sen. John Warner on Thursday. Sen. Warner is the chairman
      of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the senators were in the
      Turkish capital Ankara for an official visit.
      Asked about Iran's nuclear program following the meeting, Sen. Warner
      said that they had exchanged views with the Turkish prime minister on the
      issue.
      Saying that Iran was continuing its efforts to produce nuclear weapons,
      Sen. Warner stressed that neither Turkey nor other countries in the region
      would benefit from this.
      Turkish prime minister told the senators that Turkey will continue to
      urge Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the
      international community.

      * Another high-level visitor from the U.S. to Turkey was from the
      military.
      Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the U.S. joint chief of staff, was also
      in the Turkish capital this week.
      In an interview with the Turkish private channel NTV Gen. Pace ruled out
      any U.S. military action against the presence of the rebel Turkish Kurds
      in northern Iraq.
      The general said that possible action against the rebels would also
      require an Iraqi government that can stand up on its own feet.
      The rebel Kurds underground organization Kurdish Workers Party is
      blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and
      the European Union.
      While in Turkey the general met with the Turkish prime minister.
      He also attended the Global Terrorism and International Cooperation
      conference as the guest of the Turkish chief of general staff.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported on Thursday that the Deputy
      Assistant Secretary of State Gordon Gray visited Turkey to discuss Iran
      issue.
      Mr. Gray met with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
      foreign policy advisors and then had a lunch with a group of Turkish
      parliamentarians and had talks at the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry.

      * Are all these high-level contacts between the U.S. and Turkish officials
      and elected politicians helping the image and perception of the U.S.
      policies among the Turks?
      The results of a recent opinion survey, the Turkish daily News thinks,
      point to failure to.
      According to the opinion survey, Turks remain doubtful of U.S. policies
      in Iraq, and an overwhelming majority is against any military intervention
      against Iran or Syria.
      80 percent of Turks believe that the behind the Iraq invasion is
      Washington's desire to have control of Iraqi oil.
      12 percent of the Turkish respondents are of the view that the invasion
      is meant to pave the way for the establishment of a Kurdish state in Iraq.
      8 percent think that it is for furthering Israel's interests in the
      region.
      The International Strategic Research Organization based in the Turkish
      capital conducted the survey.

      * The Turkish daily Sabah reports that the European Union member states'
      leaders convened in Brussels Thursday to discuss the Union's fiscal
      issues.
      Speaking before the meeting, European Union Commissioner for Enlargement
      Olli Rehn commented on Turkey's European Union bid, saying that the Union
      needed a stable, democratic Turkey.
      "I think that Turkey will be ready for European Union membership within
      10-15 years", Commissioner Rehn said.
      Commenting on the recent Muhammed cartoon crisis, Commissioner Rehn
      praised Turkeys positive, constructive role in the crisis.

      * Turkish Prime Minister attended a meeting of the Istanbul Chamber of
      Industry this week.
      Addressing the meeting, the chairman of the Chamber Mr. Tanik Kucuk
      praised the Turkish government's well-run economic program, but complained
      about high input costs. "We don't have the power to compete
      internationally with these high input costs", he said.
      The prime minister admitted that energy costs in Turkey are three times
      higher than other countries.
      He said that the economy was still much better than it was in the past.

      * We reported to you last week on the Washington Times columnist Mr. Frank
      Gaffney's accusations that the current administration is trying to set up
      and "Islamofascist" regime in Turkey. This week Turkey's prime minister is
      being accused of conducting politics with religious motivations again.
      The opposition in the Turkish parliament is saying that the prime
      minister is trying to appoint an Islamist to the post of the governor of
      the Turkish central bank.
      The current popular governor's term has recently expired.
      The Turkish press speculates that the staunchly secular Turkish
      president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer would veto any such appointment.
      However, in the past, the Turkish parliament dominated by the prime
      minister's party, overrode many presidential vetoes.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, World Bank Chief Economist
      Aristomene Varoudakis thinks that when Turkey joins the European Union in
      a few decades, it would have better economic development than many
      European Union member countries, particularly future members Romania and
      Bulgaria.
      Stating that Turkey has a great economic potential and that this would
      be seen more in the coming years, Mr. Varoudakis said that it has economic
      superiority in certain fields over Romania and Bulgaria even today.
      However, Mr. Varoudakis suggest that Turkey should implement structural
      reforms.
      Mr. Varoudakis cited issues such as:
      - Ensuring sustainable economic growth,
      - Raising employment and
      - A sustainable current account deficit as being the weak points
      of Turkey's economy.
      Mr. Varoudakis added that one of the reasons for the current account
      deficit was economic growth and that the deficit should be controlled for
      sustainable growth.

      * Microcredits by the Grameen Project are changing lives in Turkey's poor
      southeast, especially among women, writes Ceyda Caglayan of Turkish daily
      Referans.
      Grameen microcredit projects, which were first started in Bagladesh,
      concentrate on small loans to the poor that the mainstream banks shun.
      Ms. Ceyda Caglayan cites two success stories from Turkey's southeast:
      Kabule Cengiz from Diyarbakir is an entrepreneur who started her
      business in 2003 with about $375 in microcredits and now makes about $750
      a month. She bought four second-hand bicycles with the credit and started
      renting them to the kids in her neighborhood.
      She is now not only able to make ends meet for her family but she can
      also afford to send two of her children to college and two to high school.
      Menfaat Kara, 48, also used a microcredit to sustain her business as a
      seamstress when business was slow. She has paid her debts and enlarged her
      business. She is now hiring two people and plans to hire one more in the
      summer months when she expects her business to soar.
      The number of families using micro credits has reached 6,000 in Turkey

      * Turkey has started daylight savings time, and the difference between San
      Francisco and Turkey went up to 11 hours.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * Turkey's General Directorate of Foundations has begun a widespread
      restoration process this year, which includes eight Christian, Greek
      Orthodox, Greek Catholic, and Jewish places of worship.
      Speaking about the restoration processes Directorate head Yusuf Beyazit
      said "These are places of worship. We have decided to return them to their
      original forms.
      "When the project is complete, they will appear just as they used to,
      and we will present the buildings to the people who composed the
      communities who used them.
      "Our duty is to present these cultures, and these pieces of art, in a
      protected and saved form to future generations."

      * Australian archeologists now believe that the gravesite unearthed on the
      outskirts of Izmir, Turkey is in fact the graves of ancient gladiators.
      The severe marks on their bones, their height and stature, and their
      gender were all telltale indicators for the archeologists.
      They estimated the gladiators lived in 2 BC, and were said to be unique
      in that they were not as violent as gladiators in other parts of the
      World.

      * The International Blue Seagull Kadikoy Guitar Festival will be held
      between March 26 and April 22, 2006.
      Fifteen Turkish and foreign guitarist perform in a wide range from
      classical to pop and jazz to flamenco.
      Guitar contests and workshops are also among the attractions of the
      festival.

      * The 18th International Istanbul Short Film Festival is being held at
      various cultural centers and the Istanbul Modern Museum between March 21
      and 29, 2006.
      Short fiction, animation and experimental films are being screened in
      their original language with English subtitle.
      The festival also includes panels, round-table meetings, and workshops
      with the participation of both local and foreign guests.

      * Turkish artists will have the chance to study in New York for the second
      summer in a row, with The Moon and Stars Project and the School of Visual
      Arts.
      The program is open to residents of Turkey and will give Turkish artists
      the opportunity to study in a private studio and receive individual
      critique from the faculty, while attending weekly lectures given by guest
      artists, critics, and gallery directors.

      * Pink Floyd creator Roger Waters will perform in Istanbul June 20th.
      Waters will play old classics and the entire "The Dark Side Of The Moon"
      album.

      * The Exploratorium in San Francisco will be showing the upcoming solar
      eclipse via live broadcasts from Side Turkey.
      The eclipse will be taking place on March 29, 2 AM PST. The
      Exploratorium staff is inviting people to come with their sleeping bags
      and snacks, and spend the early hours of the morning there.
      For more information log on to the Exploratorium web site:
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/

      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.34

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 50/41 Rainy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 66/50 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 48/37 Rainy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 63/48 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 50/46 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 20 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 39 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 94 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 16 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 47 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 83 inches

      SPORTS

      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Super league

      Week 24 results

      Kayserispor Besiktas 0 - 1
      Ankaragucu Fenerbahce 1 - 4
      Manisaspor Denizlispor 4 - 2
      Galatasaray Erciyesspor 4 - 2
      Gaziantepspor Diyarbakirspor 2 - 0
      Konyaspor Ankaraspor 0 - 0
      Malatyaspor Rizespor 1 - 0
      Sivasspor Genclerbirligi 2 - 1
      Trabzonspor Samsunspor 2 - 1

      Week 25 matches

      Besiktas Konyaspor 0 - 1
      Denizlispor Galatasaray
      Diyarbakirspor Sivasspor 1 - 1
      Genclerbirligi Manisaspor 2 - 1
      Ankaraspor Ankaragucu
      Erciyesspor Trabzonspor
      Fenerbahce Malatyaspor
      Rizespor Gaziantepspor
      Samsunspor Kayserispor

      Team Wk W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 25 18 5 2 64-24 59
      2. Galatasaray 25 18 5 2 59-25 59
      3. Kayserispor 25 13 4 8 45-31 43
      4. Besiktas 26 12 6 8 40-28 42
      5. Trabzonspor 25 11 7 7 33-32 40
      6. Genclerbirligi 26 11 8 7 38-25 41
      7. Konyaspor 26 9 8 9 33-33 35
      8. Sivasspor 26 8 11 7 26-29 35
      9. Manisaspor 26 9 6 11 39-37 33
      10. Erciyesspor 25 7 10 8 27-35 31
      11. Gaziantepspor 25 7 7 11 27-41 28
      12. Ankaragucu 25 6 9 10 30-34 27
      13. Denizlispor 25 7 6 12 30-36 27
      14. Rizespor 25 6 9 10 20-29 27
      15. Ankaraspor 25 5 11 9 31-38 26
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      16. Malatyaspor 25 5 8 12 21-38 23
      17. Diyarbakirspor 26 6 5 15 25-54 23
      18. Samsunspor 25 5 5 15 35-54 20

      * Turkish Fortis Cup

      Quarter Finals 1st leg/2nd leg

      Malatya 1 - 0 Gaziantep
      Gaziantep 2 - 0 Malatya

      Fenerbahce 2 - 1 Galatasaray
      Galatasaray 3 - 2 Fenerbahce

      Denizli 1 - 0 Samsun
      Samsun 1 - 1 Denizli

      Besiktas 2 - 0 Kayseri
      Kayseri 1 - 0 Besiktas

      * Turkish Basketball Men

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1. Efes 24 20 4 1856 1597 44
      2. Ulker 23 20 3 1861 1522 43
      3. Besiktas 23 18 5 1817 1663 41
      4. Telekom 23 17 6 1910 1716 40
      5. Banvit 24 15 9 1893 1724 39
      6. Fenerbahce 24 15 9 1919 1765 39
      7. Tekel 24 14 10 1891 1799 38
      8. Darussafaka 24 12 12 1820 1829 36
      9. G.Saray 22 12 10 1716 1703 34
      10. P.Karsiyaka 23 10 13 1694 1758 33
      11. T.Pilsner 24 9 15 1736 1776 33
      12. Mersin BB 24 7 17 1984 2088 31
      13. Erdemir 24 6 18 1738 1922 30
      14. Beykoz 23 7 16 1559 1750 30
      15. Buyuk Kolej 23 6 17 1615 1770 29
      16. ITU 23 0 23 1318 1936 23

      * Turkish Basketball Women

      Team GP W L PF PA Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 22 21 1 1766 1435 43
      2. Besiktas 22 20 2 1695 1379 42
      3. Ceyhan B 21 16 5 1628 1479 37
      4. Botas 22 13 9 1597 1556 35
      5. Mersin BB 22 12 10 1687 1664 34
      6. Istanbul Uni. 22 12 10 1586 1560 34
      7. Migrosspor 22 8 14 1414 1466 30
      8. Bursa Yildirim 21 8 13 1537 1631 29
      9. Ted Kayseri Koleji 22 6 16 1622 1781 28
      10. Cankaya Uni. 22 6 16 1463 1646 28
      11. Erdemir 22 5 17 1475 1663 27
      12. Burhaniye 22 4 18 1552 1762 26

      * ULEB Euroleague

      Group E
      1. Macc.T-A 4-1
      2. Real 4-1
      3. Climamio 1-4
      4. Ulker 1-4

      Group G
      1. Cibona 3-2
      2. Benetton 3-2
      3. Efes P. 2-3
      4. Panathin. 2-3

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu
      pts, rebs, assts, mins
      Orlando 102 - 86 Philadelphia 4 0 1 16
      Orlando 111 - 87 New York 16 1 2 26
      Orlando 102 - 108 Charlotte 24 5 9 42
      Orlando 107 - 108 Atlanta 16 2 4 33

      Mehmet Okur
      pts, rebs, assts, mins
      Utah 97 - 109 Washington 7 7 3 39
      Utah 107 - 99 Phoenix 24 14 4 45
      Utah 84 - 94 Memphis 17 13 2 41


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