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      NEWS BRIEFS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * On Wednesday, Turkey celebrated the 80th anniversary of its founding as
      a secular republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
      President Ahmet Necdet Sezer began the day by visiting Anitkabir,
      Ataturk's mausoleum, in Ankara. "Our nation is committed to strengthening
      this secular and democratic republic, our most precious heritage, so that
      it endures forever," wrote Sezer in Anitkabir's commemorative guest book.
      Many other celebrations were also held throughout the country. A giant
      national flag measuring nearly 40,000 square feet was paraded through
      Istanbul, and a huge airborne flag was literally flown above celebrations
      in Ankara. The official celebrations ended with a state reception hosted
      by President Sezer at Ankara's Presidential Palace.

      * President Bush issued a message Thursday, to mark the 80th anniversary
      of the foundation of the Turkish Republic. He remarked that the vision of
      Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk of a secular, democratic and
      peaceful Turkey was as important today as it was 80 years ago.
      President Bush also stated that the US is grateful for the vital
      contributions of Turkey in the war against terrorism, including its
      contribution to the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan.
      President Bush concluded by expressing his best wishes for the continued
      success and prosperity of the Turkish Republic.

      * Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers and Deputy Defense
      Secretary Paul Wolfowitz attended the Republic Day reception held by
      Turkey's Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, reported the daily
      Turkiye.
      Asked about the prospect of Turkish troop deployment in Iraq, Mr.
      Wolfowitz said that what was important was the generous offer that Turkey
      had made on this issue, which he said proved that Ankara was willing to
      take risks.

      * On Wednesday evening's Presidential Palace reception marking the Turkish
      Republics 80th anniversary, various political and military leaders took
      time out from the celebration to comment on the Iraq troop deployment
      issue.
      "Arranging necessary conditions for deployment seems difficult," said
      President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, adding, "For me the matter is closed."
      For his part, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "There
      has been nothing definitive on the issue. We had a request from the United
      States." The Turkish Prime Minister added that there is no agreement
      between the US and Turkey in how the Turkish troops would be deployed in
      Iraq. He also emphasized that Turkey is not keen to send troops to Iraq.
      Turkish armed forces' Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok echoed
      these sentiments, saying, "We're not eager to send troops." Speaking on
      Turkish troops currently deployed in northern Iraq for more than a decade,
      General Ozkok said that it would be difficult to pull the Turkish troops
      from northern Iraq as long as the Kurdish insurgents remain a threat to
      Turkey.

      * In related news, the private Turkish channel NTV reports that speaking
      at a press conference Friday, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman
      Hüseyin Diriöz said, "The ball is in US's court" as far as sending troops
      to Iraq.
      He said that Ankara was waiting for a response from Washington and
      stressed that Turkey would not accept a final ruling on the issue from any
      other party but the US.
      However, Mr. Diriöz added that Representatives from Ankara were
      continuing talks with members of the Iraqi interim government council.
      As we reported to you in the previous weeks, the US appointed Iraqi
      governing council, especially the Iraqi Kurds, have been showing strong
      opposition to the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq.
      The channel NTV also reported the US officials as saying that
      discussions as to whether Turkey will send troops to Iraq as part of the
      international stability force are continuing, despite comments from
      Turkish officials to the contrary, the US said on Thursday.
      * According to the daily Sabah, on Thursday, Turkey's prime minister and
      foreign affairs minister offered differing reactions to a widely discussed
      advance copy of the annual European Union progress report on Turkey, the
      official copy of which is due to be released next week.
      The leaked report praises Turkey's adoption of reforms to become a
      European Union member, but faults supposed lack of implementation.
      "We've already begun to implement those reforms," said Prime Minister
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We will accelerate this next year. Now the European
      Union is saying our implementation has been fair to medium. These are
      flimsy excuses to delay our accession talks," added the Turkish prime
      minister.
      Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Abdullah Gul, however,
      characterized the report as objective. Indicating that the report was as
      expected, Mr. Gul said that Ankara was aware of the deficiencies mentioned
      and that a monitoring group was being set up for precisely this reason.
      Next December the European Union is set to decide whether or not to
      begin Turkey's accession negotiations.

      * Turkey's main opposition party leader Mr. Deniz Baykal said Wednesday
      that the Socialist Internationals policy on Iraq reached during its
      January meeting in Rome was appropriate, reports the daily Turkiye.
      At the current Socialist International meeting in San Paulo, Brazil,
      which was held on Wednesday, Mr. Baykal was elected its deputy chairman.
      Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Baykal claimed that the United Nations had
      lost its efficacy in Iraq.
      Concerning recent violence in the Middle East, Mr. Baykal said the
      situation was deteriorating, adding that the basic causes underlying the
      disputes needed to be resolved.
      On the Cyprus issue, the Republican Peoples Party leader said the
      European Union should not put pressure on the sides to reach a hasty
      settlement that would not ease the 30-year-old issue but rather complicate
      it.

      * Speaking of Cyprus, according to the daily Milliyet, Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus President Rauf Denktas stated Wednesday that he wanted his
      nation to join the European Union alongside Turkey.
      Next May, Greek Cyprus is due to join the European Union on behalf of
      the whole island, unless a resolution with the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus is reached before that time.

      * Turkey's Education Minister Huseyin Celik and a delegation of university
      rectors led by Professor Ayhan Alkis convened Sunday to discuss proposed
      reforms to the higher education system reported the daily Turkiye.
      Following their three-and-a-half-hour meeting, Celik told reporters that
      the group had had fruitful talks.
      Stressing that everybody was in the agreement on the need for radical
      changes to the system, the minister stated that both sides would continue
      their work on the topic.

      * Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright adressesed the Turkish
      businessmen at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace during a conference on Friday.
      Ms. Albright is in Turkey to attend a conference on the Turkish-U.S.
      relations, war on Iraq and the Middle-East.

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Hilal Koc

      * The week celebrating the 80th anniversary of Turkish independence is
      finally wrapping up and the many nationwide arts and culture festivities
      are nearing their end.
      As part of the week, the State Archives General Directory of Turkey
      published a book titled "Documents on Mustafa Kemal Ataturk".
      The book draws from publications and reports dating back from the
      tumultuous period of 1916-1922 when the Turkish Republic was emerging from
      the disintegrating Ottoman Empire.

      * Among the 80th Anniversary celebrations, Turkey's first Turkish
      pop-music pioneers were honored during "Zip Istanbul Party" last
      Wednesday.
      The party had a huge turn-out, with guests ranging from Erol Buyukburc
      to Tarkan to Ajda Pekkan to Hande Yener.
      Considered the first Turkish pop song, "Bak Bir Varmis, Bir Yokmus" was
      played several times by the party's DJ, Naim Dilmener.

      * The 80th Anniversary was also celebrated by a State Theater production
      called, "From Independence to Foundation".
      The production features Turkey's first president and independence hero
      Ataturk's famous "Speech" and Orhan Asena's "The Story of the War of
      Independence".

      * TUYAP's 22nd Annual Istanbul Book Fair and the 13th Istanbul Art Fair
      will continue through November 2nd.
      Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu came to opening ceremony
      and encouraged Turks to promote Turkish literature abroad.
      Although this year's fair focused on Istanbul, fair promoter Tahsin
      Yucel said he plans on inviting at least 20 countries to the fair next
      year.
      This year's successful fair drew 750 artists and will host 400 signing
      days for authors.
      Several awards will also presented the last day of the fair.

      * Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra also performed a version of
      Carl Orff's world famous masterpiece, "Carmina Burana" November 29th to
      commemorate the anniversary.
      Maestro Rengim Gokmen led the symphony.

      * In other arts and culture news, Istanbul will host a brand new music
      festival called "Divertimiento" -- meaning "fun" in Spanish -- from
      November 6 through the 8th.
      The festival will kick off with a concert by Sabahat Akkiraz, followed
      by Erkan Ogur, and Arif Sag. The closing ceremony will performed by Laco
      Tayfa.
      For more information on the event, log on to:
      www.itu.edu.tr/divertimento

      * King Mausolos's grave is one of the World's seven wonders that was once
      located in what is now Turkey. Now parts of foundation of the King
      Mausolos's palace were found in the famous Bodrum Fortress in Southwestern
      Turkey.
      After a three-year long effort to preserve the ancient city of
      Halikarnassos located under the fortress, the team of archeologists were
      surprised to find yet another treasure hidden underground.
      It is said that the Bodrum Fortress has historical artifacts and ruins
      stretching over 15 centuries.
      See
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/galleries/suleyman/photo4.html
      http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Turkey/photo8323.htm
      http://www.lai5.com/portfolios/turkey/pages/tu_012.html
      http://www.bodrum-museum.com/depts/castleopen.htm

      EXCHANGE RATE

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

      1,488,000

      WEATHER

      Much of eastern Turkey has been hit by unseasonal snowfalls, cutting off
      dozens of villages and disrupting communications and power supplies.

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 66/41 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 75/55 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 72/59 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 84/59 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 68/57 Rainy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 63
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 70
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 73

      SPORTS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish soccer super League

      Week 11 matches


      Besiktas 0 - 0 Galatasaray
      Istanbulspor 0 - 2 Trabzonspor
      Denizlispor 1 - 2 Diyarbakirspor
      Samsunspor 2 - 1 Gençlerbirligi
      Ankaragücü 1 - 4 Gaziantepspor
      Bursaspor 6 - 0 Adanaspor
      Malatyaspor 3 - 0 Elazigspor
      Ç. Rizespor 1 - 1 Konyaspor
      A. Sebatspor 1 - 1 Fenerbahçe

      * Standings in the league:

      1.Besiktas 29
      2.F.Bahçe 24
      3.G.Saray 24
      4.Trabzon 23
      5.Malatya 22
      6.G.Antep 19
      7.Denizli 17
      8.Istanbul 17
      9.G.Birligi 16
      10.A.Gücü 14
      11.Ç.Rize 12
      12.D.Bakir 11
      13.Konya 11
      14.Samsun 11
      15.Bursa 10
      16.Adana 7
      17.A.Sebat 5
      18.Elazig 5

      * Turkish Men's Basketball

      Team GP W L PF PA
      1 Ülker 3 3 - 218 169 6
      2 Darüssafaka 3 3 - 237 192 6
      3 Tuborg 3 3 - 242 224 6
      4 Efes Pilsen 3 2 1 240 213 5
      5 Besiktas 3 2 1 243 226 5
      6 Türk Telekom 3 2 1 228 224 5
      7 Galatasaray 3 2 1 214 228 5
      8 Aras I.T.U 3 2 1 267 251 5
      9 P.Karsiyaka 3 1 2 247 238 4
      10 Tekelspor 3 1 2 238 239 4
      11 Fenerbahçe 3 - 3 197 220 3
      12 Tofas 3 - 3 200 239 3
      13 Oyak Renault 3 - 3 193 244 3
      14 Büyük Kolej 3 - 3 169 216 3

      * Turkish Women's Basketball

      Team GP W L GF GA
      1 Fenerbahçe 4 4 - 283 230 8
      2 Botas 4 4 - 288 241 8
      3 Erdemir 4 3 1 297 264 7
      4 Ceyhan Bld. 4 2 2 307 275 6
      5 Migros 4 2 2 276 248 6
      6 Çankaya Ari Koleji 4 2 2 294 278 6
      7 Ayvalik Küçükköy Bld. 4 2 2 278 289 6
      8 Besiktas 4 2 2 230 265 6
      9 IÜSK 4 1 3 271 270 5
      10 Güre Bld. 4 1 3 292 337 5
      11 Galatasaray 4 1 3 207 258 5
      12 Urla Bld. 4 - 4 271 339 4

      * NBA Basketball

      Turkoglu stats

      San Antonio 83-82 Phoenix: 7 points in 22 minutes
      San Antonio 72-80 Denver: 15 points in 30 minutes

      Okur stats

      Detroit 87-89 Indiana: 17 points in 32 minutes
      Detroit 93-81 Miami: 3 points in 21 minutes

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