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      NEWS

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, the U.S. State Department said on
      that Turkey and Greek Cyprus should refrain from any action in their
      dispute over oil and natural gas exploration rights off the Mediterranean island
      that might be misinterpreted by opposing sides.
      There also should be full transparency in dealings between the two to prevent
      misunderstandings resulting in mishaps, spokesman Sean McCormack added.
      On Tuesday, Turkey warned Lebanon and Egypt not to press ahead with oil and
      gas exploration deals signed with Greek Cyprus, saying Turkey and Turkish
      Cypriots also had rights in the region. The Lebanese government's commitment to
      "excellent" ties with Turkey despite a deal it signed with Greek Cyprus followed
      Turkey's warning.
      News reports earlier said Turkey sent battleships near Cyprus amid a growing
      row over the deals the Greek Cypriot administration had concluded. The Turkish
      military confirmed the reports that Turkish ships were patrolling the eastern
      Mediterranean but denied they had been sent to waters in show of protest against
      Greek Cyprus.
      In response to the Greek Cypriot administration's decision to explore oil and
      natural gas off the Mediterranean island, the Turkish Petroleum Corporation is
      planning to do the same off northern Cyprus, sources said.
      The Turkish Daily Milliyet wrote about the reaction of the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus: The president of the Republic Mehmet Ali Talat spoke
      with the press at a breakfast in Istanbul.
      Mr. Talat said that the unilateral initiative by the Greek Cypriots was
      unacceptable. Stressing that the Greek Cypriot administration did not represent
      the whole island, Mr. Talat said that there was no legal administration or
      government for the entire island and that an illegal government cant make a deal
      with neighboring states for oil and gas research.

      * Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul commented on recent
      developments in Iraq, saying that Turkey was talking with its
      neighbors about ways to end the violence and put out the fire in
      the country.
      "Iraq is a dangerous place," said Mr. Gul. "Everyone should
      be cautious."
      Stressing that the worst thing would be if the Iraqis
      were to destroy themselves, Mr. Gul stated that Turkey had no
      intention of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs.
      "It is natural for us to be concerned about our neighbor's future," he added.

      * The Turkish Daily news reports that on Monday Turkish Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan
      attended the opening of the Eighth African Union summit
      of heads of state and government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
      Addressing the African leaders at the gathering, Mr. Erdogan warned
      that extremists and terrorists are trying to push the world into a
      dark, bottomless abyss, adding that the Alliance of Civilizations,
      an initiative launched by Turkey and Spain, was working to alter
      this course.
      "We aim at forming extensive cooperation, peace and an
      atmosphere of cohesion by means of highlighting common values of
      different cultures and religions," underlined the Turkish premier.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that Turkish security forces arrested 46
      people suspected of membership in the Al Qaeda.
      In 2003, homegrown Islamic militants with alleged ties to Al Qaeda bombed two
      synagogues, a British bank and the British consulate in Istanbul, killing 58
      people.
      More than 70 Turks are on trial for their alleged roles in those attacks,
      though police say some suspected ringleaders have fled the country and others
      have died fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.
      Many of those arrested in connection with the 2003 attacks acknowledge
      attending militant Islamist training camps in Chechnya and Afghanistan, but deny
      direct ties to the al-Qaida network.

      * In our previous programs we have told you that political parties in Turkey
      have
      to garner at least 10 percent of the popular vote to be able to field
      representatives in
      the Turkish parliament.
      Two Turkish citizens have taken turkey to the European Court of Human Rights
      on
      this matter. However, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that the Court ruled
      that 10 percent election threshold did not violate human rights.
      The Strasbourg-based court said that the threshold aimed at ensuring stability
      in the country's political life.

      * The World Bank president Mr.Paul Wolfowitz visited Turkey this week.
      According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, after meeting with Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Mr. Wolfowitz
      exchanged views on the Turkish economy and the World Bank's relations to it with
      State Economy Minister Ali Babacan.
      Afterwards, Mr. Wolfowitz told reporters that the Turkish economy was
      doing well and the World Bank was happy to work together with Turkey as a
      partner.
      Concerning Turkey's European Union membership bid, Mr. Wolfowitz said that
      Turkey's membership would serve the interests of both the country and the bloc.
      For his part, Mr. Babacan said that Turkey would continue its efforts for
      privatization and structural reforms, adding that the country's stability and
      reliability had made Turkey attractive to global capital.

      * According to the Turkish private channel NTV, the year-end figures released by
      the Turkish Statistics Institute, Turkish exports rose 15.9 percent
      in 2006 compared to the previous year. In total, Turkish exports were valued at
      $85.1 billion.
      However, the Institute figures also showed a massive increase in the trade
      deficit, with Turkey importing goods worth $137.3 billion. This gave a trade
      deficit of $51.9 billion, an increase of 19.8 percent.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      EDITED BY Hilal Koc

      * The Istanbul Modern Film will be celebrating Bollywood in February.
      "Bollywood Days: Love and Music" will run February 9-21. The 10-film program
      will include significant films starring stand-out Bollywood stars like Raj
      Kapoor, Guru Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan.
      The most expensive Bollywood production shot to date, "Devdas," directed by
      Sanjay Leela, will also be screened.

      * A "Japanese Day" will be celebrated in the Black Sea town of Karabuk, where
      half of the annual visitors to the town's well-preserved Ottoman-style houses
      are from Japan.
      Karabuk Governor Can Direkci said Japanese Day will be celebrated in the
      Safranbolu town between March and June this year. The governor said Japanese
      tourists had shown great interest in Safranbolu thanks to an ongoing promotional
      campaign since 2000, the Dogan News Agency reported.

      * Speaking of Japanese and Turkish partnership, the Turkish Memorial and Museum
      on the Japanese island of Oshima, already a major attraction for Japanese
      tourists, is planning to attract more Turkish tourists to the region. The museum
      in the village of Kushimoto, where the two structures were erected, commemorates
      the shipwreck of the Turkish frigate "Ertugrul" on Oshima's shores.
      The voyage of the Ertugrul was planned by Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II as a
      goodwill trip to Japan in response to a Japanese delegation visit in 1887.
      However, the Ertugrul sank on Sept. 15, 1890 on its way back from Japan; a total
      of 533 sailors died in the accident while 69 were rescued by the Japanese.
      Residents of Kushimoto established the Turkish Memorial and Museum after the
      accident to commemorate the Turkish vessel.
      Surrounded on both sides by the
      Pacific Ocean, Kushimoto is a coastal town located in the city of Wakayama. The
      sites attract around 125,000 tourists a year, and the tragic story of the
      Ertugrul is included in the curriculum of Kushimoto primary schools.
      Kerem Kiyoshi Oishi, 60, grandson of fisherman Okazaki Oishi who was among the
      Turkish sailors' rescuers in the accident, will take over the post of museum
      director. His daughter Ece Wiskumi Oishi, 20, sells Turkish handicrafts and
      souvenirs in the area. Kerem Kiyoshi Oishi explained that the names - like his
      and that of his daughter - and traces of Turkish sailors still maintained a
      meaningful presence in almost every house in the community. "The memories of
      Turkish soldiers and sailors who were rescued by our grandfathers still live
      with us."
      Initially a monument was erected on Sept. 15, 1891, the first anniversary of
      the event, on the rocks, 400 meters from where the frigate sunk. The current
      Ertugrul Memorial was erected in 1929 with the support of the Kushimoto
      Municipality and later renovated in 1937 by decision of the Kushimoto
      Governorship.
      In 1974, a Turkish Museum was built near the memorial in cooperation with the
      Kushimoto Municipality and the then-Turkish Ambassador to Japan Husrev Gerede.
      The
      museum featured the first findings of the Kushimoto fishermen from the sunken
      wreckage as well as some personal belongings and photographs of the frigate's
      commanders and crew. An "Ataturk Corner" was later established in the museum,
      which also holds a Turkish national team strip signed by Turkish Football
      Federation chief Haluk Ulusoy during his visit to the museum. Objects and
      souvenirs sent from Mersin, sister cities with Kushimoto, and Yakakent, are also
      on
      display.
      The two venues ranked third among the most-visited historical places in the
      Wakayama region, famed for its natural beauty, also ranking first in the
      must-see list of promotional books prepared by the Kushimoto Municipality and
      travel agency tour programs. Souvenir shops selling gifts specific to Turkey
      have been opened near the memorial and museum, which have had other important
      guests from Turkey, including former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Nejat Tumer,
      current commander Adm. Yener Karahanoglu, Guven Erkaya, lhami Erdil and Ozden
      Ornek.

      * Renovations already underway in the popular Aegean cruise and tourist resort
      of Kusadasi have been accelerated in preparation for the coming summer.
      The aim
      of the works is to give the town a more modern appearance and provide better,
      more comfortable transportation, reported the Anatolia news agency.
      Kusadasi Mayor Fuat Akdogan said the town's traffic problems would soon be
      remedied. "This place will be a magnet for tourists," he said. "The new
      promenade will be parallel to the sea, becoming a large boulevard. Our aim is to
      remove the traffic problem in the town, in other words, to bypass it."
      The 13-kilometer boulevard is scheduled to open on Feb. 15, 2007, at an
      estimated cost of $2 million to the KusadasiMunicipality.

      * A meeting scheduled to mark World Women's Day will be held in the central
      Anatolian province of Nevsehir, in Cappadocia. According to data on the Culture
      and Tourism Ministry Web site, there are currently nine hotels in Nevsehir that
      cater to congress tourism, providing simultaneous translation and all the
      necessary technical equipment. The meeting, which officials from various Turkish
      government
      ministries will be attending, will be held March 7-8.
      Nevsehir is a regional transport hub for the surrounding area. It is close
      enough to the attractions of Cappadocia to make it practical as a base from
      which to explore but it doesn't have the same "charm" as the smaller Cappadocian
      towns and villages.
      Cappadocia has one of the most interesting and spectacular landscapes in the
      world. About three million years ago the volcanoes of Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan
      covered the surrounding plateau with volcanic tuff as a result of their violent
      eruptions. The natural effects of wind, water and rain eroded this area into a
      spectacular, surreal landscape of rock caves, capped pinnacles
      and fretted ravines in colors ranging from warm tones of red and gold to cool
      tones of green and gray. Dating back to 4,000 B.C., the earliest settlers there
      used to live in Goreme, known as Cappadocia, in dwellings dug into the rock.

      * A structure discovered in the historic Ephesus in Western Turkey is
      believed to have once been a palace inhabited by the governors of the ancient
      city, researchers said. The recent excavation and restoration works in Ephesus,
      where signs of inhabitants go back to 6000 B.C., uncovered a structure near the
      ancient theater as archaeological works there entered their 111th year, the
      Anatolia news agency reported this week.
      The ancient city was home to numerous restored magnificent huge structures,
      such as those in the region called "Hillside Houses II", thought to have been
      inhabited by wealthy families, archaeologist Cengiz icten said. Mr. icten
      explained that the discovery of such houses had led them to question, "If the
      rich families lived in such magnificent houses, where were the governors who
      used to rule the ancient city on behalf of the emperor living?" The supposed
      governor's house is to the east of the 25,000-capacity ancient theater,
      ictenadded. The importance of the structure's inhabitants is reflected in the
      building itself, the archaeologist noted. "The palace-like structure was built
      in a way that facilitated its defense."
      Ephesus was one of the great cities of the Ionian Greeks in Asia Minor,
      located in Lydia where the Cayster River --known in Turkish as Kucuk Menderes--
      flows into the Aegean Sea. It was founded by colonists, mainly coming from
      Athens. The ruins of Ephesus are hugely popular domestic and international
      tourism attractions, due to their historic significance and easy accessibility
      from the Izmir airport and the port of Kusadasi.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.4

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 34/25 Snow
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 57/39 Rainy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 39/32 Snow
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 48/34 Rainy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 43/37 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 22 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 43 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 114 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 28 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 14 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 47 inches



      SPORTS

      1. Fenerbahçe 19 38
      2. G.saray 18 34
      3. Besiktas 18 26
      4. ManisaSp. 19 33
      5. KonyaSp. 19 25
      6. KayseriSp. 18 22
      7. G.birligi 19 21
      8. Bursaspor 18 22
      9. Sivasspor 18 18
      10. Ankaragucu 18 21
      11. Ankaraspor 18 21
      12. GantepSp 18 20
      13. TrabzonSp. 19 20
      14. Rizespor 18 15
      15. AntalyaSp. 19 19
      16. DenizliSp. 19 14
      17. SakaryaSp. 19 11
      18. ErciyesSp. 18 16


      Fenerbahçe - G.birligi 2 - 1
      Antalyaspor - Sakaryaspor 1 - 0
      Konyaspor - Denizlispor 5 - 1
      Manisaspor - Trabzonspor 0 - 0
      Erciyesspor - Fenerbahçe 1 - 1
      Galatasaray - Ankaraspor 2 - 0
      G.birligi - Sivasspor 0 - 1
      Ankaragucu - Bursaspor 1 - 1
      Besiktas - Manisaspor 3 - 1
      Denizlispor - GantepSp 0 - 2
      Rizespor - Antalyaspor 1 - 0
      Sakaryaspor - Konyaspor 1 - 1
      Trabzonspor - Kayserispor 0 - 0


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