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Tens of thousands of people gathered in Istanbul, Adana, Mersin, Zonguldak, Eskisehir, and Ayvalik to hold a rally to condemn terrorism. Despite extreme hot weather, groups of people marched with Turkish flags in their hands and chanted slogans saying, "Turks and Kurds are brothers. Those who make discrimination are treacherous".
Helicopter of Republican People's Party (CHP) hit a wall while it was trying to change direction after dropping CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal to southern city of Hatay for his party's mass meeting. One of the rotor wings of the helicopter broke off, and some parts of it hit Mubeccel Guner (68) who was standing nearby. Guner later died in hospital. ISTANBUL TO BE 40 DEGREES CELSIUS ON TUESDAY Temperatures, that are above seasonal averages in Istanbul, is expected to be 39-40 degrees celsius on Tuesday.
A woman was killed in the southern city of Hatay on Saturday when she was hit by parts of a broken rotor wing of the helicopter that was carrying main opposition leader Deniz Baykal for a campaign rally. The accident happened as the pilot of the helicopter was trying to take off after dropping Baykal but hit a wall, breaking off parts of one of the rotor wings.
Former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, who is set to run for July 22nd elections as an independent candidate from the northern city of Rize, said on Saturday that in case he got elected for the parliament he would set up a new political party.
The political polarization in Ankara split the think-tanks, government and columnists into two camps in the United States with regards to Turkey. The think-tanks; Brooking Institute and Wilson Center, stress democracy and have a distant attitude towards military's role. Whereas Hudson Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Washington Institute put emphasis on the concern for secularism in Turkey. In the U.S. Department of State there are two different views, those who have a "sympathetic approach" to AK Party and those who "consider a balance with the military." Meanwhile the predictions in Washington are towards AK Party's victory in the elections and establishment of an AK Party government.
70,000 students found "education siblings" in the virtual world, through "Choose Your Sibling" campaign. Education expenses of poor children are met with the campaign, so that they can continue attending school. The target is 1 million siblings. Volunteers who choose brothers or sisters via the website of the campaign (www.kardesinisec.com) contribute to education expenses of that student.
This is PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's answer to the question "will your candidate for the presidency be Abdullah Gul or will the process of determining candidates start over after the general elections?" When asked about FM Gul's candidacy, PM said "Mr. Gul's discretion is important at this point. Mr. Gul is my companion. I will not leave him alone." PM Erdogan pointed out that presidential elections might be deadlocked once more after the general elections, and stated that a second early election is not unlikely. "Of course we will look for reconciliation. However, if there is imposition from the opposition (parties), than there will not be reconciliation" he added.
Sir John Bond started his career as a cleaner in ships. Although he is not a university graduate, first he became the CEO of HSBC and last year Vodafone. Sir John Bond had an interview with VATAN: "Turkey will become one of the most influential countries in the world in 50 years." He has two advices for his young fellows in Turkey, "found your own business or work in a big company even though the wages are low. Be among the ones that voice the solution, not the problem."
Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal, who addressed the citizens in southern city of Hatay within the scope of his election campaign, reacted against the statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he said, "give me 370 MPs otherwise there will be crisis." Baykal said Erdogan was trying to get votes by threatening people, and noted that, "you could not understand this nation yet. This nation will not be deterred by such threats."
Citizens condemned terrorism in rallies that were held throughout Turkey including Istanbul, Zonguldak, Adana, and Mersin. Some citizens chanted slogans against the government while passing through the Justice & Development (AK) Party's provincial chairmanship office.
Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation (IKSV) Chairman Bulent Eczacibasi presented Sir John Tavener, the greatest living British composer, with lifetime achievement award. "The Beautiful Names of Allah," a 70-minute piece which Tavener composed on inspiration by Islamic philosophy, was performed on Saturday night at Istanbul's Hagia Irene.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said nobody will have the power to split Turkey as long as the nation stands hand in hand. "We will act in unity and integrity. We will progress with the principle of one nation, one flag and one state. We will not allow those who want to divide us," Erdogan said.
Russian Consul General in Istanbul Aleksander Krivenko said, "economic relations between Turkey and Russia boost. Russia considers Turkey not a rival country but a successful partner." "Turkey is also a very important country for us because it has historical and cultural ties with the Central Asian states," he remarked.
European Union reached consensus on a "mini-agreement" after the difficult summit that lasted till morning yesterday. Turkey will not be invited to the negotiations of the new text. The mini agreement will replace the constitution that was turned down ny France and the Netherlands. An intergovernmental conference will be organized at the end of July for the new agreement, however candidate countries will not be allowed to participate in this conference. Turkey has attended the meetings during which EU Constitution was prepared as an observer for two years.
A second pipeline will be built in Black Sea after the Blue Stream that carries Russian natural gas to Turkey. Italian energy company ENI that was among the partners of Blue Stream signed natural gas pipeline agreement with Russian Gazprom. A 900 km line that goes below Black Sea will go to Bulgaria and than will reach north and south Europe.
Turkey's chief European Union negotiator Ali Babacan sounded confident Saturday over the country's democracy and economy, saying that political debates which had been going on for the last two couple of months would soon settle down. "No need to worry, law and democracy will always prevail as Turkey has no other options to follow," Babacan told a gala dinner of a Turkish-German economic conference in Istanbul. "One might predict that developments over the last few months would have shaken Turkey's economic indicators but that is not the actual case because everyone knows that common sense will prevail and democracy will win in the end," Babacan said.
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