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      * Parties in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus formed a new
      coalition government on Saturday, reported the Turkish Daily News.
      Prime Minister-designate Ferdi Sabit Soyer's Turkish Republican Party
      and the Freedom and Reform Party of Turgay Avci will be partners. Mr.
      Soyer said he would submit his new Cabinet list to Turkish Cypriot
      President Mehmet Ali Talat on Monday.
      Mr. Soyer said the priority of the new coalition would be "Turkey's
      European Union membership process and solution of the Cyprus problem based
      on the equality of the Greek and Turkish communities."
      The European Union says Turkey must open its harbors and airports to
      Greek Cyprus, or risk its prospects of eventual membership.
      The new coalition would work to restart reunification talks with Greek
      Cypriots in the south so Turkish Cypriots can benefit from membership in
      the European Union, Mr. Avci said.

      * Turkish energy authorities decided to supply for a year up to 1.4
      billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to neighboring Lebanon from a system
      established with Syria with whom Turkey already has an agreement, the
      semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.
      The agency said that at a meeting on Friday, the Energy Board of Turkey
      decided to issue a one-year electricity export license for the TETAS,
      Turkey is going to provide electricity to Lebanon to make up for the
      damage to the infrastructure caused by the conflict between the Hezbollah
      militia and Israeli forces, the report said.

      * The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in August rose 1.6 percent
      year-on-year, in the peak season of a weak year for Turkish tourism,
      official data showed on Friday, reported Reuters.
      Terrorist attacks, instability in the Middle East and a bird flu
      outbreak have discouraged tourists from visiting Turkey this year and
      benefited rival markets such as Spain.
      The Turkish Statistics Institute said in a statement that 2.9 million
      foreigners came to Turkey in August. That brought the total for the first
      eight months of the year to 13.9 million, down 4.9 percent on last year.
      Turkey had been aiming to attract 26 million tourists this year,
      although it has since said it will miss that target and was looking for
      revenues of $20 billion, compared to last year's $18 billion.

      * The holy month of Ramadan will begin tomorrow, with people who are
      fasting waking up early on Sunday morning and going through the day
      without food or drink. The last day of fasting will be on Oct. 22, to be
      followed by the Ramadan Holiday (Bayram).
      Various charitable foundations, associations, institutions, governors'
      offices and municipalities around Turkey have prepared for the advent of
      Ramadan in order to celebrate it as a time for giving.
      All around the country, hundreds of thousands of people will be given
      food parcels and will be provided with free Ramadan dinners each day.

      * Turkish daily Birgün reported on the acquittal of prominent Turkish
      author Elif Safak after she was accused of "insulting Turkishness."
      A ruling declared there was insufficient evidence to convict the
      35-year-old writer, who is also a professor at an American university. Ms.
      Safak was not in court, having given birth to her first child last
      weekend. Hard-line nationalists protested her acquittal.
      However, Birgün said there are 80 more trials to be heard under Article
      301 before the end of the year. Two of Birgün's columnists face trial on
      charges of insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
      In a separate case, the newspaper's editor in chief and a senior editor
      face trial on grounds of trying to put the public off military
      After the collapse of the case against Safak, Erdogan indicated that the
      controversial law might be changed.

      * Daily Milliyet covered statements from members of the Ottoman dynasty --
      in exile until the '70s -- made during a family reunion in Istanbul. More
      than a hundred members of the Ottoman dynasty (often known as Osmanoglu or
      Osmanli in Turkish) met in Istanbul to participate in a documentary about
      the family.
      Beyzade Bülent Osman, one of the grandsons of Sultan Abdülhamid II, said
      he did not suffer because of the exile but that he had witnessed his
      parents' agony. According to Osman, "The decision to send the dynasty
      outside the country was right. They had to do it. If Mustafa Kemal had not
      done that, Turkey would today have been something like Saudi Arabia."
      Members of the Ottoman dynasty were sent off on March 5, 1924.

      * On Monday the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that the pope's recent
      speech, which included remarks which angered Muslims, was supportive of
      the U.S. Greater Middle East Project and the recent clash of
      The pontiff sparked anger across the Muslim world when during a six-day
      trip to Germany, in a speech at Regensburg University on Tuesday, he
      quoted a Byzantine emperor who criticized certain teachings of the Prophet
      Mohammed as "evil and inhuman."
      Author Aytunç Altindal and Professor Emin Pazarci from TOBB University
      both made statements expressing that the pope's statements were
      deliberately offensive and intended to spark conflict between different
      Pope Benedict on Sunday tried to calm anger at his remarks, saying he
      was "deeply sorry" about the reaction and that the medieval quotes he used
      about holy war did not reflect his personal views, Cumhuriyet said.

      * In related news, Yeni Safak reported Tuesday that a recent news story in
      the French daily Le Figaro claiming the pope had sent a letter to Turkey
      canceling a planned visit this year has been denied by the Vatican.
      The Vatican said no changes were made in the pope's plans to visit
      Turkey and that he will be visiting Istanbul as previously scheduled on
      Nov. 23, from where he will fly to Ankara.

      * Daily Zaman gave coverage of an economic summit hosted by Turkey on
      More than 400 businessmen from 12 countries, including natural gas and
      oil-rich nations such as Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, met in
      Istanbul to discuss new fields of cooperation between the participating
      The speakers generally indicated common points between the countries of
      Eurasia in political, economic and cultural fields.
      "With the new partnerships which will begin with this congress, the
      borders between the Black Sea, the Caspian and the Mediterranean will
      disappear. We will turn a 23-million-square-kilometer geography into a
      free-trade zone," said State Minister Kürsad Tüzmen.
      Tüzmen also thanked Turkish schools in the region for encouraging unity
      between nations.


      * British art historian and curator David Elliot has been appointed
      director of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, museum officials announced on
      Thursday, and will take over the post in January 2007, reported the
      Anatolia news agency.
      Mr. Elliot, who has been in Tokyo working with the Mori Art Museum for
      the last five years, said he was very pleased and excited that he was
      appointed the museum's director. "Istanbul Modern Art Museum was opened
      only two years ago, yet they have achieved great success by introducing a
      large number of people to modern and contemporary art," he said.

      * An exhibition featuring 100 photographers from around Turkey are
      organizing an exhibition supporting the plight of children in Lebanon.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, photographer Ümran Davran said the
      exhibit, titled "Do you want to be a drop (in the ocean)?", will start at
      the Istanbul Taksim Subway Exhibition Hall on Sept. 30 and will run
      through Oct. 7.
      The photographs will be for sale for about $65 in local currency and the
      proceeds from the event will go to the Turkish Red Crescent Society.
      The event will later move to Turkey's capital Ankara and then to the
      third largest city Izmir.

      * Michael Kuser of the Turkish Daily News reports that Mira Publishing
      this month released a book of drawings of the old city around Sultanahmet,
      "Drawing On Istanbul" -- by American artist Trici Venola.
      "The book is a hit, tourists and passersby are snapping up the
      collection of pen and ink drawings", Mr. Kuser writes.
      Venola worked for two decades as a commercial illustrator in Los
      Angeles, much of it creating art for children at Disney, Paramount
      Pictures, Digital Domain and many other studios.

      * The 43rd Golden Orange Film Festival, an event that increases the action
      at Turkey's holiday hot spot Antalya during the first days of autumn each
      year, opened with a ceremony held at the Konyaalti Open-air Theater on
      Numerous stars including actresses Faye Dunaway and Helen Mirren
      attended the ceremony, which followed a traditional cortege of movie and
      TV stars.
      The festival, with the addition of the International Eurasia Film
      Festival last year, took a leap towards international ground.
      The first awards of the festival were bestowed on their recipients on
      opening night:
      - Actor Aytaç Arman -- who began his acting career in the 1970s
      after winning first place in a competition launched by Ses Magazine -- and
      actor Yusuf Sezgin -- who is also the chairman of the Turkish Association
      of Movie Actors (SO-DER) -- received this year's lifetime achievement
      - Actor and film director Kartal Tibet was named the recipient of
      this year's Yildirim Önal Commemorative Prize.
      - The Cinema Labor Award, a prize launched this year to recognize
      the efforts of cinema workers behind the scenes, was given to lighting
      director Recep Biçer.
      - Actress Faye Dunaway received an honorary award for her great
      contribution to the film.

      * In related activities:
      A photography exhibition titled "From Dorsay's Camera", made up of
      portraits of Turkish and international movie stars taken by film critic
      Atilla Dorsay, opened on Monday at the Antalya Culture Center on the
      sidelines of the Golden Orange Film Festival.

      * Speaking of film and festivals: Turkish director Özer Kiziltan's first
      feature length movie "Takva -- A Man's Fear of God" was awarded the
      Swarovski Cultural Innovation Award at this year's Toronto International
      Film Festival, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      The film, which had its world premiere in Toronto on Sept. 10, is also
      vying for an award at the 43rd Golden Orange Film Festival, which kicked
      off Saturday in Antalya.

      * Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry is bringing history to life where
      the ancient Silk Road passes through Turkey through the Silk Road Tourism
      development Project, reports the Turkish Daily News. The project covers an
      area from North Western Province of Sakarya's Sapanca township to the
      Turkish capital Ankara's Ayash township.
      The project, launched in 2004, highlights the natural, historical and
      cultural wealth of the provinces and districts along the Silk Road route
      through a series of restoration and landscape initiatives.
      The Silk Road was an interconnected series of routes traversed by
      caravan through southern Asia, connecting China with the West.

      * A Hittite-era dam located in Turkey's central province of Chorum and
      believed to be one of the oldest in the world to have survived to date has
      been restored and is once again serving as a source of irrigation for
      local residents.
      The dam, located at the Alacahöyük archaeological site, was built by the
      Hittites in 1240 B.C.
      The dam's inauguration was marked with a ceremony over the weekend
      attended by Professor Aykut Çinaroglu, who heads the team excavating
      Alacahöyük, Ankara University Rector Professor Nusret Aras, Emin Sazak,
      director of the construction firm sponsoring the excavations and
      archaeologists working in the area.
      The base of a statue of goddess Hepat as well as a golden necklace
      decorated with rubies were also unearthed during the excavations.
      The dam was ordered by Hittite King Tudhaliya IV in the name of goddess
      Hepat, according to ancient Hittite tablets, Prof. Cinaroglu said.
      "After a drought Anatolia suffered in 1200 B.C., Tudhaliya IV imported
      wheat from Egypt so that his subjects would not suffer a famine. Following
      this, the king ordered numerous dams to be built in central Anatolia, in
      1240 B.C.", he added.

      * As the world marks the 250th anniversary of the legendary composer
      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth with a series of activities, the Istanbul
      Rapid Ferries Company paid tribute to the great composer through "Mozart
      on the Ferry" concerts.
      Sponsored by Vakifbank, the concerts took place on the Aykut Barka ferry
      between Sept. 19 and 23. Pianist Rüya Taner and a quintet consisting of
      students from the Mimar Sinan University Conservatory in Istanbul
      performed music of Mozart, entertaining the audience and travelers.
      The artists as well as ferry staff reflected the period's atmosphere by
      wearing 18th century costumes throughout the event.
      The concerts concluded with a recital by Turkish Cypriot pianist Taner.

      * Colored, stereoscopic images of the ancient city of Zeugma, located near
      Belkis in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep, will be featured
      on the Internet.
      Kutalmis Görkay, head of the team excavating Zeugma, told the Anatolia
      news agency that the entire ancient site was scanned by laser. "In short,
      we immortalize the actual layout of the ancient city. Even after many
      years, people will be able to see the ancient city's current layout," he
      "We will also use the colored and stereoscopic images in restoration
      work. It will also be possible to use the images to publicize Zeugma," he
      Scientists from France, the United States and Sweden are taking part in
      the recent work in Zeugma
      Zeugma was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals, Seleucia
      Nicator, and prospered during the Roman period as part of a trade route
      stretching east across Asia to China.
      The city's wealth was reflected in the homes of its inhabitants. Rich
      merchants and Roman noblemen and officers vied with one another to adorn
      their houses with the world's loveliest mosaics, ceramics, statues, and
      Zeugma has been dubbed the "second Pompeii" in international literature.
      The people of Zeugma enjoyed a magnificent lifestyle in their city on
      the banks of the Euphrates River until the Sassanid invasion in A.D. 256,
      when the city was burnt and destroyed. A violent earthquake a few years
      later turned the city, which had extended over an area of 5200 acres, to

      * Safa Büte, a self-taught painter, is trying to set up an art museum in
      Turkey's mediterranean city of Adana and hopes that the workshop and
      biennial exhibition he has organized will help make his dream come true.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Büte said that he has represented
      Turkey at various international art festivals and that he admired the
      interest in art and museums the he witnessed while abroad.
      "I went to Romania recently for a cultural activity organized by UNICEF.
      The art museum I saw in one of Romania's small towns really captivated me.
      Inspired by that museum I decided to open a similar one in Adana, bringing
      together contemporary work by foreign artists with those by young Turkish
      art students and artists," Büte explained.
      He went on to say that he had applied to several different institutions
      upon his return, but initially with no success. However, with a lot of
      hard work, it looks like Büte's ambition will win out in the end: "I
      prepared two different projects for the museum. ... I thus developed a
      workshop project with a budget of YTL 30,000, which anticipated the
      participation of international artists. I submitted the project to
      Çukurova University in Adana and it was approved. Now a 10-day workshop
      will be organized in May 2007 with the participation of 30 painters and
      sculptors from 20 countries. All the works produced at this gathering will
      be donated to the museum," he said.
      The second part of his plan is an art biennial in Adana, a project that
      has received the approval of the Adana Art Council.
      Büte said that after these two projects were realized, there would be
      enough material to set up the museum and that he would then repeat his
      request to local authorities for their support of the museum's
      Working in his small home studio, Büte has won various international
      awards and prizes. He also acted as a jury member in a recent
      international art festival in Romania.

      * Another native of Adana was in the news last week:
      Amateur Turkish photographer Seçkin Yalçin has won two prizes at the
      Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards 2006 competition.
      Ms. Yalçin, the operations director of Adana Telecom, came in third in
      the Special Nonprofessional Photography category with her work titled
      "Dogs" under the Pets subcategory and received an honorable mention for
      her photo "The Nomadic Life" under the category of People.
      Ms. Yalçin told the Anatolia news agency that she has been involved in
      photography for seven years and is a member of the Adana Amateur
      Photographers Society.
      She said there were around 16,000 participants in the competition.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.51


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 70/52 Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 81/68 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 72/61 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 77/63 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 73/64 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 73
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 82


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer Super League

      Week 6 results

      Galatasaray 1 - 0 Besiktas
      Rizespor 2 - 1 Kayserispor
      Trabzonspor 1 - 1 Konyaspor
      Sivasspor 1 - 1 Fenerbahçe
      Erciyesspor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
      Ankaragucu 0 - 0 Denizlispor
      Sakaryaspor 0 - 0 Ankaraspor
      Antalyaspor 3 - 2 Bursaspor
      Gençlerbirligi 0 - 5 Manisaspor

      Week 7 matches

      Gaziantepspor 1 - 1 Gençlerbirligi
      Konyaspor 0 - 1 Fenerbahçe
      Ankaraspor Antalyaspor
      Manisaspor Rizespor
      Kayserispor Sakaryaspor
      Bursaspor Sivasspor
      Besiktas Ankaragucu
      Denizlispor Erciyesspor


      Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 7 5 1 1 17 6 16
      2. Manisaspor 6 4 2 0 15 4 14
      3. Galatasaray 6 2 4 0 11 6 10
      4. Kayserispor 6 3 1 2 8 7 10
      5. Besiktas 6 3 0 3 9 7 9
      6. Sakaryaspor 6 2 3 1 6 5 9
      7. Konyaspor 7 2 3 2 6 6 9
      8. Gençlerbirligi 7 2 3 2 5 10 9
      9. Bursaspor 6 2 2 2 8 7 8
      10. Gaziantepspor 7 1 5 1 10 10 8
      11. Trabzonspor 6 2 2 2 7 7 8
      12. Ankaraspor 6 1 4 1 7 7 7
      13. Antalyaspor 6 1 3 2 6 8 6
      14. Rizespor 6 1 2 3 6 8 5
      15. Sivasspor 6 1 2 3 5 9 5
      16. Erciyesspor 6 1 2 3 6 19 5
      17. Ankaragucu 6 0 4 2 4 6 4
      18. Denizlispor 6 0 3 3 2 6 3

      * UEFA Champions League

      Group C

      Clubs Pld W D L GF GA Pts
      Bordeaux 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
      PSV 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
      Galatasaray 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
      Liverpool 1 0 1 0 0 0 1


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