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      * As expected, Turkey's 60th administration won a vote of
      confidence from the Justice and Development Party dominated

      * Turkey's new president Mr. Abdullah Gul made his first
      appointments. Mr. Gul approved the cabinets appointment of
      Professor Yunus Soylet to a vacant position on the Higher
      Board of Education and appointed Professor Fazil Tekin as
      the rector of Osmangazi University in Eskisehir.

      * The Turkish daily Star writes that the Turkish prime
      minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will turn his attention
      to international diplomacy with a series of visits abroad
      after his party's victory in the July elections.
      The Turkish prime minister will first travel to the US to
      attend the United Nations General assembly meeting and also
      meet with the US officials including President Bush.
      In October the Prime Minister will travel to Britain to
      meet the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
      After Britain he is expected to travel to Romania and the
      Czech Republic.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that the US is urging
      the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
      On Thursday the US State Department spokesman Tom Casey
      told the daily press briefing that the Bush administration
      is backing efforts towards finding settlement on Cyprus.
      Asked about this week's meeting between Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek
      Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulus, Casey said the US
      always welcomes contacts between the two leaders, adding
      that it is hoping for a settlement on the island.
      Perhaps to the dismay of the US officials, The Turkish
      daily Milliyet, reports that the Greek side rejected the
      proposals made by Mr. Talat.
      Mr. Talat's proposals involve starting full negotiations
      following a preparatory process of two or two-and-a-half
      months with an eye to producing a solution by the end of
      2008. The Greek leader Papadopoulos believes that several
      committees should be formed and these committees should try
      to solve the Cyprus issue

      * According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, British
      Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited the Turkish
      capital Ankara for a two-day official visit.
      Mr. Miliband met with his Turkish counterpart Ali
      Babacan, and then was received by Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.
      The Cyprus issue, Turkish-European Union relations, and
      recent regional developments topped the meetings.

      * The Turkish daily Star reports that the Turkish
      government is pushing for more exports to China.
      In the four-day 11th China International Fair for
      Investment and Trade, Turkey will be represented with 60
      projects worth well over $15 billion.
      The Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen has traveled to
      China accompanied by any 150-member delegation made up of
      businessmen and government officials for the occasion.
      Stating that Turkey's exports to China have been rising
      nearly 50% each month, Mr. Tuzmen added, "by the end of
      this year, for the first time we will have done $1.2
      billion in exports to China."

      * The Turkish Board of Statistics released inflation
      figures for August.
      Annual inflation on the consumer price index was 7.39
      percent, and 3.72 percent on the producer price index.


      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the historic old
      Galata Bridge, one of the finest examples of the Turkish
      design architecture, is hosting the Istanbul Design Week
      from Sept. 4-10, a creativity platform presenting reference
      points for designers for their future careers and a
      connection point for creative ideas from different design
      The event, first of its kind in Turkey at the
      international level, is marking its third year and will
      make Istanbul a meeting point for Turkish designers and the
      international design world with a number of activities
      including exhibitions, panel discussions, competitions,
      workshops and conferences.
      Istanbul Design Week is more than a showcase for
      designers. It is also a perfect platform for designers and
      producers to reach consumers and make new international
      connections. In this platform non-governmental
      organizations, universities, occupational organizations,
      industrial sector representatives will share their ideas
      with the design world.

      * Speaking of design, a Turkish man has taken the top prize
      in a design competition held in the German city of Essen.
      Orhan Irmak was named winner of the "Red Dot Award:
      Communication Prestige 2007" and the "Red Dot: Best of
      Design". His work will be exhibited in the Red Dot Design
      Museum for one year in Essen.
      Competing with 3,880 designs from 34 countries, Irmak
      prepared a unique package for the Istanbul series of
      Koleksiyon Mobilya, earning two awards for the designer.
      Organized this year into categories of package design,
      advertisement and interactive media, the competition has
      been held in Essen since 1955. Winners' works are put on
      exhibition in Essen's Red Dot Design Museum.

      * Some years ago we had broadcast an interview with the
      Stanford professor Ian Hodder who has been the leader of
      excavations in Turkey at the site named Catalhoyuk.
      The excavations at Catalhoyuk are still continuing and
      the Anatolia News Agency reports that this year's findings
      from the 9000-year-old site are on display at the Anatolian
      Civilizations Museum's in Ankara.
      The temporary exhibition features 25 artifacts including
      a statue of the Goddess Kybele, ornaments and instruments
      made of bone.
      The head of the €atalh”yk excavation, Ian Hodder, said
      that before this artifacts excavated from €atalh”yk have
      not been exhibited anywhere else other than the Konya

      * Dogan Daily News Agency of Turkey reports that the
      restoration of the four-story bell tower of the historic
      Kimisis Teodoku Church belonging to the Greek Orthodox
      community in €anakkale's Bozcaada Township was completed
      last month, as instructed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Built in 1869, the church is the only structure used for
      worship that has survived in Bozcaada where the Greek
      population was once the majority.
      Adverse weather conditions have worn the bell tower over
      time and the two-story tower, built in 1895, had finally
      The restoration works kicked off in September in 2006
      with a prime ministry funding of almost $190,000 and the
      four-story bell tower was rebuilt to its original condition
      with the craftsmanship of stone masons from central Turkish
      province of Kayseri.
      The tower once again features four illuminated clocks on
      each side.

      * The 10th international Istanbul Biennial has started.
      This year the biennial will feature 96 artists.
      One common aspect of the participating artists is their
      young age. Art critic and curator Hou Hanru is the curator
      of the biennial, which will encompass more than 150
      projects in three main venues. Many events will be
      organized in locations open to the public during the
      The biennial will house works that touch on the concept
      "Not only possible, but also necessary: Optimism in the age
      of global war". It focuses on city and architecture. The
      venues were chosen from a set of buildings that were
      charged with political debate during Turkey's modernization
      process. The Atatrk Cultural Center in Taksim, Istanbul
      Textile Traders' Market in UnkapanI, Antrepo No. 3 in
      Tophane, and the Santralistanbul building on the Golden
      Horn are among the historical buildings.
      The event, which will take place between Sept. 8 and Nov.
      4, is sponsored by Ko‡ Holding and organized by the
      Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that the excavations are
      continuing to try salvage historic structures and artifacts
      that will be submerged by the IlIsu dam, which will be
      Turkey's second largest dam in terms of size and fourth in
      terms of energy production.
      The area to be inundated has been continuously occupied
      by numerous civilizations for the past 10,000 years. 2006
      excavations revealed 4500 artifacts and just a handful of
      selected locations.
      Though the building of the dam, which is 45 kilometers
      away from the Syrian border, has been heavily criticized,
      many villagers in DiyarbakIr, Siirt, Batman and SIrnak are
      looking forward to it.
      Local farmers support the building of the dam as it
      presents increased opportunities for employment and will
      contribute to increases in their income by enabling them to
      irrigate the fields more effectively.
      "We are happy that the dam is being built. People will no
      longer migrate from our region due to unemployment. Our 55-
      year dream is becoming a reality", said the villagers.
      However, the dam will inundate 199 settlements. Also a
      group of Turks have started a lawsuit to stop the building
      of the dam.

      * An ambitious five-year project mapping Turkey's
      underwater history has been launched by the Dokuz Eyll
      University's Marine Sciences and Technologies Institute,
      the first such activity to be carried out by a Turkish
      "The lost underwater history of the Aegean and
      Mediterranean" project, which began in May has already
      located over 20 shipwrecks, eight underwater ruins, and six
      sunken locations dating back to the Ottoman era.
      "Our goal is to find the sunken heritage of our country,"
      said Harun ™zdag, project manager and Underwater
      Archaeology assistant professor at the University. Some 12
      scientists have been assigned to the project including
      archaeologists, biologists and geophysicists.
      "Findings we discovered in Ala‡atI belong to 5 B.C. The
      ones in G”kova belong to the Hellenistic and Roman period.
      We focus on the commercial route of old times. We are
      planning to carry out a project in the Black Sea after the
      Aegean and Mediterranean," ™zdag said.
      Underwater remains provide important information about
      the life in the past, as well as about geological changes.
      " The remains reveal the changes in the water level of the
      Aegean and Mediterranean. We can also find information
      about construction technologies employed. So far we have
      found plates, tiles and different cargo ships," he said.

      * "Turkish Movie Week," is bringing Turkish movies with
      German subtitles to the old German city of Detmold from
      Sept. 20-27.
      The film festival is jointly organized by World Mass
      Media Research Foundation and the "Kultur und Art"
      initiative, The foundation also organizes the International
      Ankara Film Festival.

      * Fish from the central east Turkish province of Sivas are
      helping to cure serious health problems including
      psoriasis, rheumatism, skin, nerve and kidney ailments,
      reports the Anatolia News Agency.
      The Kangal Fish Spring is home to a toothless fish
      species that lives at 100 degrees F and exists only in
      Sivas. These fish with a big altruistic streak come in
      small packages, never exceeding 4 inches. It is believed
      that the fish are especially beneficial in treating nerve
      and kidney disorders.
      The spring's healing properties are unequalled in the
      World. The waters were concealed beneath a reed-bed until
      1917 when a shepherd with an injured foot had a chance
      encounter with the curative spring. His "miracle" discovery
      was made public and later in the 1950s the spring was made
      available to people with a modest set of buildings. Today
      Kangal Fish Spring serves visitors in a modern and hygienic
      resort environment.

      * The Neolithic site of Asikli Mound, an extension of
      Aksaray's Ihlara Valley settlements in central Anatolia, is
      being readied to become one of the major tourist
      attractions in the Cappadocia region as a result of a
      series of future initiatives, reported the Anatolia news
      Mihriban ™zbasaran of Istanbul University who heads the
      excavations says that the excavations this year basically
      focused on consolidation and renovation.
      "Next year we plan to build traditional Asikli houses at
      the entrance of the mound to show how the people of Asikli
      lived 10,000 years ago.
      "We will display fireplaces, small mills and some
      vegetables in the houses to be built with mud-brick like
      the originals," she said, adding that they also tried to
      raise public awareness in the area on preserving the mound.
      Asikli Mound is on the way to the spectacular Ihlara
      Valley, which attracts more than 200,000 domestic and
      foreign tourists each year.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that Monica Molina, one of
      Spain's most acclaimed singers who is also widely popular
      in Turkey, features Istanbul as the background on the cover
      of her upcoming album "Autoretrato."
      Her photograph shot in Ortak”y with the Bosporus and
      Ortak”y Mosque in the background will promote Istanbul
      internationally when her album is released later this
      month. Molina gets great attention from music fans during
      her concerts in Turkey and she is also one of the best
      selling artists in both Turkey and Spain.
      Discussing her visit to Turkey in an interview with
      Lecturas, one of Spain's popular magazines, Molina said
      that the old streets of Istanbul and the sincerity of
      people she met impressed her. As a way of showing her love
      for Turkey, the singer plans on performing a song by
      Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu that she really admires.
      Meanwhile, Lecturas devoted many of its pages to Turkey,
      showcasing photographs of Istanbul and Cappadocia in the
      August issue, which is still available in Turkey.


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * EuroCup 2008

      Turkey 2 - 2 Malta
      Altintop 45' Said 41'
      Cetin 78' Schembri 76'

      * Turkish Soccer Super league

      Week 4 match results

      Bursaspor 1 - 1 Trabzonspor
      Caykur Rizespor 3 - 1 Istanbul BB
      MKE Ankaragc 2 - 2 Gen‡lerbirligi
      Konyaspor 2 - 2 Denizlispor
      Besiktas 0 - 0 Kayserispor
      Genclerbirligi Oftas 1 - 1 Fenerbah‡e
      Kasimpasa 3 - 1 BB Ankaraspor
      Sivasspor 2 - 0 Gaziantepspor
      Manisaspor 2 - 2 Galatasaray

      Week 5 matches

      Istanbul BB - Bursaspor
      BB Ankaraspor - Besiktas
      Denizlispor - Kasimpasa
      Galatasaray - Konyaspor
      Gen‡lerbirligi - Manisaspor
      Trabzonspor - MKE Ankaragc
      Gaziantepspor - Kayserispor
      Fenerbah‡e - Caykur Rizespor
      Sivasspor - Genclerbirligi Oftas


      Team Pts
      1. Galatasaray 10
      2. Besiktas 10
      3. Kayserispor 8
      4. Trabzonspor 7
      5. MKE Ankaragc 7
      6. Fenerbah‡e 7
      7. Sivasspor 6
      8. Istanbul BB 6
      9. Bursaspor 5
      10. Denizlispor 5
      11. Gen‡lerbirligi 4
      12. Manisaspor 4
      13. Genclerbirligi Oftas 4
      14. Konyaspor 3
      15. Gaziantepspor 3
      16. Kasimpasa 3
      17. Caykur Rizespor 3
      18. BB Ankaraspor 1

      * European Basketball Championship

      Turkey 69 - 86 Lithuania
      Turkey 49 - 79 Germany
      Turkey 80 - 72 Czech Republic

      Turkey moves on to the qualifying stage.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.29


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 82/59 Overcast
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 90/79 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 79/66 Heavy Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 79/64 Overcast
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/73 Heavy Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 81
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 79
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 84


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