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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 October 2012

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 27 October 2012]

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      * Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu visited Yemen this week.
        According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, as part of his contacts in Yemen, Mr. Davutoglu on Sunday visited the historical bazaar in the Yemeni capital Sana, where he was received by an enthusiastic crowd, local folk dances and students carrying Turkish and Yemeni flags.
        Enjoying the great interest shown, Mr. Davutoglu greeted the public, talked with shopkeepers and visited the Great Mosque of Sana.
        Both Yemeni and Turkish flags have been displayed on Bab al-Yaman (Yemen Gate) on the occasion of his visit.

      * According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, speaking to a group of Turkish journalists on Monday in Jerusalem, Pinhas Avivi, former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, who currently serves as the political director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said Israel seeks to hold talks with Turkey regarding the Syrian crisis, noting that the situation in Syria will have an impact on the future of Turkey as well as Israel.
        In reference to Turkey's demands of an official apology and compensation for the families of Turkish victims who were killed by Israeli commandos in 2010 on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla to Gaza, as well as the lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, Avivi said, "Both countries have made mistakes. But, hereafter we should sit at the table without preconditions and strive to find solutions."
        Mr. Avivi added that officials of the two countries must launch a mechanism for cooperation on the Syrian crisis instead of delivering harsh messages to each other through the media, describing the crisis between Israel and Turkey as "artificial."
        Mr. Avivi also indicated that Turkey's conditions for an apology and compensation to restore ties could be met.

      * Women's perspectives should be taken into consideration at every stage of the ongoing efforts to draft a new civilian constitution, Turkey's Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Sahin said, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
        Ms. Sahin's remarks came in a speech delivered at a meeting on women entrepreneurs organized as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Program of the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. The meeting, titled as "Women Entrepreneurship: Myths and Realities," was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, who highlighted the importance of women's economic participation for Turkey's power with regard to competition and growth.
        Ambassador Ricciardone said Turkey had not yet been able to make full use of its resources, adding that women and girls constituted a significant human resource. He referred to a maxim by the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: "Everything we see on earth is the product of women."
        Ambassador Ricciardone said a conscious state policy for the participation of all people in work life had been implemented since the foundation of the Republic. "Ataturk saw this years ago and steps have been taken in this direction. Providing women's participation in the economy and increasing their productivity in society will really have a very big influence on Turkey's competitiveness and growth," Ricciardone said.

      * According to the Turkish daily Star, American-Turkish Council Chairman Richard L. Armitage said that Turkey was an exciting country for investments.
        Speaking to reporters, Armitage said that they were very hopeful about improvement of commercial relations between Turkey and the US. "Turkey could benefit from some developments that have occurred in different places in the world. For example, Chinese economy has started to slow down and many American investors are looking for different countries for investment. So which one should be considered? Turkey is an exciting country for investments with its young and growing population of 75 million, as well as its modern and strong democracy", Armitage said. Stating that the growth rate of Turkey is expected to be 3.5 percent next year, Armitage also said that Turkey's exports to the United States rose by 22 percent in the first six months of the year and it was a pleasing development.
        Mr. Armitage is a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.


      * Turkey's Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk will be receiving the French Legion d'honneur order of merit in a ceremony set to take place on Sunday, the Anatolia News Agency reported.
        Pamuk will be meeting his fans during the weekend at the Islam art exhibit at Louvre, and the Nobel winner will also attend separate conferences for several of his books.


      * Officials and locals have gathered to celebrate the sixth anniversary of a ship museum in Turkeys's northwestern province of Kocaeli's Gölcük district, reports the Dogan News Agency
        The Yarhisar Ship Museum, which was restored in 2006 by Naval Force officials, features pictures of the Ottoman fleet command, as well as other photographs and objects, and has welcomed thousands of visitors since it was opened six years ago
        The ship was built in the United States in 1964; between 1965 and 2005, it served as an anti-submarine ship. During the 1970s, it also saw duty in Turkey's intervention in Cyprus following a coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece.
        The ship came to Gölcük after it was decommissioned in 2005, at which point the local municipality decided to convert the vessel into a museum.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, one of Mexico's most important celebrations, "Dia de los Muertos" (The Day of the Dead), will be celebrated in Istanbul at the beginning of next month with events at the Cervantes Institute.
        Cervantes Institutes in Ankara and Istanbul are preparing a special program to depict the significance of the day in Mexican culture.
        The events will start Oct. 31 with the opening of the Altar of the Dead. The events, which include literary and cinematic activities, will host Mexican Ambassador Jaime Garcia Amaral and other officials, who will discuss the importance of the day while providing information on Mexican traditions.
        The festival that eventually became the modern Day of the Dead used to be held in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, around the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead," corresponding to the modern Catrina.
        Two Mexican authors, Alvaro Uribe and Tedi Lopez Mills, will also attend the festivities to give a conference.

      * Istanbuls Pera Museum's second exhibition of the fall season is "Flash-Back, Yannick Vu and Ben Jakober, Works: 1982-2012," an exhibition exploring thirty years of paintings and sculptures presenting vivid depictions of sensuality. It includes both the individual early works of the two artists and their collaborative works that began in 1993.
        Both artists are wanderers – Jakober being of Hungarian origin born in Vienna, brought up in England and having lived in France; Vu having been born in France of a Vietnamese father and French mother. Both then chose Spain as their home to create, work and nurture their foundation.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ and http://www.jakober-vu.com/


      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy will be giving a concert in Turkey on November 11 at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park as part of the Avea Escape to Music concerts. And read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/


      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu's new film, "Araf" (Purgatory), has received the best movie award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, beating out a series of international contenders.
        The film competed with movies such as Kirill Serebrennikov's "Betrayal," Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday," Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rosa," Pablo Larrain's "No," Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage Beyond," François Ozon's "In the House," Nouri Bouzid's "Hidden Beauties," Manoel de Oliveira's "Gebo and the Shadow" and Susanne Bier's "Ladies Only Screening: Love Is All You Need," at the sixth Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
        The movie also received the "Black Pearl" award at the festival.
        In a different part of the world, in a different festival, Turkish actress Neslihan Atagül has received the Best Actress of the Present and Future Award at Moscow's 2morrow Film Festival for her role in "Araf."
        Ms. Atagül received the award for her portrayal of the character Zehra, competing in the category against Isabelle Huppert and Alexandra Dahlström. "Araf" itself also received positive feedback at the film festival and from the jury, which included Marianne Slot, producer of Lars Von Trier's movies, as well as Claudia Lansberger and Marit Kaplan.

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that organized with the support of the Malatya Mayor and the Malatya Apricot Research and Development Foundation this year's Malatya Film Festival will host different events, panels and discussions from Nov. 9 to 15, according to an announcement at a press conference held at the Marmara Hotel on Oct. 22.
        The festival organizers bestowed a lifetime achievement award to Münir Özkul. As the actor is still in the hospital, his daughter Güner Özkul has received the award on behalf of his father.
        Festival President Kayhan Kirmizigul, International Film Coordinator Nesim Benyoca, festival Consultancy Member and cinema writer Alin Tasciyan and Malatya Municipality Vice President Selin Pilten attended the press conference as speakers.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * The Hurriyet Daily News reports that 24 Documentaries that reach from volcanic mountains to the oceans and from African natives to Buddhist priests by Werner Herzog, a master of German cinema, will be screened at Istanbul Modern Cinema in early November.
        Herzog was honored at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival with the 2006 Film Society Directing Award.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a new European Union-grant project at Istanbul's Yildiz Palace Museum aims to make the museum more accessible to a wider audience using modern technology.
        Visitors will be able to discover the palace with 360-degree panorama photographs.
        Yildiz Palace is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and villas in Istanbul, Turkey, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used as a residence by the sultan and his court in the late 19th century. The palace was used as a center of the Ottoman Empire by Abdülhamid II for 33 years.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/

      A replica of a Catalhoyuk house

      Recently excavated interior of a house in Catalhoyuk
      [Click photo for more photos]

      * The Anatolia News Agency reports that a 9,000-year-old civilization will come alive in four experimental houses at Çatalhöyük, an ancient settlement in Konya's Çumra district included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
        After 20 years, excavation work is still ongoing under director Ian Hodder of Stanford University and is expected to continue for another five years, the assistant director of the Çatalhöyük excavations, Serap Özdöl said. A research institute center would be added to the site, she said.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
        See also https://www.stanford.edu/  


      One of the mosaics with animal and plant figures found in a villa

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, a new ancient city considered to be the Zeugma of the West and thought to be one of the lost cities of Anatolia has been unearthed in Izmir. There are unique mosaics with figures in the city.
        Zeugma is the ancient city known for its rich mosaics in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep.
        The newly-unearthed city is believed to date back to around the late Roman or Byzantium period.
        It was home to a 5500 sq.ft. villa complex with 3.5-ft-thick walls, water channels and 11 rooms.


      * Women's tennis association championships took place in Istanbul this week.
        Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to win the title.
        Read more at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
        and http://www.wtachampionships.com/

      * The Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce beat its Greek Cypriot rival AEL in its own turf 1 to 0 in the Europa League on October 25.

      * The Turkish soccer team Galatasaray had a draw with its Romanian rival Cluj 1 to 1 in its game in Istanbul in the European Football Federation's Champions League on October 23.

      * In games played so far this weekend: 9

      Kasimpa$a	-	Be$iKta$ 	1 - 3	   
      Elazig Sp	-	Eski$ehir Sp	1 - 1	   
      Mersin I Y	-	Istanbul BBSK	2 - 0	   
      Sivas Sp	-	Akhisar Sp	1 - 2	   
      G. Saray	-	Kayseri Sp	3 - 0	   
      Karabuk Sp	-	G. Birligi	0 - 0	   
      G. Antep Sp	-	Ordu   Sp	3 - 0	   
      Trabzon Sp	-	Bursa Sp	0 - 1	   
      Fenerbahce	-	Antalya Sp 	1 - 3 
      Standing in the league as of week ending 9
      	1 - 	G. Saray	18	   
      	2 - 	Antalya Sp 	18	   
      	3 - 	G. Birligi	14	   
      	4 - 	Eski$ehir Sp	14	   
      	5 - 	Ordu   Sp	14	   
      	6 - 	Kasimpa$a	13	   
      	7 - 	Bursa Sp	13	   
      	8 - 	Fenerbahce	13	   
      	9 - 	Trabzon Sp	13	   
      	10 - 	Be$iKta$ 	12	   
      	11 - 	Sivas Sp	12	   
      	12 - 	Istanbul BBSK	11	   
      	13 - 	G. Antep Sp	11	   
      	14 - 	Akhisar Sp	10	   
      	15 - 	Karabuk Sp	9	   
      	16 - 	Mersin I Y	8	   
      	17 - 	Kayseri Sp	7	   
      	18 - 	Elazig Sp	5


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