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      Edited by Fuad Tokad

      * Turkey's election of a new president headed to
      court Friday, after opposition deputies boycotted in
      an effort to deny a 367-vote majority to the nominee,
      Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gül.
      If the resort to the 11-judge Constitutional Court
      by opposition Republican People's Party is
      successful, it would mean the effective annulment of
      Gül's election late in the afternoon by 357 votes of
      the ruling Justice and Development Party and a
      handful of maverick deputies and new parliamentary
      If the court annuls the elections, the only way
      forward is for Parliament to call early elections.
      According to the constitution, the elections should
      be held within three months. Within this period
      President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will remain in his post
      -- until the new president is elected by the new
      Parliament, reported the Turkish Daily News.

      * The Turkish Daily News reported that the powerful
      Turkish military said late Friday that it was
      watching a parliamentary presidential vote with
      concern and issued a harsh warning against
      questioning the country's secular system and said it
      would "openly display its position and attitudes when
      it becomes necessary." reported the Turkish Daily
      Hours earlier, the ruling party's presidential
      candidate failed to win enough votes in a first round
      of balloting in Parliament, reflecting the deep rift
      between the Islamic-rooted government and the secular
      The statement was posted on the army web site hours
      after parliament held a first round of voting in the
      presidential election, in which Foreign affairs
      minister Abdullah Gül of the ruling Islamist-rooted
      Justice and Development Party was the sole
      "The problem that has recently stood out in the
      presidential election process has focused on the
      issue of questioning secularism. The Turkish armed
      forces are following this with concern," the general
      staff said in a statement late in the evening.
      The Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party
      government said Saturday a military warning against
      it was democratically unacceptable.
      In a rather unaccustomed manner the Turkish
      government lashed out at the army, which accused it
      of endangering secularism, saying that the general
      staff "remains under the orders of the prime
      Government spokesman Cemil Çiçek told in a news
      conference that the government's commitment to the
      secular order of the country and said it was
      "unacceptable" for Turkey to resolve its problems
      outside the democratic system.
      Çiçek said Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had spoken
      by telephone with Turkey's top general, Yasar
      Büyükanit, after the midnight Friday's statement in
      which the military said it was ready to act in
      defense of secularism.

      * Reuters News Agency reported that a group of
      Turkish Cypriots published a newspaper on Thursday as
      spoof in protest to what they said was the European
      Union dragging its feet to end the trade embargo in
      the north.
      The one-off newspaper published in English and
      Turkish by the "Thank You Europe Committee" described
      northern Cyprus as "a forgotten corner of Europe
      touched by political farce."
      1,000 copies of the newspaper have been sent to the
      European Parliament and diplomatic missions on the

      * The president of Turkey's Higher Education Board
      (YÖK), Erdogan Teziç, faced a potential assassination
      on Wednesday. An assailant tried to enter the YÖK
      building in Ankara at about 14:30 local time, but was
      stopped by security guards. The assailant, who said
      he wanted to see Teziç, escaped but he also fired
      three shots from a gun into the air. He managed to
      run away, getting in a taxi, witnesses said.
      Teziç, a staunch secular, was critical of the
      government's policies and also was claiming that a
      367 majority attendance is mandatory in the
      parliament for the election of the new president.

      * Daily Star reported that European Unions Foreign
      Policy Chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear
      negotiator Ali Larijani met in Ankara on Wednesday to
      find a peaceful solution to Tehrans nuclear
      Mr. Larijari told reporters that his country
      fulfils the International Atomic Energy Agency rules
      and their talks with Solana were a good opportunity
      to exchange views on the issue.
      Mr. Larijani and Solana are expected to meet with
      Foreign affairs minister Abdullah Gul today and then
      to hold a press conference.

      * An international ceremony was held at the Martyrs
      Memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula of Çanakkale on
      occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of
      Çanakkale, reported the Anatolia News Agency on
      The ceremony was attended by representatives from
      the countries involved in the battle including New
      Zealand's minister of foreign affairs.
      Some 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders also
      were in Canakkale in North Western Turkey to
      commemorate their ancestors, who lost their lives
      during the battle.

      * The National Sovereignty and Children's Day was
      celebrated all over Turkey yesterday, with Parliament
      and the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the
      founder of the Republic the first stops for official
      ceremonies in Ankara.
      Earlier in the day, a wreath was laid at the
      Atatürk Monument in the Turkish Parliament and later
      accompanied by teachers and students the Education
      Minister Hüseyin Çelik visited Atatürk's Mausoleum.
      Parliament Speaker Bülent Arinç, who visited the
      mausoleum together with state dignitaries, signed the
      guest book after having laid a wreath. The mausoleum
      was later opened to the public. An official ceremony
      took place in the first parliament building as well
      and was attended by Arinç and some military
      commanders including the Chief of General Staff Gen.
      Yasar Büyükanit.
      The official ceremonies continued in Parliament,
      with Arinç hosting top politicians and military
      commanders. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gen.
      Büyükanit and Foreign affairs minister Abdullah Gül
      shared a warm conversation, while waiting to shake
      hands with Arinç. Main opposition Republican People's
      Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal was later involved in
      the chat.
      The children celebrated April 23 National
      Sovereignty Day at stadiums including the Ankara May
      19 Stadium and the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul.
      A series of ceremonies took place in northern Cyprus
      as well.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Flying Carpet Tourism and Travel Company that
      operates in Israel said they would bring 40,000
      Israeli tourists to Bodrum on the Aegean coast of
      Turkey in 2007.
      Flying Carpet is known as the tour company that
      takes the highest number of tourists from Israel to
      European countries
      "We are glad about the peninsula excursion and
      bilateral conversations held with the tourism agents
      in Bodrum. We want to improve our tourism relations
      that started three years ago. " Flying Carpet's
      General Manager Yaron Miller said.

      * The remains of the 13th century Seljuk palace
      complex of Kubad Abad were recently uncovered during
      excavations in Isparta's Yenisarbademli district in
      south central Turkey. Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad
      had the palace built between 1226-1236. The complex
      consists of the Great Palace to the north, the Little
      Palace to the south, and a shipyard beyond.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Isparta's
      Provincial Culture and Tourism director Abdullah
      Kilic said that although the excavation works were
      underway in the area, the palace already became a
      center of attraction for tourists.
      The excavations conducted so far have uncovered
      colored glasses, coins, ceramics, tiles as well as
      tile mosaics in different forms and figures. All the
      findings are likely to shed light on Turkish history
      Mr. Kilic noted.

      * Director of the German Tourism Center in Turkey
      Knut Haenschke said they expected that more than
      600,000 tourists in Germany from Turkey in 2015.
      At a press conference held last week at the Four
      Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet, Mr. Haenschke provided
      information about promotional activities that have
      been carried out to make Germany a tourist
      destination for Turkish tourists. He said they had
      allocated a budget of 34.3 million euros for
      promotional activities of Germany, adding that the
      bottom line for the activities would be culture and
      health tourism.
      "There is a great demand and effort to bring German
      tourists to Turkey but we want more tourists to come
      from Turkey to Germany, too," said Haenschke. He said
      the number of international tourists, who had been
      accommodated in Germany last year, was 52 million,
      adding, "We plan to increase this figure to 60
      million and more in 2015. Last year more 392,000
      Turkish tourists stayed in German hotels."
      Mr. Haenschke said the main theme for the
      promotional activities would be "Germany, Arts and
      Culture Country" for 2007, "Palaces and Parks -
      Romantic Germany" for 2008, "Germany, the Country of
      Regions and Cities" for 2009 and "Cultural Cities of
      Germany" for 2010.

      * Dogan News Agency reports that Marmaris was chosen
      as a pilot region for the Turkish Culture and Tourism
      Ministry's "Pilot Project for Promotion of
      The project will reveal the beauty and charm of
      Marmaris to European cities with picture galleries
      and exhibits. So far, the beauties of the holiday
      resort Marmaris adorned digital panels in Manchester
      and Birmingham in Britain and Glasgow in Scotland at
      the beginning of April.
      The streets of Denmark's capital Copenhagen were
      next and Moscow is set to be next this summer.

      * Celebrations for the 2007 Mevlana Year began in the
      Netherlands on Saturday with a performance by
      whirling dervishes and mystic Sufi music recitals in
      the capital Amsterdam. As UNESCO marks 2007 as
      "Mevlana Year" around the world to honor the 800th
      anniversary of the great spiritual leader of the
      Islamic Sufi order, Jalal ud-din Rumi or Mevlana, the
      centuries-old tradition of the whirling dervishes
      will tour the world to convey his messages of love
      and tolerance.
      The Whirling Dervishes, sponsored by the Turkish
      Ministry of Culture, will travel to 18 countries and
      22 cities throughout the year.

      * Turkish movies "Times and Winds" and "A Man's Fear
      of God", two of the most successful recent works in
      Turkish film, will be screened in New York, reported
      the Anatolia news agency.
      The films will be shown at the Tribeca
      International Film Festival between April 25 and May
      6. The office of Turkish Tourism Information in New
      York, which has been attempting to promote Turkish
      movies in the American market, will organize a series
      of events to promote "Times and Winds" and "A Man's
      Fear of God."
      Within the scope of its events, the two films will
      represent Turkey at the Tribeca International Film
      Festival. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will
      hold a cocktail party to launch the movies.
      A food and wine festival will also be organized
      that will be attended by many countries including
      France, Italy, Britain, the United States and
      Germany, at the Epcot Center in Disneyland in
      Orlando. The office of Turkish Tourism Information,
      which participated in the same festival last year,
      will join this year's festival with two chefs,
      marbling artists, two calligraphers and two cultural

      * Meanwhile, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office
      in Denmark will organize a "Turkish Films Week" from
      May 18 to 25 to promote Turkish movies in Europe.
      During the screenings that will be held at the Park
      Bio Movie Theater, one of the most important film
      centers in Denmark, Turkish films such as "A Man's
      Fear of God", "Ice Cream I Scream", "International",
      "My Father and My Son", "Where's Firuze?" and
      "Shattered Soul" will be on screen.

      * And finally, Portuguese capital Lisbon has been
      hosting a Turkish Film Festival all week at Lisbon
      The festival brings together movies by four Turkish
      directors at the Literature department of the
      university, with English dubbing.
      Yavuz Özkan's, "Crab Basket" (1995), Sadik Incesu's
      "Boredom of May" (1999), Atif Yilmaz's "Borrowed
      Bride" (2004) and Yavuz Tugrul's "Heartbreak" (2004).
      In addition, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's movie titled
      "Seasons," which won the FIPRESCI - International
      Federation of Film Critics, has been playing in
      theaters across Portugal since April 12.

      * Istanbul got endorsed as an emerging spot both for
      nightlife great food with an article in the Chicago
      Publishing an interview with Peter Frank, the
      editor of the most visited tourism website in the
      country, concierge.com, the daily wrote "Istanbul is
      becoming Europe's nightlife capital, with amazing
      clubs overlooking the Bosporus and all these great
      little restaurants on rooftops. The food was really,
      really good."
      Frank said, "I was amazed at the sophistication of
      the restaurants and the nightclubs," adding that
      Istanbul even made it onto Concierge.com's "It" list
      of trendy destinations for 2007. He said he was
      predicting that travel to Turkey by Americans would
      continue to grow. "Turkey is going to be enormous
      this year," he added.

      * Turkish guitarist composer Timucin Sahin will be in
      New York after a long european tour and will appear
      with his special quartet in Knitting Factory Old
      Office on 30 th of April.
      Mr. Sahin features Tyshawn Sorey on drums Thomas
      Morgan on bass and John O'Gallegher on alto sax.
      "Timucin's unique sound on fretless electric guitar
      and his emotional content in his composing made him
      non-comparable and his music almost impossible to
      categorize" the jazz site All About Jazz says.
      "With his unique quartet he'll present new
      dimensions in todays contemporary music," the site
      Knitting Factory is at 74 Leonard Street in New
      York City.


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


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 59/41 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/55 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 61/46 Fair
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 72/52 Mostly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 57/52 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 11 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 4 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 35 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 28 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 47 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 21 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer Super League

      Week 29 Results

      Galatasaray 3 - 1 Rizespor
      Ankaragucu 0 - 0 Gençlerbirligi
      Kayserispor 3 - 3 Ankaraspor
      Denizlispor 2 - 0 Sivasspor
      Manisaspor 4 - 1 Bursaspor
      Besiktas 1 - 0 Antalyaspor
      Konyaspor 1 - 1 Erciyesspor
      Trabzonspor 5 - 2 Sakaryaspor
      Gaziantepspor 0 - 2 Fenerbahçe

      Week 30 Matches

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


      Team GP W D L Pts GF GA
      1. Fenerbahçe 29 17 8 4 59 55 25
      2. Besiktas 29 16 7 6 55 40 24
      3. Galatasaray 29 14 9 6 51 52 31
      4. Kayserispor 30 12 12 6 48 49 38
      5. Trabzonspor 30 13 6 11 45 46 39
      6. Sivasspor 29 12 5 12 41 34 38
      7. Ankaraspor 30 8 16 6 40 37 34
      8. Konyaspor 30 10 9 11 39 39 40
      9. Gençlerbirligi 30 11 6 13 39 36 38
      10. Bursaspor 30 10 8 12 38 30 39
      11. Antalyaspor 30 8 13 9 37 30 31
      12. Manisaspor 30 10 7 13 37 40 44
      13. Ankaragucu 30 9 9 12 36 28 32
      14. Gaziantepspor 30 9 9 12 36 27 36
      15. Rizespor 30 10 5 15 35 30 36
      16. Denizlispor 29 8 10 11 34 28 36
      17. Erciyesspor 30 8 8 14 32 25 45
      18. Sakaryaspor 29 4 9 16 21 23 43

      *Turkish Cup Finals

      Besiktas vs. Erciyesspor

      * Turkish Basketball – Men's

      1. Fenerbahce 28-2
      2. Efes P. 27-3
      3. T.Telekom 25-5
      4. Galatasaray 18-12
      5. TED Koleji 17-13
      6. Besiktas 17-13
      7. Banvitspor 15-15
      8. Darussafaka 14-16
      9. Mersin 13-17
      10. Selcuk Uni. 12-18
      11. Karsiyaka 12-17
      12. Alpella 11-18
      13. Tofas 9-21
      14. Oyak Renault 9-21
      15. Beykoz 9-21
      16. Tekelspor 3-27

      * NBA - Playoffs

      Hidayet Turkoglu Stats

      Orlando vs. Detroit pts rebs assts min
      Game 3 92 100 17 1 3 41
      Game 2 90 98 22 2 2 36
      Game 1 77 93 10 7 4 38

      Mehmet Okur

      Utah vs. Houston
      Game 3 81 67 7 3 1 36
      Game 2 90 98 4 10 6 35
      Game 1 75 84 6 9 1 36


      *** Turkish American Association of California has
      underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-
      charitable organization established to promote
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

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