These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on May 23, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
--MOR VE OTESI GOES TO EUROVISION FINALS
The second semi-finals of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest took place in
--TURKS LOSE $1 BLN IN INTERNET GAMBLING IN 6 MONTHS
Turks have lost at least $1 billion in internet gambling. According to a senior telecommunications officer, this amount was lost in a period of only six months.
--FIVE REASONS FOR THE TENSION
Five important reasons that lay behind the tension which escalated upon the statement of the Presidents Commission of the Supreme Court of Appeals criticizing certain political circles for attempting to influence and control the judiciary branch and the government's harsh reaction to the statement. These reasons are:
1. Deputy Prime Minister & State Minister Cemil Cicek's failure to convene the Higher Board of Judges and Prosecutors during his term in office as the justice minister.
2. Some allegations that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) envisaged to change structure of all judicial organs in its draft constitution.
3. The ruling AKP's decision to amend the constitution to lift the ban on headscarf in universities.
4. The closure case filed by the chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals against the ruling AKP.
5. Presentation of the draft judicial reform to the EU by Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin without listening to the views of judicial organs.
--"CRAZY" IN FINAL
Turkish music band "Mor ve Otesi" has qualified to the final round of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest in the Serbian capital city of
The 2008 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in
--TURKISH STUDENT WINS INTERNATIONAL POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION
A Turkish student has won an international poster design competition with her poster regarding whale hunting. Aycin Turan, a communication design student from Turkey's Izmir Economic University (IEU), won the "Good 50x70," an international poster design competition, with her poster titled "Beauty: Not As Innocent As it Seems".
--2ND ROUND PEACE
World press put news reports about
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said the basic principle in the talks was "land for peace and peace for land." "The Israeli-Syrian leg of the Middle Eastern peace process officially resumed after 13 years and the talks will continue under
--MOR VE OTESI QUALIFIES FOR THE FINAL
Turkish music band "Mor ve Otesi" qualified for the final round of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest in
The band will appear on the stage in 12th position in the final of Eurovision Song Contest.
--THREE WEEKS REQUIRED FOR PM ERDOGAN'S EYE TO HEAL
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ophthalmologist Kazim Devranoglu said that it would take at least three weeks for Erdogan's eye to heal. "Erdogan's eye has entered a period of healing," said Devranoglu.
Saudi Arabian authorities have put another Turkish barber, 25-year-old Ersin Taze of
--BIG SUPPORT TO STATEMENT
The Council of State, political parties and jurists have extended full support to the statement of the Presidents Commission of the Supreme Court of Appeals criticizing attempts to influence and control the judiciary branch. The Council of State expressed its concerns in a statement about recent arguments over democratic legitimacy of the judiciary.
The international animal right’s group, PETA, has staged a demonstration in front of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin, Germany, to protest the killing of stray dogs and cats in Turkey. Demonstrators carried photographs of slain animals.
Two Turkish troops were killed in clashes with the PKK terrorists in Beytussebap town of the southeastern city of
--AUSTRIAN PRESIDENT FISCHER HOLDS TALKS IN
After completing his talks in
--TURKISH DOCTOR GETS ENVIRONMENT AWARD
A Turkish biologist received an environment award from
A Turkish student who was run over by a Hummer in
Dikey, who had come to help a friend move a piano from Samieian's
Turkish State Minister Mehmet Simsek announced that