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      * Cindy Sheehan, the mother who lost her son in Iraq and has traveled
      throughout the U.S. championing an anti-war campaign, arrived in Istanbul
      on Friday.
      "I am excited to learn more about Turkey and your people," Ms. Sheehan
      said at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, according to the Anatolia News Agency.
      "It is a difficult position to be so close to Iraq where my son died. We
      must work together to bring peace to the region," said Ms. Sheehan.
      Ms. Sheehan stressed that the Iraqi people "are suffering badly and
      their country has been destroyed.
      "Humans all across the globe must come together for peace and encourage
      leaders to make peace," she said. "Only when all of us unite for peace may
      we be able to force our leaders not to permit acts that would hurt global
      Ms. Sheehan is in Istanbul to participate in a conference titled
      "International Meeting for a Warless World," sponsored by the Global
      Coalition for Peace and Justice.

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that some U.S. weapons which have
      reportedly gone missing while in Iraq have turned up among the weapons
      used in both last spring's attack on the Council of State in the Turkish
      capital Ankara and the murder of the Italian priest Andrea Santoro in the
      northeastern Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon.
      According to Turkish private channel NTV, these guns have made their way
      to northern Iraq and into the hands of the rebel Turkish Kurd organization
      Kurdistan Workers' Party.
      NTV says that the CIA has issued an alert inthe wake of this discovery.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported that the Population Association,
      the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Development Fund
      supported a study called "Dynamics of the Honor Killings in Turkey" in
      four Turkish cities.
      According to the study, men 18-25 years old in particular who have
      emigrated from rural Turkey to cities have very rigid views about divorce
      and virginity. Older men are more tolerant.
      Women also think that honor is linked to a "woman's sexuality."
      However, they think that a single woman can marry without permission
      from her family and feel it is not against honor.
      The study looked at 115 cases of "honor killing." Some of the people
      interviewed felt the killings justified and explained their thesis saying
      that "one who opposes traditional ways deserves to die; it is unavoidable
      to kill on behalf of honor."
      Others did not agree but said they "cannot imagine how they would behave
      if they were dishonered."

      * Construction of a nuclear plant in Turkey will begin before the Turkish
      national elections late this year. All objections raised by the private
      sector about building the plant have been addressed at a parliamentary
      commission meeting, Turkey's Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said on Thursday
      reported the Turkish Daily News.
      Speaking at the Energy and Natural Resources Commission meeting, the
      Turkish minister said they wanted the private sector to take the lead in
      the nuclear power plant project but would not wait forever.
      Turkish Atomic Energy Council President Okay Çakiroglu said during the
      meeting, "July 7, 2007 is a good date. The project may start then."
      The commission was discussing the legislation that would facilitate the
      building of the plant, overriding the objections made by the treasury and
      granting guarantees that the electricity produced would definitely be
      purchased by the state for the first 15 years.
      According to the legislation, a tender will be held among companies
      interested in the project.
      The Turkish government aims to produce 5,000 Megawatts from this project
      and will allow the building of as many plants as possible to reach that
      The first plant or plants are planned to be built in Turkey's Black Sea
      province of Sinop or Akkuyu on the Mediterranean coast.

      * The Turkish daily Sabah reported that a study sponsored by the
      Environment and Forestry Ministry on changes in Turkey's climate has been
      completed, with the emerging picture being one in which general agreement
      is that the temperature is rising across the country.
      According to the most pessimistic aspects of the study, there will be an
      average rise of 4-6 degrees F across Turkey, with rains decreasing in the
      Aegean and Mediterranean regions through the winter, and increasing along
      the Black Sea coastline. Forecasts for rainfall in the inner Anatolian
      region do not show a great deal of change.
      Current climate changes observed in the Environment and Forestry report
      note that there is a general trend towards an increase in temperature
      across the country, and that this increase is most evident in the southern
      regions of Turkey.

      * Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mottaki arrived in the Turkish capital
      on Tuesday to co-chair a meeting of the joint economic committee with
      Turkish state minister Kursad Tuzmen, reported the NTV News Agency.
      The Iranian minister will be holding talks with Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.
      Mr. Mottaki will also meet with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in
      The main focus of the visit is expected to be the international tension
      over Tehran nuclear power and developments in neighbouring Iraq.
      Turkey will express once more its desire to find peaceful solution to
      the nuclear question.

      * The Turkish daily Hürriyet reported on Monday that Greenpeace
      Mediterranean has started a campaign for "A Middle East Free of Nukes"
      simultaneously in Iran, Israel and Turkey.
      "We think 'A Middle East Free of Nukes' will contribute to cooperation
      among the region's countries and therefore will also represent another
      step toward peace," Greenpeace Mediterranean Disarmament Campaign
      coordinator Aslihan Tumer told the daily.
      Greenpeace Mediterranean Arab World spokesman Omer Elnaiem pointed out
      that many Western countries are giving up on nukes whereas Arab countries
      are talking about having nuclear energy. Adding these programs may lead
      them to obtaining nuclear weapons. "We need peace in the Middle East not
      another security problem," he said.
      Hurriyet also underlined that the flagship Rainbow Warrior of Greenpeace
      will tour for "A Middle East Free of Nukes" and visit the countries of the
      region starting from Iran and ending in Turkey during the campaign.


      * Ballet's magic will cast a spell over Istanbul later this week when one
      of Russia's most famous ballet troupes will enchant the people of Istanbul
      with their performances of the classic Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and
      Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," says the Turkish daily News
      The Russian troop will be performing between Feb. 28 and March 4 at the
      Turker Inanoglu Maslak Show Center in Istanbul.

      * Turkish labels shone at one of the most exciting and popular fashion
      shows in New York. New Turkish fashion labels were a focus of interest
      during the fair Feb. 17-19, when a number of Turkish fashion designers
      participated in this season's event.
      The Train, an international fashion and accessories trade show fair that
      has been held since 2004, showcases a selection of the world's most
      creative and elegant collections to more than 3,000 visitors.
      this season's event promoted the 2007-2008 fall and winter collections
      by 100 fashion designers from all around the world.
      The "Mouska" line, a new creation by young Turkish fashion designer
      Berna Fotocan attracted great interest in the fair.
      Having studied business, Ms. Fotocan worked in two of Turkey's foremost
      fashion retailer groups, Beymen and Demsa, before moving to the United
      States to further her studies. She then studied fashion design at the New
      York-based Parsons School of Design, one of the world's leading design
      schools, and then decided to create her own label. Fotocan currently lives
      in New York.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Fotocan said she was quite pleased
      that the fair jury chose to display her first collection, "Mouska," as
      well as the all the interest it received during the event.
      "I enriched a simple design with modern details and tried to establish a
      romantic bridge between past and present. I harmonized 18th century
      romanticism, like the romantic designs in the film adaptations of Jane
      Austen's novels in particular, with today's realism in my designs," she
      said, adding that living in New York City, a city full of energy and
      dynamism, has been a positive influence on her work.
      Among the other Turkish brands were:

      - "Tuvana" by Tuvana Buyukcinar and Banu Bora
      - "Mezza" by Askin Meric

      * The Turkish daily News reports that Palandoken, a popular destination
      for Russian and local tourists near Turkey's eastern mountainous city of
      Erzurum, is now in the spotlight for European tourists after earning the
      right to host the Winter Universiade 2011.
      French tourists have already made reservations to see the region. Hotel
      Dedeman Palandoken General Manager Mehmet Varol said, "We have so far
      carried out promotional work largely in Russia and Ukraine. But after
      winning the right to host the Winter Universiade 2011, a group of French
      tourists made reservations for March."

      * The promotional exhibit of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry was
      chosen as the most attractive stand in the 24th International Linz Tourism
      Fair held in Austria's Linz province earlier this month.
      The Turkish stand was also selected as the most informative stand for
      giving the best and friendliest service during the fair that was held from
      Feb. 2-4 in Linz, reported the Anatolia news agency.

      * The ceramic artist Ibrahim Kuslu's ceramic tile exhibition, featuring
      replicas of 13th Century Seljuk, early-Ottoman and mid-Ottoman era tiles,
      opened with a well-attended ceremony on Friday at the Turkish House in New
      The exhibition showcases 100 replicas of 13th Century Seljuk bath tiles
      of the Kubadabad Palace, the summer residence of Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin
      Keykubad, as well as tiles belonging to the early Ottoman period and the
      era after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Mr. Kuslu said he prepares all of
      the tiles' ingredients from an original clay mixture in his Bursa
      workshop. He gets many orders from people requesting replicas of original
      tiles they saw in museums because the tiles he produces are so similar to
      the originals. "People in the United States are especially interested in
      this art and are always asking me questions about how the tiles are
      created." Kuslu has so far opened four exhibitions in Istanbul, Bodrum,
      Canada and New York.

      * Turkish director Ozer Kiziltan's first feature length movie "Takva" ("A
      Man's Fear of God") was awarded the International Federation of Film
      Critics Prize in the Panorama category of the 57th Berlin International
      Film Festival on Saturday.
      Onder Çakar wrote "Takva," which portrays the life of a devout Muslim
      man, played by actor Erkan Can. Among its producers is the famous
      Turkish-born movie director Fatih Akin.
      The film, which won a special award for cultural innovation at the
      Toronto International Film Festival in September, also collected eight
      trophies including best actor, best screenplay, best art director, best
      cinematography, best soundtrack, best costume, best makeup design and best
      lab at the 43rd Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey. It was
      also awarded a Dr. Avni Tolunay Jury's Special Prize at the Golden Orange.
      Can won the second Golden Orange trophy of his career for his role in

      * A book about Turkey's wild flowers by Erdogan Tekin was nominated for
      the Annual Literature Award given by a leading professional organization
      in the field of botanical and horticultural information services.
      The book offers a delightful and remarkable trip through Turkey's
      colorful yet seldom seen world of flora.
      "The Most Beautiful Wild Flowers of Turkey," which was prepared both in
      Turkish and English, features the photographs of 1,500 types of wild
      flowers throughout Turkey and is the culmination of a 25-year effort by
      Mr. Tekin, a retired professor of metallurgy from the Middle East
      Technical University in Turkey's capital Ankara.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Mr. Tekin said his interest in
      nature began during his childhood thanks to the boat trips he made
      together with Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, the Turkish author also known as the
      "Fisherman of Halicarnassus," who used to visit his father's pharmacy in
      Mr. Tekin has photographed around 1,500 types of wild flowers in Turkey
      by traveling around the country for some 25 years, accumulating about
      30,000 slides in his archive.

      * Turkey is already riding the global trend wave of health tourism, but
      this month, for the first time ever, the Culture and Tourism Ministry
      combined its promotion of Turkey's famous therapeutic springs with that of
      its historic religious sites as part of a massive Americas-wide campaign,
      reports the Turkish daily News.
      The ministry first caught wind of the rising trend, particularly among
      Americans, to visit Turkey for what might be termed "religious tourism"
      when Pope Benedict visited Turkey last November. Thus a multimedia
      campaign has been prepared to promote religion and health tourism not only
      oriented toward the United States and Canada, but also to countries such
      as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela.
      A 48-page guide produced as part of the campaign contains information on
      over 2,000 thermal springs, Turkey's natural alternative medicine centers,
      as well as details of many of its historic churches, synagogues and
      archaeological sites.
      In addition to the booklet, TV commercials prepared by the Turkish
      Ministry will be aired on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox during breaks in
      high-profile shows such as "Lost," "House," "Desperate Housewives," "CSI:
      Miami," and "Law and Order." Meanwhile, printed advertisements will also
      appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and
      over 30 travel and lifestyle magazines.
      Mr. Hasan Zongur, Turkey's New York culture and promotion attaché,
      underlined the importance of the $5.6 million campaign, noting that while
      tourists from the Americas currently represented 5 percent of the total
      visitors to the country, they spend "double what a European tourist does."
      Thus the ministry's new strategy "aims to attract upscale tourists who
      have a higher potential for spending."
      "An American visiting Turkey generally tends to come back a year later
      bringing more tourists," added Zongur. He also stressed the importance for
      the campaign's success of Turkey's creating an impression of a modern,
      democratic, secular country and emphasizing its European Union candidacy.
      Last year witnessed a general decrease in the number of tourists
      visiting Turkey, attributed to several bomb attacks -- mostly thought to
      be the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in popular resorts and to the
      bird flu outbreak early in 2006.
      However, during the same year a total of 532,481 tourists visited Turkey
      from the Americas, representing an increase of 22.45 percent on 2005's
      figures. In order to nurture this rising trend, the Culture and Tourism
      Ministry raised the budget for the promotion in of Turkey in the Americas
      by $4 million this year.

      * An Ankara-based artists' association is readying to mark its 37th
      anniversary with an exhibition featuring over 500 pieces by 133 artists in
      the Turkish capital. The exhibit will showcase a rich collection ranging
      from painting to ceramics and from sculpture to glasswork by 133 artists
      from all over Turkey. The exhibit, which opens on Feb. 27 at the Çankaya
      Municipality Contemporary Arts Center, will run through March 14.
      A series of side events are also scheduled as part of the exhibit's
      activities, including panel discussions such as, "Local Administrations
      and Culture-Art," "Art History and Facilities in Ankara" and "Culture and
      Art in Political Parties' Agenda."

      * Turkish Curator Beral Madra, who is also a member of the European
      Cultural Association and Cultural Consciousness Development Foundation,
      will hold an international exhibition in Istanbul to mark the
      establishment of the Ars Aevi Contemporary Arts Museum to be founded in
      Sarajevo Bosnia by Enver Haciomer Sipahic.
      The featured pieces will be donated to the museum's collection. "Europe
      supported the project to expiate its sins," said Ms. Madra.
      An exhibition titled "Neighbors - Dialogues" will also be held in
      Istanbul with the support of the Istanbul Municipality, the European
      Cultural Foundation and the Prince Claus Foundation to mark the
      establishment of the Ars Aevi Contemporary Arts Museum in Sarajevo.

      * Allocating nearly $28 million for 150 restoration projects across Turkey
      in 2007, the Culture and Tourism Ministry will give momentum to the
      reconstruction and preservation work of Turkey's cultural heritage sites
      via a series of projects.
      Most of the funds will go to 105 projects under five main categories.
      The restoration of a Roman bath and the Temple of Augustus in Ankara is
      among the 2007 projects and works will also be carried out in Gumushane's
      Kov Castle, Ankara's Kalecik Castle, Rize's Zilkale, the Gaziantep Castle,
      Sinop Castle and Diyarbakir's city walls as part of the restoration of
      castle and city walls project.
      Restoration of the congress building in Sivas as well as Ataturk Houses
      in Tokat and Sakarya as part of restoration and exhibition of Ataturk
      Houses project.
      A series of restoration and landscape projects have been scheduled for
      Turkey's cultural assets abroad as part of the project on restoration. The
      efforts will be focused on the maintenance and reconstruction of old
      Turkish cultural heritage sites abroad.
      Works on the Sultan Fatih Mosque in Albania's Durrës province, on the
      Gulbaba Tomb in Hungary; on the Suleymans,ah Tomb in Syria and on the
      I.brahim Pasha Mosque in Bulgaria are some of the projects scheduled for
      this year.

      * A youth group based in the center of Turkish city of Konay has launched
      a European Union-funded project to increase awareness of the 13th century
      Turkish philosopher Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi and their country to their
      European peers.
      The 15-member group, dubbed the " Tolerance", aged between 18 and 30,
      was formed last year with the aim of promoting Turkey in the international
      arena. Inspired by Mevlana's philosophy, they will share his works and
      their country with young people from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain.
      Activities for visitors will include trips to the Mevlana Museum as well
      as other historical places near Konya, including the Neolithic settlement
      of Catalhoyuk and the ancient city of Kilistra.
      The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
      declared 2007 the Year of Mevlana, this year also marks the 800th
      anniversary of his birth.

      * The 6th Turkish-Greek Friendship Festival, which has been held in a
      different Turkish and Greek city each year for the last five years, will
      be held in Antalya and Rhodes this year, reported the Anatolia news
      Supported by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and the Golden Orange
      Culture and Art Foundation, the first stage of the festival will take
      place on June 9-10 in Antalya. During the festival, the Kaleici and the
      Suna-I.nan Kirac Museum will be visited, panels on museum management will
      be organized, there will be a photography exhibition, tours will be
      organized for the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos and a concert will
      be performed by Greek Aliki Kayalog(lu and Turkish Arif Sag( in the city
      the second stage of the festival would be held June 11-12 in Rhodes.
      During this phase of the festival the old town of Rhodes will be visited,
      a photography exhibition will be opened, a panel titled "The Other One"
      will be held and a dance show will be performed.
      The most important event of the festival would be a Turkish-Greek
      photography competition open to amateur and professional photographers
      from both countries, adding that they planned to make the competition a
      traditional event.
      The deadline of the competition, whose jury members will include famous
      Turkish and Greek photographers, is April. At the end of the competition,
      three photographs will be selected from each country and their owners
      awarded with the "Golden Daphne" prize. The winners will also be invited
      to the festival.


      * Soccer

      Turkcell Super League 2006/2007


      TrabzonSp. 3 - 2 Besiktas
      Ankaragucu 2 - 1 GaziantepSp.
      ErciyesSp. 1 - 0 ManisaSp.
      G.saray 1 - 1 DenizliSp.
      Fenerbahce 1 - 0 SakaryaSp.
      DenizliSp. 3 - 4 TrabzonSp.
      AnkaraSp. 1 - 2 GenclerB
      KayseriSp. 1 - 0 ErciyesSp.
      ManisaSp. 0 - 1 Ankaragucu
      SivasSp. 0 - 1 AntalyaSp.

      League tableWide tableForm table
      Team Overall
      GP W D L P GS GA
      1. Fenerbahce 21 13 5 3 44 40 19
      2. Galatasaray 22 10 8 4 38 39 22
      3. Besiktas 22 10 6 6 36 31 22
      4. KayseriSp. 21 9 7 5 34 27 20
      5. GençlerB 21 10 3 8 33 24 22
      6. KonyaSp. 21 8 7 6 31 27 24
      7. SivasSp. 21 9 4 8 31 22 24
      8. TrabzonSp. 22 8 6 8 30 29 26
      9. Manisaspor 22 8 5 9 29 33 32
      10. Ankaragucu 22 7 8 7 29 24 23
      11. BursaSp. 21 8 5 8 29 23 23
      12. G.antepSp. 22 7 6 9 27 22 29
      13. AnkaraSp. 21 5 11 5 26 23 23
      14. AntalyaSp. 21 6 8 7 26 21 22
      15. RizeSp. 21 7 3 11 24 17 23
      16. DenizliSp. 22 4 8 10 20 18 29
      17. ErciyesSp. 22 4 7 11 19 18 40
      18. SakaryaSp. 21 3 7 11 16 12 27


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.38


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 43/16 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 68/43 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 41/36 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 54/34 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 45/32 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 24 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 28 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 98 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 20 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 28 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 7 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 35 inches


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