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      * The 84th anniversary of the Turkish Republic was celebrated on
      Monday throughout Turkey and abroad.
      Following the traditional visit of top Turkish officials to Anitkabir, the
      mausoleum of Turkey's first president and independence war hero Mr.
      Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, they observed a parade in the Turkish capital
      Later President Abdullah Gul hosted a reception for high-level officials,
      military commanders, political party leaders, cabinet ministers, foreign
      mission chiefs and representatives of religious minorities in Turkey, as
      well as other guests. Actor Kevin Costner, currently in Turkey to perform
      in Istanbul, was also present at the reception.
      Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal and
      other fellow deputies were not at the event.
      In addition, throngs of people visited Mr. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's
      mausoleum to pay their respects reported the Turkish newspapers.

      * Turkey's foreign affairs minister Ali Babacan stated on Thursday that
      Turkey's efforts to combat terrorism cannot be delayed. Speaking at a
      press conference on the Iraq summit being held in Istanbul,
      Mr. Babacan indicated that planned economic sanctions would be only
      imposed against the rebel Turkish Kurd's organization Kurdish Workers
      Party and its supporters, adding that Turkey does not want the Iraqi people
      to suffer.
      The foreign affairs minister also said that Turkey would take certain
      measures that would not be made public against the terrorist group and its
      Stressing that Turkey believes the Iraqi government sincerely opposes
      the Kurdish Workers Party, he added, however, that it lacks the ability and
      wherewithal to fight the group.
      Pointing to Turkey's resolve to fight the rebels, Mr. Babacan stated that
      certain international media outlets had deliberately misrepresented
      Turkey's possible military incursion into northern Iraq as an invasion.
      Turkey targets only the Kurdish Workers Party, not Iraq, added the foreign
      affairs minister, according to the Turkish daily Turkiye.
      Both the US and European Union classify Kurdish Workers Party as a
      terrorist organization.

      * According to the Turkish daily Aksam, President Bush stated on
      Thursday that he hoped to have a productive meeting next Monday with
      Turkey's Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
      "I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister Erdogan on this
      important subject as to how we can work together to prevent people from
      coming out of mountain ranges to do harm to Turkish troops," he stated.
      Mr. Erdogan will be accompanied by the Turkish Armed Forces' Deputy
      Chief of General Staff Gen. Ergin Saygun and Gen. Kenan Kocak, who is
      in charge of a planning a possible cross-border operation.
      In related news, after his US visit, Mr. Erdogan will proceed on
      Wednesday to Italy, where he will stay as the official guest of his Italian
      counterpart Romano Prodi.

      * Last week we told you about the US plans to deploy unmanned planes to
      gather intelligence on the rebel Turkish Kurds in Iraqi mountains. This
      week, the US Defense Department stated Wednesday that it already shares
      intelligence on the rebels with Turkish officials reported the Turkish daily
      Speaking to reporters, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell pointed to the
      importance of intelligence in combat situations. He stated they have
      helped Turks get information about the rebels, adding that such activities
      have recently increased.
      In addition, the US has reportedly sent a number of U-2 spy planes to the
      Turkish-Iraqi border to get more information about the activities of the

      * Before the ministerial conference of Iraq's neighbors and major Western
      powers in Istanbul, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the
      Turkish capital Ankara to have talks with the Turkish President Abdullah
      Gul and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the rebel Turkish Kurd
      Turkey is urging both the US and Iraqi administrations to take urgent
      action amid rising pressure following the deaths of dozens of Turkish
      soldiers in Kurdish Workers Party attacks. Afterwards, Ms. Rice
      proceeded to Istanbul to attend a dinner hosted by foreign affairs minister
      Ali Babacan.
      During her stay in Turkey, tight security measures were taken, reported
      the Turkish daily Hurriyet

      * In related news, according to the Turkish daily Aksam, Iraqi President
      Jalal Talabani did not attend the Friday and Saturday's meetings in
      Istanbul of the foreign affairs ministers of countries neighboring Iraq.
      Instead, representing Baghdad were Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-
      Maliki and foreign affairs minister Hoshyar Zebari.
      Speaking before coming to Turkey, Mr. Zebari stated that intensive
      efforts were continuing to find the eight Turkish soldiers missing and
      claimed captured by the Kurdish Workers Party last month.
      "The meeting in Istanbul should focus on Iraq's security and stability, and
      should not be influenced by the tension on the Turkish-Iraqi border or the
      terrorist Kurdish Workers Party's activities," he said.

      * On Tuesday, two senators, the Democrat Robert Byrd and the
      Republican Gordon Smith, submitted a Senate resolution both highlighting
      the importance of the Turkish-US friendship and cooperation and
      condemning the Kurdish Workers Party terrorism.
      The resolution said Turkey has proven its anti-terror credentials and
      called on the international community to stand against the terrorist threat.
      Pointing to the important ties between Turkey and Israel, the resolution
      stressed that Turkey has worked to play a constructive role in the Mideast
      peace talks.
      It also condemned over two decades of Kurdish Workers Party violence
      and terror in the country, reported the Turkish daily Turkiye.

      * On Tuesday, Gen. Rashid Dostum, deputy commander in chief of the
      Afghan Military Forces, released a letter of condolences for the 12 Turkish
      soldiers who lost their lives in a recent Kurdish Workers Party attack
      "We support the Turkish Republic's and Parliament's struggle against
      terrorism and we ask God's forbearance and fortitude for the families of
      the fallen soldiers. I declare that Afghanistan is on Turkey's side and ready
      to help in its struggle against terrorism," said General Dostum, reported
      the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet

      * Dr. Erdal Inonu, former deputy prime minister and former leader of the
      Social Democrat People's Party, passed away in Houston, Texas on
      Mr. Inonu, son of Ismet Inonu, the Turkish Republic's second president,
      died at age 81 at a hospital where he was receiving treatment for leukemia.
      Born in 1926 in Ankara, Mr. Inonu was both a physicist and a politician.
      Leader of the Social Democratic People's Party in 1983-1993, he served as
      deputy prime minister in 1991-1993 and foreign affairs minister for six
      months in 1995 reported the Turkish newspapers.


      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that the 68th world convention of
      SKAL, an organization of international tourism leaders, will be held from
      Nov. 4 through 9 in the southern Turkish province of Antalya's Belek
      township. The theme of this year's convention is "Under the Wings of
      Two other SKAL conventions, one in 1970 and another in 1993 were
      also held in Turkey.
      This year's conventions main topic will be "sustainable development in
      tourism", the organizers say. About 1000 delegations from around the
      world will attend the convention.
      SKAL founded in 1932, has 500 branches in 90 countries and boasts a
      membership of 22,000 people. The first SKAL branch in Turkey was
      established in 1956 in Istanbul. There are currently 13 Turkish SKAL

      * The Anatolian News Agency also reports that Turkey's Eastern province
      of Agri is attracting a growing number of tourists.
      Among its generous natural and cultural assets of the province is Mt.
      Ararat, the highest peak in Turkey which has been the subject of search
      attempts to recover the Noah's Ark.
      So far this year 102,000 tourists visited the Mt. Ararat, meteorite crater
      and Ishak Pasha Palace.
      Ishak Pasha Palace was the second administrative complex after
      Istanbul's TopkapI Palace and is one of the most renowned palaces built in
      recent centuries.
      The palace, built on a hill side three miles east of DogubeyazIt
      Township, is the last large monumental structure of the Ottoman Empire
      in the so-called Tulip era period, featuring a magnificent example of 18th
      century Ottoman architecture.
      According to the inscription on top of the door in the Harem section, it
      was constructed in 1784.
      The meteorite crater, located 21 miles east of DogubayazIt, was formed
      in 1892. It is the second biggest meteor crater after the one in Alaska
      based on its width of 170 feet and depth of 180 feet.

      * Speaking of Noah's Ark, a database aptly named Noah's Ark biodiversity
      is being used by Turkish scientists to record the biodiversity in Turkey.
      The Turkish daily news reports that the database is the first of its kind in
      Turkey and will be used to track risks faced by various species, habitats,
      and populations.
      Home to a rich fauna and flora, Turkey is one of the significant countries
      of Europe and the Middle East in terms of biological diversity. Seven
      regions of Turkey all display different flora and fauna characteristics.
      Turkey has more than 9,600 kinds of plants, 152 kinds of mammals, 459
      bird species, 354 fish species and 106 reptile species.
      You can access the database at http://www.nuhungemisi.gov.tr/ .

      * Kristen Stevens of the Turkish daily news reports about the children's
      film Festival that is taking place in Turkey.
      The film festival gives kids in Turkey a chance to see films from around
      the world, writes Stevens.
      The Festival also awards the junior directors some as young as nine years
      old. It also offers workshops for the aspiring directors.
      Last week the festival awarded prizes to 12 children directors in four age
      groups during its opening gala ceremony.
      Director Ali Erdem Eksioglu, 9, from Istanbul won first prize in the
      under-10 group with his film "Movie Theater Dreams", which he
      described as "The realization, using simple film techniques, of dreams that
      are not possible in the real world."
      A scientific study about growing up may not turn out the way the boys
      predicted in Sercan DalyancI's "The Impatient Ones", winner of the 11-12
      age division. In "You're Not Thinking", first prize-winner 15-year-old
      director E. Naz Oktay creates dilemmas in which three young people must
      decide to be thoughtful or not. The young winning filmmakers were given
      digital cameras, digital video recorders and DVD players.
      This year, more than 110 movies for children from 30 countries are being
      screened in four theaters in Istanbul.
      The films selected were made for children between 2 and 15 years,
      ranging from animation to documentary, from musical to puppet
      animation and short film, and including classic, educational and
      experimental films.
      Since its first year in 2003, the festival has viewed more than 400
      original films made by children entering its competition titled "Big Films
      by Little Filmmakers."

      * Dogan News Agency reports that the portrait of Sultan Mehmet II, the
      conqueror of Istanbul in 1453, sold for 469,000 British pounds in London.
      Famous Italian painter Gentile Bellini painted the portrait. The auction
      house Sotheby's kept the buyers name secret.
      Upon Sultan Mehmet's invitation, Gentile Bellini had come to Istanbul
      and drawn the portrait, which was displayed in Venice for 30 years right
      after it was painted.
      Besides the portrait of Sultan Mehmet, there were many Iznik tiles,
      Murat the fifth's portrait, a wooden antique box with the signature of
      Selim the third, and an Ottoman cradle.
      ÇInar Ergin, the secretary at the Turkish Embassy in London and Sermin
      Özduran, tourism adviser watched the auction. Özduran, who talked after
      the auction in Sotheby's Auction Museum, said, "Turkish Culture and
      Tourism Ministry announced that there some art pieces, which were stolen
      from Turkey in the past few months, and might be sold in auctions abroad.
      So the embassy in London is currently taking action to locate them."
      The items on auction at Sotheby's were not part of the stolen works.

      *Anna Jenkinson of the Bloomberg news writes that the shipwrecks some
      centuries old are luring the divers to the Lycian coast, part of the Turkish
      Mediterranean region.
      Besides hundreds of shipwrecks, Jenkinson says that waters reaching 85
      degrees during the summer, visibility as high as 120 feet and abundant
      marine life other pluses of the region.
      Jenkinson mentions that some underwater sites are so sensitive that they
      are off limits to divers.
      There is also a sunken city dating back 2000 years. Many structures are
      still above the surface, but some stairs eerily descend into the water. An
      earthquake millenniums ago is thought to have lowered the ground
      beneath the sea level.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that Turkish officials will start
      monitoring the visits to Eastern black sea national Park located on Mt.
      Kackar. Visitors will be required to hire local guides and will be allowed
      to camp only at designated areas.
      The park covers an area of 51,550 hectares and encompasses a truly
      alpine mountain range with glaciated valleys filled with gushing rivers and
      streams, high meadows, beautiful lakes and glaciers.

      * The 44th Golden Orange Film Festival came to a close Sunday with a
      ceremony held at the SabancI Congress and Fair Center in the Turkish
      Mediterranean city of Antalya.
      The film "Egg" directed by Semih Kaplanoglu and considered by himself
      to be "a very personal film" received five awards: Best Film, Best
      Scenario, Best Art Director, Best Director of Photography and Best
      The film was also presented with the Behlul Dal Digiturk Young Talent
      Jury Special Prize and the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival Award.
      Kaplanoglu, who could not attend the ceremony because he was shooting
      another film in Izmir's Tire district, sent a message to the festival's guests
      through the film's leading actress, Saadet IsIl Aksoy, who said that he
      dedicates the award to his mother.
      Abdullah Oguz's "Bliss" won five awards including Best Music, Best
      Actress, Best Actor, Best Sound Design and Best Hair and Make Up.
      Director Oguz said he expected to leave the festival with the Best Film
      Award: "I am wondering why we couldn't get the Best Film Award but
      this is a competition. I am very happy."
      Turkish-German director Fatih AkIn whose film "The Edge of Heaven"
      won Best Screenplay at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, received the Best
      Director Award at the festival.

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports of that Tilmen mound, which used
      to be one of the most magnificent cities in Anatolia, has been turned into
      an archaeological park. The tumulus is located in the southeastern
      Anatolian city of Gaziantep and its history dates back to 4000 B.C.
      Turkey's culture and tourism Ministry and Italy's Bologna University
      collaborated in the project. Scholars from the University have been
      carrying out excavations at the site for many years.
      Finds in the tumulus reveal relations between the cultures of
      Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia.

      * The Dogan News Agency reports that One of Bolu's natural wonders,
      the Seven Lakes National Park, welcomed many nature lovers and
      photography aficionados over the weekend. While the eager
      photographers tried to capture the best shots, other visitors were happy to
      enjoy the beautiful nature.
      The Seven Lakes Natural Park is 42 kilometers from Northwestern
      Turkish city of Bolu and has a different appeal during the autumn season.
      The park maintains all the tones of red and is covered with Amber and
      Golden leaves. Each year, many visitors from Turkey and abroad flock to
      the region, and pitch their tents. Many visitors come to Seven Lakes just to
      take a break from their daily city life and enjoy long walks.
      Most of the photographers take pictures of the streams that flow to the
      lakes. They pay around $60 in local currency for a one day entry to the
      park, but at the end of the day they mostly think it is worth it.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.17


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 63/43 Overcast
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 72/64 Light Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 63/50 Overcast
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 70/55 Decreasing Cloudiness
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 66/48 Overcast

      * Turkish Turkcell Superleague

      Week 10 matches
      Kayserispor 1 - 0 Trabzonspor
      BB Ankaraspor 2 - 0 Gençlerbirligi
      Bursaspor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
      Manisaspor 0 - 2 Genclerbirligi Oftas
      Kasimpasa 1 - 2 Fenerbahçe
      Konyaspor 2 - 1 Sivasspor
      MKE Ankaragücü 1 - 0 Caykur Rizespor
      Besiktas 0 - 0 Istanbul BB
      Denizlispor 1 - 2 Galatasaray

      Week 11 matches
      Trabzonspor 2 - 1 BB Ankaraspor
      Genclerbirligi Oftas Konyaspor
      Fenerbahçe Besiktas
      Caykur Rizespor Manisaspor
      Bursaspor MKE Ankaragücü
      Gençlerbirligi Denizlispor
      Istanbul BB Kayserispor
      Sivasspor Kasimpasa
      Gaziantepspor Galatasaray

      Teams GP W D L GF GA Pts
      1. Galatasaray 10 7 3 0 20 5 24
      2. Sivasspor 10 7 1 2 17 8 22
      3. Besiktas 10 6 3 1 12 7 21
      4. Fenerbahçe 10 5 4 1 15 9 19
      5. Kayserispor 10 4 4 2 15 11 16
      6. Istanbul BB 10 5 1 4 14 10 16
      7. Trabzonspor 11 4 4 3 14 11 16
      8. MKE Ankaragücü 10 4 3 3 12 12 15
      9. Genclerbirligi Oftas 10 4 2 4 11 10 14
      10. Gaziantepspor 10 4 1 5 13 14 13
      11. Denizlispor 10 3 3 4 14 14 12
      12. Konyaspor 10 2 4 4 11 20 10
      13. Caykur Rizespor 10 3 1 6 9 19 10
      14. Gençlerbirligi 10 2 3 5 11 15 9
      15. Manisaspor 10 2 3 5 12 18 9
      16. Bursaspor 10 1 5 4 9 12 8
      17. BB Ankaraspor 11 1 4 6 8 14 7
      18. Kasimpasa 10 2 1 7 7 15 7

      * Turkish Basketball

      Round 4
      Alpella - Kepez Bld 51-62
      TED Koleji - Galatasaray 82-73
      Besiktas - Mersin 84-68
      Fenerbahce - Antalya 90-80
      Oyak Renault - Selcuk Uni. 60-65
      Efes P. - T.Telekom 71-86
      Banvit - Beykoz 69-71
      Karsiyaka - Darussafaka 92-86

      1. T.Telekom 4-0
      2. Karsiyaka 4-0
      3. Fenerbahce 3-1
      4. Galatasaray 3-1
      5. TED Koleji 2-2
      6. Besiktas 2-2
      7. Antalya 2-2
      8. Banvitspor 2-2
      9. Beykoz 2-2
      10. Efes P. 2-2
      11. Alpella 1-3
      12. Darussafaka 1-3
      13. Mersin 1-3
      14. Selcuk Uni. 1-3
      15. Kepez Bld 1-3
      16. Oyak Renault 1-3

      * FIBA Euroleague
      Efes P. 80 - 70 Armani
      Barcelona 82 – 67 Fenerbahce

      Group B
      1. Lietuvos 2-0
      2. Aris 2-0
      3. Cibona 1-1
      4. Unicaja 1-1
      5. Macc.T-A 1-1
      6. Efes P. 1-1
      7. Armani 0-2
      8. Le Mans 0-2

      Group C
      1. Panathin. 2-0
      2. Partizan 2-0
      3. Real 2-0
      4. Barcelona 1-1
      5. Roanne 1-1
      6. Bamberg 0-2
      7. Lottomatica 0-2
      8. Fenerbahce 0-2

      * NBA

      Hedo Turkoglu stats
      Min. Reb. Asst. Pts.
      Orlando 92 - 116 Detroit 35 5 3 17
      Orlando 103 – 92 Milwaukee 34 5 2 24

      Mehmet Okur stats
      Utah 95 - 106 Houston 37 10 0 16
      Utah 117 - 96 Golden State 16 3 1 0


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      *** Santa Rosa Junior College is exhibiting textiles from the Turkish World.

      "From Tent to Palace: Textiles of Central Asia and Turkey"
      Where: SRJC Art Gallery

      This exhibit introduces to the public the historic
      aesthetic sensibilities of the Turkic Islamic world as
      it extended from Central Asia to Anatolia and from
      tent to palace among nomadic and settled peoples. It
      presents the colors, forms, and patterns of an Islamic
      culture that prefigured modernity but that often
      survives to inform aesthetic sensibilities in the

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