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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 9

    Anatolian Agency
    09.05.2008 - 09:12 | Son Güncelleme:

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on May 9, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET

    --ALL 50 TURKS SURVIVE DEADLY CYCLONE IN MYANMAR

    Turkish Ambassador to Thailand Cinar Aldemir said that all 50 Turkish citizens in Myanmar survived the deadly cyclone. "There are two Turkish schools in the former capital Yangon and in Myanmar's second biggest city Mandalay. Twenty Turkish teachers and their families live in Yangon and seven others in Mandalay. They called our embassy and informed us that they all survived the cyclone," Aldemir said.

    --HEAVY PUNISHMENT FOR VAKIT DAILY

    The owner of the Vakit daily was sentenced to pay 100,000 new Turkish liras (YTL) (nearly $78,000) and the editor-in-chief was sentenced to pay 11,500 YTL (nearly $9,000) in fines on charges of showing members of the Council of State as a target.

    The daily had published photographs of the chairman and three members of the Council of State Second Chamber for taking a decision to ban the headscarf in its edition on Feb. 13, 2006. Later, a lawyer staged an armed attack on members of the chamber, killing one of them.

     

    MILLIYET

    --QATARI AMIR TO HAVE STADIUM BUILT FOR BESIKTAS

    It was claimed that Besiktas soccer club was about to reach an agreement with Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani --foreign partner of ATV-Sabah media group-- for construction and operation of Inonu Stadium. According to Kanald.com.tr, the connection with al-Thani was established by Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

    --BARROSO: SECULARISM CANNOT BE IMPOSED

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that full democracy and 'democratic secularism' were needed in Turkey in order to become a full EU member and secularism could not be imposed.

    --WARNING FROM KANDILLI: MARMARA ACTIVE

    Kandilli Observatory and Seismology Institute Director Prof. Gulay Altay said that there was an activity off Saros Gulf in the south and north of Marmara. She said, "The probability of earthquake expectation is still high."

     

    SABAH

    --"WE USED TEAR GAS UNDER STATE AUTHORITY"

    Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah spoke to reporters about the use of tear gas by police during the recent May Day celebrations. "This is the State's police. And the authority to use the tear gas was granted by the State," he said.

    --$1 BLN OF FORGETFULNESS

    Chamber of Architects, that files lawsuits against nearly all constructions, has "somehow" overlooked the Trump Towers, Aydin Dogan's project, worth $1 billion.

    Chamber of City Planners filed a case against the project after the deadline for application to the court. Chamber of Architects was the petitioner in the case that was rejected by the court because of the limitation period.

     

    VATAN

    --EARTHQUAKE WARNING FROM KANDILLI

    Kandilli Observatory and Seismology Institute Director Prof. Gulay Altay said, "There is activity in the north and south of Marmara. The earthquake risk is still high. Experts can not show the risk is low."

    --SHAME OF FEDERATION AGAINST TERIM

    Italian President decorated Turkish national team coach Fatih Terim with the Star of Italian Solidarity. Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan, State Minister Murat Basesgioglu, UEFA Vice-President Senes Erzik and the Turkish Football Federation's former chairman, Levent Bicakci, attended the ceremony. However, the Turkish Football Federation's new chairman, Hasan Dogan, and executives left Terim alone although they were invited to the ceremony.

     

    CUMHURIYET

    --MARMARA ALARM

    Kandilli Observatory and Seismology Institute warned that precautions should be taken. Professor Gulay Altay, director of the institute, said that there was activity beneath Marmara Sea's south and north off Saros Bay. She said an earthquake in the region was still a high probability.
           
    "Our people should be aware that they are living at risk of an earthquake," she said.

    --BARZANI TURNS DOWN DTP DELEGATION

    Massoud Barzani, leader of the regional Kurdish administration in the north of Iraq, refused to meet Democratic Society Party (DTP) delegation who met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
           
    "Turkey has changed its attitude and we are pleased with that. Nobody should expect us to take sides," Barzani was quoted as saying at a meeting with his party officials.

     

    RADIKAL

    --SUCH A MIND

    Director-General Kasim Ozer for Workers' Health and Security has confused members of the parliamentary inquiry commission set to investigate deaths of 46 workers at Tuzla shipyard in the last 5.5 years. "A total of 621 accidents have happened in the industry sector in the last seven years. Those accidents resulted in the deaths of 9,063 workers. The deaths in the Tuzla shipyard were exaggerated," he said.


    --A DELEGATION FOR BARZANI

    Ankara has decided to intensify its dialogue with the local Kurdish administration in northern part of Iraq after the change in statements of Massoud Barzani. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a delegation to northern Iraq to hold talks with Barzani.

     

    YENI SAFAK

    --IGLESIAS TO LAUNCH WORLD TOUR FROM TURKEY

    Music world's velvet-voice singer Julio Iglesias will give concerts in Turkish southern province of Antalya, Istanbul, western province of Izmir and Ankara as the first leg of his world tour. He will also visit Ataturk's Mausoleum, Anitkabir, in Ankara.

    --EARTHQUAKE RISK IS STILL HIGH

    Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute Director Prof. Gulay Altay warned against the earthquake risk for Istanbul. She said, "There is activity off the Saros Gulf in the south and the north of the Marmara Sea. The earthquake risk is still high. Quakes with magnitudes between 5-6 would jolt the city."

     


     

     

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