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      NEWS BRIEFS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Serkan Hatipoglu

      * Last Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey
      could decide by next week whether to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq.
      U.S is requesting Turkey to send up to 10,000 troops to help restore
      order in postwar Iraq and take some of the pressure off its own forces
      there.
      Mr. Erdogan said the cabinet would discuss the issue at its next
      meeting, scheduled for Monday. His ruling Justice and Development Party
      would also debate the matter on Tuesday.

      * Turkey and the U.S. have agreed on a plan to remove the threat posed to
      Turkey by the rebel Turkish Kurds' underground organization Kurdistan
      Workers Party, which has bases located in Northern Iraq.
      Announcing the decision last Thursday, Turkish Foreign Ministry official
      Nabi Sensoy said that full agreement had been reached on eradicating the
      terrorist group in Northern Iraq. U.S. State Department official Cofer
      Black has confirmed that U.S. is committed to dealing with the Kurdistan
      Workers Party.

      * Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Abdullah Gul said that he did not
      think the country would have to go to the polls, after the results of last
      year's general election were thrown into doubt by a court decision.
      Speaking in Rome last Tuesday, Mr. Gul said that the ruling by the
      Turkey's Court of Appeals on the conviction of four members of Democratic
      People's Party for lodging fraudulent documents before last November's
      election should not lead to a new ballot.

      * Last Thursday, Turkey's prime minister Mr. Tayyip Erdogan and his Czech
      Republic counterpart Mr. Vladimir Spidla held a joint news conference
      after signing cooperation agreements between the two countries on social
      security, culture, education, science and sports.
      Mr. Erdogan said that main target of Mr. Spidla's visit was to review
      rapidly developing relations between the two countries, and to exchange
      views on various regional and international issues.

      * Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov will seek to boost economic ties
      with neighboring Turkey during a three-day visit there, starting next
      Tuesday, his press office said.
      Mr. Parvanov will be accompanied by a delegation of 60 Bulgarian
      businessmen, who will meet their Turkish colleagues at a business forum.

      * The European Union on Monday urged Turkey to do more to unite Cyprus
      before the island joins the bloc next year, offering some encouragement on
      Ankara's progress toward a start date for European Union accession talks
      of its own.
      The European Union has set Turkey a series of targets on political and
      economic reform, and will hold a review in December 2004.
      The Cyprus problem goes back several decades. Soon after the foundation
      of a bi-communal republic on Cyprus in 1960, the Cypriot Greeks reneged on
      international agreements and pushed the Turks into enclaves and blocked
      them from participating in the economic and administrative life on the
      island. From time to time Cypriot Greeks also massacred the poorly
      defended Turks.
      When extremist Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then, toppled
      the all-Greek Cypriot government in 1974 with the ultimate goal of uniting
      the island with Greece, Turkey exercised its right of intervention
      according to the 1960 international agreement.
      The Turkish intervention gathered the Cypriot Turks into the Northern
      part of the island to assure them the security and safety that they did
      not have for many years.
      Also, there has been peace on the island ever since the 1974 Turkish
      intervention.
      However, the Turks of Cyprus have been under economic and political
      embargo since then, due to effective Greek lobbying and propaganda.

      See http://www.trncwashdc.org/h9.html for more.

      * Speaking of the European Union, the Italian foreign affairs minister Mr.
      Franco Frattini said on Wednesday that Italy supported Turkey's accession
      to the European Union.
      His Turkish counterpart Mr. Abdullah Gul and Mr. Frattini held a joint
      press conference after their meeting.
      The two foreign affairs ministers discussed Turkey's European Union
      membership process, Turkish-Italian relations, illegal migration and Iraq
      in the meeting.
      The Turkish foreign affairs minister was paying an official visit to
      Italy.

      * NATO allies Turkey and Britain opened a joint space defense research
      center on Tuesday in the Turkish capital Ankara.
      "Today has seen a significant development in cooperation between the
      United Kingdom and the Republic of Turkey in the field of defense space
      technology," said British Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram in a
      statement.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Hilal Koc

      * Turkish American surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz was the medical director of the
      upcoming film John Q.
      As the heart transplant consultant, Dr. Oz reviewed the script and
      oversaw the production of several scenes that involved surgery, ensuring
      that they were medically accurate.
      Dr. Oz, whose hands performed some of the scenes, also demonstrated
      cardiac surgery techniques to the actors and film crew.
      While the movie offers a realistic portrayal of surgery, the depiction
      of the healthcare system is an extreme one. "However the shortage of organ
      donation remains," says Dr. Oz. "In addition, as a nation, we need to have
      a public discussion about how we will pay for effective, but expensive
      technologies. This debate will intensify with innovative solutions like
      mechanical hearts."
      Dr. Oz is the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Columbia
      Presbyterian Medical Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
      See http://www.realgoodmovies.com/john_q.php for more about the film.
      See http://www.columbiasurgery.org/divisions/cardiac/staff_oz.html
      http://www.ctsnet.org/home/mcoz for more on Dr. Oz.

      * The 40th annual "Golden Orange" Film Festival was held Oct. 4th in
      Turkey's sunny Mediterranean province of Antalya.
      Director Omer Kavur's "Meeting " swept the festival, winning Best Film,
      as well as Best Director, and Best Screenplay. (See
      http://www.turkfilm.net/kavur.html)
      Actress Meltem Cumbul won Best Actress for her role in "During
      Abdulhamit's Fall" and actor Tarik Akan won Best Actor for his role in "My
      Rose".
      The Best supporting Actress award went to Nurhayat Kavrak in "The
      Waiting Room" and Best Supporting Actor award went to both Çetin Öner &
      Aytaç Arman.
      Best soundtrack went to Turkey's renowned singer and composer Timur
      Selcuk for "During Abdulhamit's Fall."
      This year's special 40th Year Special Award went to actor Mehmet Gunsur
      for his role in "He is Now a Soldier"

      * October 6 through the 12th, Batman, a city in the southeastern Turkey,
      will launch a comprehensive festival called the "First Annual Batman &
      Hasankeyf Arts & Culture Festival."
      The festival will feature music performances, poetry readings, film
      screenings, theater shows, dance performances and much more.
      The festival is set to kick off on October 6th with a concert by famed
      singer Ibrahim Tatlises.
      He will be followeedd by performers Selda Bagcan, Knar, Xero Abbas, Grup
      Kizilirmak, and Turkey's own MKM Music Group.
      On the last day, there will be a large art show held on the banks of the
      Tigris River.
      The closing ceremony will feature music groups Ciwan Haco, Inti Illimani
      and performer Arif Sag.
      See http://www.batman.gov.tr/album/ for photographs of Batman province
      that Batman City is in and Hasankeyf.

      * The one-year anniversary of the tragic death of famed Turkish painter
      Kemal Uluer will be remembered October 7 through the 16th in Istanbul's
      Ortakoy Cultural Center.
      Mr. Kemal Uluer who never sold a single one of his paintings, will be
      honored by poet and close friend Sunay Akin, who will hold a poetry
      reading as well as musical group "Kurtulan Ekspres" who will hold a
      concert.
      Mr. Uluer was confined to a wheelchair towards the end of his life due
      to a degenerative muscle disease.
      Mr. Uluer's 100 paintings will be shown in the Cultural Center although
      no sales will be allowed.

      * In France's "First International Tourism Films Festival," the "40 second
      Istanbul" film captured the best commercial film.
      Saverne's Mayor Thierry Carbiner, handed ou the "Licorne d'Or" Award to
      Turkish Arts and Culture Attaché in Paris, Serpil Varol. Istanbul's film
      was chosen among 16 films from 12 countries and 40 cities.

      * Following the success of the independent British movie, "Bend it like
      Beckham," Turkey offers its own version of a "soccer movie."
      Sponsored by Carlsberg, the sponsor of Turkish soccer team Galatasaray,
      "To the Old Yellow Pattern" can be seen as early as October 9th in
      Istanbul's Venue.
      The film will feature the struggles and victories behind Turkish soccer
      team Galatasaray's 2002-2003 season, 2003-2004 practices and their match
      with CSKA Sofya. The movie will be shown in over 50 locations in Turkey
      and will also be shown in Germany, Austria, and Belgium.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:

      1,394,000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 75/50 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 88/68 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 77/59 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 84/59 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 75/63 Rainy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 73
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 68
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 72
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 77

      SPORTS

      * Turkish Soccer - Premiere Division

      Week 7 results:

      Adanaspor 0-2 Galatasaray
      Samsunspor 2-0 Elazigspor
      Fenerbahce 1-0 G.Birligi
      Ankaragucu 2-1 Istanbulspor
      Bursaspor 2-1 Konyaspor
      Denizlispor 1-0 Malatyaspor
      Rizespor 2-1 Diyarbakirspor
      Sebatspor 1-2 Gaziantepspor
      Besiktas 5-0 Trabzonspor

      Week 8 matches:

      Konyaspor - Fenerbahce 2 - 4
      Galatasaray - Sebatspor 4 - 3
      Istanbulspor - Denizlispor 0 - 3
      Malatyaspor - Bursaspor 2 - 1
      G.Birligi - Adanaspor 6 - 0

      Standings

      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 19
      2. Fenerbahce 19
      3. Istanbulspor 14
      4. Galatasaray 14
      5. Trabzonspor 13

      * UEFA Champions' League

      Galatasaray 1-2 Real Sociedad
      Chelsea 0-2 Besiktas

      Standings

      First Phase Group D

      GP W D L F A Pts GD
      Juventus 2 2 0 0 4 2 6 2
      Real Sociedad 2 2 0 0 3 1 6 2
      Galatasaray 2 0 0 2 2 4 0 -2
      Olympiakos 2 0 0 2 1 3 0 -2

      First Phase Group G
      GP W D L F A Pts GD
      Lazio 2 1 1 0 4 2 4 2
      Besiktas 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 0
      Chelsea 2 1 0 1 1 2 3 -1
      Sparta Prague 2 0 1 1 2 3 1 -1

      * UEFA Cup - First Round

      Gençlerbirligi 3-1 Blackburn
      Gaziantepspor 1-0 H. Tel-Aviv
      Malatyaspor 0-2 Basel
      Villarreal 0-0 Trabzonspor

      * Basketball European Cup Standings:

      Group A
      GP W L PF PA Pts
      Lithuania 10 9 1 1001 765 19
      Turkey 10 7 3 810 733 17
      Ukraine 10 7 3 834 794 17
      Bulgaria 10 5 5 857 877 15
      Switzerland 10 2 8 658 812 12
      Holland 10 - 10 712 891 10

      * Women's Volley Ball - World Championship

      Poland wins championship
      Poland - Turkey: 25-17, 25-14, 25-17.

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      When: 5 October 2003, Sunday 11:30 - 6:00 P.M.
      Where: Las Palmas Park, Sunnyvale

      Directions: 850 Russet Drive (Close to the corner of S. Mathilda and El
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      Menu: Food will be served by New Kapadokia!
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      Members $10
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      Children up to age 12 $6 for 1/2 portion

      Activities: Art Table for Children, Bubbles, Volleyball,
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