TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 14

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 14, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 14

TURKIYE
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ONLY NATION WILL SHUT UP MY VOICE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing the Parliament on the new budget, stated that election economy fell into disuse from now on. "Turkey paid a serious cost for this. Justice & Development (AK) Party makes a clean copy of politics. It has re-ensured confidence in politics and rehabilitated politics," Erdogan said.
Speaking against the opposition who wanted to stop his speech, Erdogan said, "we get our strength from the nation. Nobody can shut up our voice."

WE HAVE A VOICE IN THE WORLD FROM NOW ON
Turkey assumed critical roles in important organizations like the United Nations and NATO. Tens of Turks were assigned in international organizations following the efforts of Turkey in the recent years.
Engin Soysal, UN special envoy to Pakistan, Huseyin Dirioz, the second name of NATO, and Secretary General of OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu were only some of those names.

ZAMAN
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LUXURY CARS SELL LIKE PAN CAKES
While auto sales in Europe dropped by 10 percent in 2010, auto sales in Turkey are about to reach record figures. Experts believe that the auto industry in Turkey will sell 750,000 vehicles by the end of the year. Hundreds of customers in Turkey have given orders for luxury cars and are waiting for them.

MINISTRY OF ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES TO KEEP TRACK OF GAS PRICES
Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz, held a meeting with energy experts in Ankara on Monday to discuss increasing gas prices in Turkey. The meeting did not bring any decline in gas prices. However, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources decided to keep a track of gas prices. Turkish customers use Europe's most expensive gas and pay around 4 TL per litre of gas.

YENI SAFAK
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DOCUMENT REVEALS FLEET COMMANDER BEHIND ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA
A document allegedly obtained at a navy base in Golcuk revealed that it was Admiral Alaettin Sevim -- the Aegean Sea Regional commander -- who ordered to Colonel Dursun Cicek to hatch a plot to besmirch the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Fethullah Gulen congregation. Cicek was probed for allegedly drafting the anti-government propaganda document and forensic experts have proved that the signature on the document was of Cicek's own handwriting.

ISRAELI PREMIER SAYS NO APOLOGY OR REDRESS FOR DEADLY RAID ON AID CONVOY
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday denied news reports that his country had agreed to make an official apology to Turkey and pay compensation to the relatives of the victims of a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Israeli military radio cited Netanyahu as telling his Likud lawmakers that negotiations aimed to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis with Turkey continued, stressing that negotiations focused on preventing the prosecution of Israeli soldiers.
 

VATAN
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UNEMPLOYED TO RECEIVE A SALARY OF 1,500 TL
Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security is working on improving conditions for the unemployed. Accordingly, an unemployed individual in Turkey would receive up to 1,500 TL as salary per month.

GOVERNMENT TAKES A STEP BACK IN TEXAS LAW
The Turkish government is planning to take a step back in a draft law that was to bring the age of owning a gun down to 18. A senior Justice and Development (AK) Party official said that those parts of the draft law that attracted criticisms from the public will be deleted.

CUMHURIYET
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PETA GIRLS IN TAKSIM
PETA activists coming from the United States launched a protest in Taksim Square together with animal rights defenders in Turkey against fur.
PETA activists, who painted their naked bodies with leopard pattern, carried placards saying, "only animals should have furs" and called on sensitive people to give up wearing fur and leather.

RECORD RISE IN CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT
Turkey's current account deficit, which had 332 million USD surplus in October 2009, has 3.6 billion USD surplus in the same month in 2010.
Current account deficit rose to 288 percent in January-October period in 2010 over the same period of last year and amounted to 35.7 billion USD.

RADIKAL
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TWO GENDARMERIE OFFICERS UNDER CUSTODY IN DRUG GANG BUST
Police in Istanbul on Monday arrested two gendarmerie officers alongside six people for their alleged involvement in a drug ring. The two gendarmerie officers were alleged to have facilitated the smuggling of illegal drugs from Iraq into Turkey and out of the country to Europe. Drugs seized in yesterday's operation is estimated to worth some 1.7 million euro.

FOREIGN TRADE MINISTER BRINGS TOGETHER TURKISH-NIGERIAN BUSINESSPEOPLE
Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan on Monday addressed a meeting of the Turkish-Nigerian Business Forum, bringing together businesspeople from the two countries. Caglayan offered barter of Turkish export goods for Nigerian oil and he said the two countries could cooperate in the sectors of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. "There are three very important areas that you can do business at such as chemicals, oil, pharmaceuticals, construction, food, textiles and ready-wear," Caglayan said.
 

HURRIYET
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TURKISH FINMIN DEFENDS 2011 BUDGET, SAYS IT IS NOT ELECTION-ORIENTED
Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Monday the government has prepared the 2011 budget with an eye to maintain strict financial discipline as he sought to give assurances that there would be no spending spree ahead of of next year's general elections. "This is a budget of stability. Like the past years' budgets, 2011 budget is in line with financial discipline rules," Simsek told Turkish lawmakers in a general budgetary debate at the parliament.

BESIKTAS SIGNS VALENCIA MIDFIELDER
Turkey's Besiktas soccer team sealed a deal with Valancia's Portuguese mid-fielder Manuel Fernandes in a move to back up the squad to show a higher profile at the Champions League. "I am looking forward to meeting Besiktas fans," Fernandes said upon his arrival in Istanbul on Monday. Besiktas is also close to reach an agreement to transfer two other Portuguese players, Simao Sabrosa and Hugo Almeida.

MILLIYET
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HEROIN CACHE IN MILITARY LODGING
Narcotics teams, acting on a tip off that a large amount of heroin brought from Iran would be transported to Europe, stopped a truck in Beylikduzu district in Istanbul. A total of 155 kg of heroin was found hidden in the truck. Following the operation, 7 people including non-commissioned officer Ahmet T. working in Black Sea province of Zonguldak and specialist sergeant Cetin D. working in Istanbul were detained in connection with the haul.
Police raided houses of those people and impounded 20 kg of heroin in the house of Cetin D. in the military lodging in Halkali district in Istanbul. It was reported that this heroin was stolen and the non-commissioned officer and the specialist sergeant were trying to ensure safe passage of the vehicles carrying the heroin.

THIS FONT WILL ATTRACT VISITORS TO AYASOFYA
During the restoration works in Ayasofya in Istanbul, world's known biggest font was brought into daylight. The font was belonging to the 6th century early Christianity. The external length of the font is 3.32 meters, its external width is 2.52 cm and its depth is 1.16 meters.
Director of the museum Haluk Dursun said the font will increase number of tourists vising the museum.
This font does not have any other example in the world.

SABAH
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KIGILI TO OPEN STORE IN IRBIL
Men's ready-to-wear company Kigili will open its first store in Iraq on Wednesday. Kigili's store will be opened in the city of Irbil. The Irbil store will be Kigili's 185th store in the world.

DOGAN GROUP TO WITHDRAW FROM MEDIA SECTOR
Turkey's Dogan Group is making preparations to sell all of its affiliates in the media sector. The group said that they were receiving offers for Hurriyet daily.
 

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