Will Thomas Haberleri
ISTANBUL - Turkey is an ideal family holiday location. It offers a reliable climate, beach resorts, good quality accommodation, water sports and land-based activities, all at a lower cost compared to Western Europe. Figures report a 12 percent rise in overseas visitors.
For many years, a well-known journalist made almost a career out of advancing his "McDonald’s Peace Thesis." It held that no two countries both hosting a McDonald’s franchise had ever gone to war. The argument was frayed by the U.S.-led bombing of Serbia in the 1990s.
NEWYORK - Jobless Americans are flocking to gyms, getting in shape and occupying themselves while waiting for the end of recession. As unemployment skyrockets, consumers spend less on entertainment but refuse to reduce trips to the gym
LONDON / COPENHAGEN - Carry trade, meaning the use of funds in countries with lower borrowing costs to invest in those with higher rates, is coming back after months of declining confidence. Major institutions have begun recommending the practice
ISTANBUL - The Futurist Association organizes its second summit. The summit that will take place at Istanbul’s İş Art Culture Center on June 25 is organized under the slogan ’Nanotechnology will come and everything will change.’ The aim of the futurists is to catch the latest technologies
FRANKFURT - The German government offered to buy property lender Hypo Real Estate Holding, moving closer to the country’s first bank nationalization since the 1930s.
ISTANBUL - The International Film Festival, which will kick off this Saturday, continues the Kids Menu section again this year with two new, internationally acclaimed films.
ISTANBUL - The latest meeting of art historians researching Anatolia’s cultural development focused on artistic communication in the Byzantine world.
FETHİYE - An 86-year-old British man who was visiting his daughter in Fethiye died when he fell down in his bedroom last week. Both a priest and an imam presided over his funeral.
LONDON - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development President Thomas Mirow said the bank will offer support to Ukraine’s banks only after the country resumes cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.
OLDENBURG - Turkish artist İlker Manga, who is living in the German city of Bremen, opened an exhibition Friday called "Istanbul: The Tale of the Sea" in Oldenburg in northwestern Germany near Bremen. The exhibition is made up of his works between 1982 and 2008.
ISTANBUL - Seventy people from every religion and culture in support of universal brotherhood and the craving for an ideal country come together to found the ’Bread Party,’ inspired by the well-known novel ’Utopia’ of Thomas More defining an ideal country
Vikas Swarup, the author of the book, which was the inspiration behind the year's most successful film 'Slumdog Millionaire,' is an Indian diplomat whose first foreign posting was to Ankara in 1987 which he still remembers fondly
ISTANBUL - After only a few days at the helm, Bülent Korkmaz makes his debut as Galatasaray coach in one of the most crucial games of the team's season. Korkmaz's Lions take on Bordeaux in the UEFA Cup round of 32, in the return game of a goalless draw, hoping to pave the way home for the competition's final in Istanbul on May 20
LOS ANGELES - The plot -- as if it matters, since 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' is mostly about label worship -- follows Rebecca's futile attempts at reducing her credit card debt of more than $16,000, even as she hypocritically writes a magazine column about smart shopping
WASHINGTON / PARIS - Central banks have cherished their independence for decades, but the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression puts that independence at risk.
LONDON - Rags-to-riches story 'Slumdog Millionaire' has continued its fairy-tale journey, winning seven prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards and sealing its place as favorite for the Oscars later this month.
LOS ANGELES - 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' leads the Academy Awards with 13 nominations. Other best picture nominees are 'Frost/Nixon,' 'Milk,' 'The Reader' and 'Slumdog Millionaire.' Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's ’Üç Maymun’ (Three Monkeys) was named Tuesday in a short list of nine films up for Oscar nominations in the foreign-language contest but has not made the cut.
LONDON - Underdog-turned-favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" picked up 11 nominations Thursday for the British Academy film awards, Britain's version of the Oscars.
BORDEAUX - French wine producers have suffered a difficult 2008 and 2009 is looking to be as bad. Although many wines from the year’s vintage are described as being 'very good,' the vintage was expensive and one of the lowest on record and national consumption has slid under government pressure
LOS ANGELES - Director Gabriele Muccino and writer Grant Nieporte jump all over the place in time, trying to keep us on our toes. With its many twists and revelations, 'Seven Pounds' does make you work, which is vaguely refreshing when so much is so mindless
NEW YORK - Bernard Madoff, the president of a US investment company and regarded as a pioneer in Wall Street, is charged with operating a ’Ponzi scheme.’ Madoff, who is under arrest, allegedly told two of his employees that his advisory business is ’all just one big lie’ and ’a giant Ponzi scheme’.
The Swiss National Bank slashed interest rates by half a percentage point on Thursday, its fourth cut in two months, as it warned that a sharply worsening global climate would tip Switzerland into recession next year.
ANTALYA - Hard-pressed families got some holiday cheer as Britain’s biggest tour operator announced sunshine breaks for just 2 pounds a night.
ANTALYA - One of the world’s biggest tour companies, Britain's Thomas Cook, will host 2,500 tour operators in Antalya as part of a project with its Turkish partner, the Diana Tour Company, in which the Antalya region and nearby tourist centers will be introduced to operators.
ISTANBUL - For progress to be made on the issue of women’s rights and for the voice of women to be heard in Turkey, the number of female administrators in the government needs to increase, Justice and Development Party, or AKP, deputy Fatma Şahin, said yesterday.
The Times ve The Sunday Times gazeteleri, "Yılın En İyi 100 Filmi"ni seçti. Bir süre önce ölen aktör Heath Ledger’in oynadığı "The Dark Night"in birinci olduğu listede, Reha Erdem’in yönettiği "Beş Vakit" beşinci sırada yer aldı.
Reha Erdem’in yönettiği “Beş Vakit” filmi, “Yılın en iyi beş filmi" arasına girdi. The Times ve The Sunday Times gazeteleri, “Yılın En İyi 100 Filmi”ni belirledi. Bir süre önce ölen aktör Heath Ledger’in “olağanüstü” bir performansı gösterdiği “The Dark Night”ın birinci olduğu listede “Beş Vakit” beşinci sırada yer aldı. Bu arada, Fatin Akın’ın “Yaşamın Kıyısında” filmi de 28. oldu
ATHENS - Britain returned a 14th century Byzantine icon to Greek authorities on Wednesday, 30 years after it was stolen from a monastery in northern Greece, the Culture Ministry said.
ISTANBUL - Memorial Health Group will open two new hospitals in Antalya and Istanbul in 2009, supported by a 10 million euro loan from German BHF Bank. The new facilities will offer employment to a total of 683 medical professionals.
LOS ANGELES - The likely top contenders for the Feb. 22 Oscars hit theaters in late November and December, among them 'Milk,' with Sean Penn as the slain gay-rights pioneer; 'Revolutionary Road,' with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a failing marriage; 'Frost/Nixon,' featuring Frank Langella as President Richard Nixon; and 'Doubt,' starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
DUBLIN / PARIS - Third quarter figures show the Euro zone economy falls into its first recession in 15 years. Gross domestic product in the region shrinks 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, October inflation eases to 3.2 percent, reflecting lower energy prices
ISTANBUL - Popular Turkish director Çağan Irmak’s tear-jerker ’Issız Adam’ works as a powerful commentary of the modern urban man and the crumble of relations in big cities. But watch out for the occasional acting blunders and stilted dialogue. And prepare to shed a few tears.
MOSUL, Iraq - Mosul, a city where religions and ethnicities collide, witnesses rising ethnic tensions between Kurds and Arabs on oil, land and influence. Many fear the disputes threaten calm in Iraq as officials say al-Qaeda benefits from power battle
Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias said on Tuesday he was prepared to open ports and airports to commercial activities run by Turkish Cypriots. (UPDATED)
Central banks and regulators scrambled on Tuesday to relieve the strain on financial markets frazzled by another hefty blow to confidence, this time from the rejection by U.S. lawmakers of a $700 billion rescue plan.
The future course of Austria’s government was in doubt Monday after two far-right, anti-immigration parties made big gains in national elections while the governing coalition lost seats in Parliament. (UPDATED)
"Pandora's Box," a moving story about sibling rivalry by Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu, Saturday won the Golden Shell award for best film at the San Sebastian film festival.
The first U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be permanently based overseas sailed into its new home port Thursday, greeted by protests in the only nation to have ever experienced nuclear attack.
The board of directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said Tuesday it had voted overwhelmingly in favor of investing in Turkey, a position supported by the United States.
The prime minister of Porsche's home state attacked a draft German law preserving the state of Lower Saxony's blocking minority stake in Volkswagen as a needless provocation of the European Union.
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on September 14, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
Hurricane Ike barreled into the densely populated Texas coast near Houston early on Saturday, bringing with it a wall of water and ferocious winds.
Oil rose towards $120 a barrel on Thursday, its fourth day of gains, boosted by the threat of damage to U.S. oil installations from Tropical Storm Gustav.
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Societe Generale posted a 63 percent fall in second-quarter net profit, hit by losses at its corporate and investment banking unit in the credit crunch, Frances' second-biggest bank by market value said on Tuesday.
The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates toward their "neutral" setting as quickly as reasonably possible to prevent high inflation taking root, a top Fed policy-maker said on Wednesday.
Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will decide on July 25 whether to move to direct reunification talks, Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias said on Tuesday, Reuters reported. (UPDATED)
Rusya Kültür Bakanı Aleksander Avdeyev, geçtiğimiz günlerde yaptığı bir açıklamada, ülkesinde gösterilen “ucuz” Amerikan filmlerinden yakındı ve bundan böyle kaliteli ve “yurtsever” filmleri destekleyeceklerini söyledi.