PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN MEETS WITH RECTORS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with rectors of 74 universities at Istanbul's historical Dolmabahce Palace. During the 5.5-hour meeting, Prime Minister Erdogan told rectors that terrorism claimed tens of thousands of lives in Turkey. "We also wasted a great deal of our energy because of terrorism. Now, our people wants to see ink instead of blood. We have to concentrate our energy in scientific efforts," he said.
"WE ARE PARTNERS"
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Trade & Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid told the Turkiye daily that Turkey and Egypt were not rivals, but partners. He called on Turkish businessmen to invest in his country. He added that Egypt wanted to further increase its trade volume with Turkey which is currently standing at 4 billion USD.
JEWISH LOBBY THANKS TURKEY
The Jewish lobby in the United States thanked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for assisting Israel in extinguishing a major fire in Haifa city. Earlier in the week, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also thanked Erdogan for extending a helping hand. Turkey sent two fire fighting airplanes to Israel to help in extinguishing the Haifa fire.
COST OF RED MEAT 16 TL BUT SELLS FOR 25 TL, AGRICULTURE MINISTER EKER SAYS
Turkish Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker said that the cost of red meat was 16 TL per kilogram but it sold for 25 TL in the Turkish market. "Such a price of red meat is unfair. Despite measures taken, the price of red meat is still too high," Eker said.
NO OBSTACLE FOR KURDOLOGY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with rectors of universities at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace. He said at the meeting that departments of Kurdish language and literature would be opened at many universities soon. "There are no obstacles in front of these any longer," he said.
ATHENS APPROVES TEMPORARY MOSQUE
Greece has found a temporary solution for the construction of a mosque in its capital city Athens. Preparatory works are underway to build a small mosque in the area of Eleona until a big mosque is constructed in Athens.
DO NOT BLAME THE ENVOY
Ross Wilson, former ambassador of the United States in Ankara whose name was included in the secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by whistle-blowing internet site Wikileaks, told the Vatan daily that diplomats did what they had to do. He said that diplomats wrote reports about different thoughts in a society in order to contribute to the United States' efforts to develop its policy.
EVACUATION FROM PLANE
Fire alarm in cargo section of a Turkish Airlines (THY) plane bound from Istanbul to Bangkok caused panic among passengers. Emergency exit gates were opened to evacuate 284 passengers and 14 crew members. 30 people were slightly injured because of panic among passengers during the evacuation. Fire-fighting teams could not find any traces of fire during their search in the plane. Passengers left for Bangkok by another plane after a nine-hour delay.
ISTANBUL BECOMES WORLD'S MOST DYNAMIC CITY
Istanbul was ranked first among the world's most dynamic cities in a report published by the Brookings Institution, one of the leading think-tank organizations in the United States. The report indicated that Istanbul's economy grew by 5.5 percent and employment rate increased by 7.3 percent between 2009 and 2010.
It was revealed that an important part of the working and retired population tried to live with a salary below the poverty line. Labor and Social Security Minister Omer Dincer confessed that 16.5 million working people received salaries below the poverty line.
ANKARA'S EYES ON ISRAEL
Turkey watches Israel closely after Israel saw Turkey's assistance in extinguishing the Haifa fire as an opportunity to repair relations. Ankara believes that a wrong step by Israel would close doors again for a good relation.
ANKARA UNIVERSITY'S POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY CELEBRATES 151ST ANNIVERSARY
Ankara University's Political Science Faculty, or Mulkiye, celebrated its 151st anniversary on Saturday. A ceremony took place at the university to celebrate Mulkiye's 151st anniversary.
Police in Istanbul tried to stop a group of students who were protesting a meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and rectors of universities, by using tear-gas and clubs. During the demonstration, police detained 34 students.
FIRE PANIC ON THY PLANE
Passengers were evacuated from a Turkish Airlines (THY) plane after a fire alarm. The Boeing 777-300ER plane bound from Istanbul to Bangkok, was preparing to take off from the Ataturk Airport at 00:35 a.m. with 284 passengers and 14 crew members on board when pilots received a fire alarm in the cargo section. Emergency exit gates were opened to evacuate passengers. 30 people were slightly injured because of panic among passengers during the evacuation. Fire-fighting teams could not find any traces of fire during their search in the plane. Passengers left for Bangkok in another plane after a nine-hour delay.
BEST WINES OF TURKEY
A jury of six wine experts tasted Turkish wines with their eyes closed. Here are Turkey's best wines according to the jury:
White: Pamukkale Anfora Chardonnay Reserve 2007
Rose: Doluca Verano Cabarnet Sauvignon Okuzgozu 2009
Red: Corvus Blend No.: 3 2006
IF YOU TRAVEL TO ISTANBUL...
In a news story published on Istanbul, the Wall Street Journal daily advised its readers to visit various sites in the city. The newspaper said that Asssk Cafe was a great location for a romantic date, Sade Kahve a nice location for breakfast by the sea, Ismet Baba a perfect location for appetizers, Galerist an ideal location for local arts, Pano the right location for drinking wine and Pierre Loti Cafe a good location for nargileh.
20 MILLION TURKS UNDER CYBER THREAT
20 million Turks using Facebook and MSN Messenger services are under cyber threat. Thousands of people are faced with false accounts. Turkish Police receives dozens of complaints on a daily basis.
TURKISH EXPORTS REACH 112.2 BLN USD AS OF DECEMBER 2, CAGLAYAN SAYS
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said Friday that Turkish exports in 2010 have reached a value of 112.2 billion USD as of December 2. On the first two days of December, Turkey's exports were worth 708 million USD, Caglayan also said.
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