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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON OCT 22

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    22.10.2008 - 09:10 | Son Güncelleme:

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 22, 2008. HotNewsTurkey does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET
    --HOW MUCH HAS AKMAN'S WEALTH INCREASED
    The public prosecutor in Ankara, who is investigating the Deniz Feneri e.V. charity corruption case's extension in Turkey, has asked parliament for an asset declaration for the past three years from Zahid Akman, head of Turkish media watchdog.

    --CHARITY FRAUD IN EU REPORT
    A progress report prepared by the European Union on Turkey mentioned fraud in a Germany-based charity run by a number of Turkish nationals. The report says the fraud in the charity, Deniz Feneri e.V., is the biggest of its kind in German history and it tells of the ramifications in Turkey: "Lack of a parliamentary committee on expenditures of the public offices gives way to ineffective control."

    --FENERBAHCE: COULD NOT BE SAVED BY HOME

    Turkey's Fenerbahce football team took a crushing defeat at the hands of Arsenal of England in a European Champions League group game. The Canaries lost the home game in Istanbul 2-5 to kneel down at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium before any of their rivals for the first time since November 2005.

    MILLIYET
    --DANGEROUS ESCALATION
    Demonstrations, staged after claims that the head of the PKK terrorist organization, Abdullah Ocalan was maltreated in prison on Imrali island, have become the current issue. In Istanbul, three cars, a supermarket and a public health care center were torched. The terrorist organization PKK is suspected in such an attack on the Turkish Embassy in Finnish capital Helsinki. Tension mounted to its highest level in Dogubeyazit town in the eastern province of Agri where 20-year-old Ahmet Ozkan, a demonstrator, was shot dead at the demonstrations.

    The Interior Ministry and prosecutors have launched an investigation into the incident. Around 1,000 people, who gathered in front of the Democratic Society Party provincial building, chanted slogans such as "we will collapse the world without Ocalan around you."

    --U.S. DOLLAR HITS 27-MONTH HIGH
    Problems in Hungary and Ukraine have brought several problems --such as the current account deficit that was earlier neglected by foreigners-- into the forefront. The U.S. dollar rocketed over 1.57 YTL, a 27-month high in Turkey, as hedge funds started sales in developing countries.

    --CRISIS DELAYS REAL ESTATE PROJECTS
    Global financial turmoil has dealt its first blow in Turkey to the real estate industry. Several companies that do not want any change in their cash position have shelved new real estate projects "for now".

    SABAH
    --HEADSCARF AGAINST PRINCIPLE OF SECULARISM
    The Turkish Constitutional Court announced its detailed decision regarding a ruling to reverse a law adopted in parliament that would have allowed the wearing of headscarves at university campuses. The court said that the amendment made features of the republic nonfunctional. The decision said any amendment made to articles 10 and 42 of the Turkish Constitution were against the principle of secularism.

    --KADIKOY FALLS
    Fenerbahce soccer club of Turkey was defeated by Arsenal of England 2-5 in the European Champions League Group G match in Istanbul. Two goals by Arsenal in the first 11 minutes of the first half demoralized Fenerbahce. The match ended with the defeat of Fenerbahce at their home ground, Kadikoy.

    VATAN
    --FORMER PROSECUTOR UNDER POLICE CUSTODY IN ERGENEKON CASE
    Ertac Giray, a former prosecutor was taken into custody Tuesday morning under what is publicly known as the Ergenekon probe, a suspected criminal network with alleged ties to the military and bureaucracy in Turkey. Police searched Giray's home and impounded part of his electronic archives. Giray had offered legal consult to a number of other Ergenekon suspects who were detained earlier.

    --U.S. DOLLAR HIGHEST IN TWO YEARS
    U.S. dollar made a peak on Tuesday in over two years and climbed as high 1.57 YTL as a global financial crisis continued to shake world markets. The U.S. currency gained 35 percent in value since January 2008 and 27.8 percent in three weeks.

    CUMHURIYET
    --FOREIGNERS CAUSE ROCKETING U.S. DOLLAR
    Turkey has suffered the strongest tremor as global financial turmoil spread to emerging markets. National banks changed their position into buying and the U.S. dollar exchange soared 6 percent in a day.

    FIASCO IN ISTANBUL
    Turkish football team, Fenerbahce, was defeated 2-5 by England's Arsenal in their third match in Champions League. Fenerbahce are at the bottom in Group G with only one point. Fans protested the club administration, players and coach Luis Aragones.

    RADIKAL
    --HARSH WARNING FOR HEADSCARF
    The Turkish Constitutional Court announced its detailed decision regarding a ruling to annul a law adopted by parliament that would have allowed the wearing of headscarves at university campuses. The court said in the decision that the constitution does not allow the abuse of matters considered sacred in religion.

    --MGK: TERRORISM WILL BE ELIMINATED ON BASIS OF DEMOCRACY
    Turkish National Security Council (MGK) said the threat of terrorism would be eliminated on the basis of democracy. A statement released at the end of the meeting of the MGK said the council had decided to form a new structure in order to strengthen the coordination in the fight against terrorism.

    YENI SAFAK
    --FORMER SPECIAL OPS OFFICER SAYS POLITICIANS ORDERED KILLINGS
    A former police officer with the special operations unit said they had killed over a thousand people upon orders from politicians amid public debates about what is publicly known as the Ergenekon case, a suspected criminal network with alleged ties to the military and bureaucracy in Turkey. "Politicians gave the order and we pulled the trigger on behalf of the state," Ayhan Carkin told a televised interview. "Ergenekon is holding the reigns of the whole country just a like a giant octopus. One of its arms reaches to the PKK and another arm to Hezbollah," he said.

    --FENERBAHCE SURRENDERS FORT KADIKOY
    Turkey's Fenerbahce soccer team was defeated on Tuesday at their home in Istanbul for the first time in 15 matches at the European arena. The Canaries tasted a bitter salvo from England's Arsenal with 2-5. Fans reacted harshly to coach Luis Aragones.

     

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