COLD WEATHER AT WEEKEND
Temperatures will drop dramatically across Turkey as of Saturday. There will be snow and snowstorm in several regions in the country at the weekend. There will be mixture of rain and snow in Istanbul, meteorology officials said.
BAGIS CRITICIZES SARKOZY
Turkish State Minister and chief negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis criticized French President Nicolas Sarkozy who said that they did not want 70 million Muslims within the EU. Bagis said that Turkey must be a full member of the EU due to such a mentality. "Turkey is an effective medicine against sick minds of Europe," he said.
LAW TO PROTECT JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS
The parliament has taken action in an effort to implement a regulation that will remove the pressure over judges in the cases they proceed. According to the draft law that will provide a certain assurance to judges, no compensation cases will be filed against judges and prosecutors unless the investigations or cases conducted by them are concluded. The regulation will also be applicable for the cases in process.
GILANI: WE ARE PROUD OF TURKEY'S DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS
Pakistan's Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani arrived in Turkey on an official visit yesterday. In an exclusive interview with Zaman daily, Gilani said Pakistan was thankful to Turkey for its support to the victims of the recent flood in the country.
"We support Turkey's EU membership process. It will be an important bridge between the West and the East. We are proud of Turkey's development and progress," Gilani said.
TURKEY INSISTENT ON APOLOGY FROM ISRAEL OVER DEADLY RAID
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left unanswered a request by Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to improve relations which has seen a historic low after Israel's deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid convoy as Turkey presses on its demand for an official apology and redress from the Israeli government. Erdogan and Netanyahu held a telephone conversation last Friday after Turkey sent two fire-fighting planes to Israel. Netanyahu thanked Erdogan for the planes and he reportedly asked twice to improve relations. Erdogan remained silent to both requests.
RENAULT-TURKEY TO EXPORT ELECTRIC CAR TO FRANCE FIRST
Turkish carmaker Oyak Renault will begin exporting electric version of its Fluence saloon car to first France in 2011. Oyak Renault first introduced its Fluence Z.E. concept electric version at Frankfurt Auto Show last year. The carmaker has already began manufacturing the electric car at its plant in the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa. The new electric car will also be exported to Denmark and Portugal.
LEAKED U.S. CABLE NAMES THREE TURKISH COMPANIES ON NATIONAL SECURITY VITALS LIST
A document published by Wikileaks which shows a list of compounds, facilities and places considered vital for U.S. national security includes three Turkish companies that manufacture heavy machinery. The three companies -- Emaksan, Baykal, and Durmazlar in the northwestern province of Bursa -- produce giant metal processing machines. The list also includes the Turkish Straits and the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline.
TURKISH PRESIDENT VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE
Turkish President Abdullah Gul expressed strong support for Palestine during a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in the Turkish capital, Ankara. "An independent Palestinian state will be founded on its own soil and it will last," Gul said. The Turkish president also made a warning over the status of Jerusalem, saying the city had housed different religions for thousands of years. "Efforts to change the identity of Jerusalem must be halted," he said.
EVERBODY IN AK PARTY KNOWS
Abdullatif Sener, chairperson of Turkey Party, called on Turkish prosecutors and parliament to take action regarding the allegations in Wikileaks documents. Sener, who was the deputy premier of the time, said that the documents could not be considered non-sensical statements of foreign diplomats. "These are cryptos reported following a diplomatic filtration. Each of the documents constitute a piece of evidence. They should definitely be taken into consideration. There are lots of similar documents," he said.
Sener also said that, during his term of office, ministers and deputies had been talking about such allegations. "I can even say that there was not a single person who had not heard about them," he noted.
CELIKKOL FORMULA TO "APOLOGY"
During the talks in Geneva, ways to meet Turkey's apology and compensation demands after the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship have been discussed, sources said. If parties reach a consensus, Israel will apologize to the families of the victims of the attack.
THREE CRITICAL COMPANIES
WikiLeaks released a new document including companies, energy sites and places vital to the interests of the United States. It includes Istanbul Strait, Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline and three Turkish companies. These three companies Baykal, Durmazlar and Ermaksan are operating in the defense industry in the northwestern province of Bursa.
TOBB SENDS FIVE TRUCKLOADS OF AID TO PALESTINIAN STUDENTS
The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) has sent five truckloads of aid to Palestine in an effort to help Palestinian students aged between 6 and 11. A ceremony took place at Ankara's Swiss Hotel with the participation of President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine. TOBB Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said the aid would be sent to Gaza and West Bank. Abbas said that Turkish people exerted great efforts for Palestinian people.
TURKISH AND ISRAELI OFFICIALS MEET IN GENEVA
The second meeting in the process between Israel and Turkey which began after a big fire in Israel took place in Geneva on Monday morning. Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's special representative Yosef Ciechanover in Geneva. If an agreement is reached between the two countries, Turkey will send an ambassador to Tel Aviv.
THREE IMPORTANT TURKISH COMPANIES FOR U.S.
WikiLeaks released a list including companies and energy sites vital to interests of the United States. The list begins with a cobalt mine in Kinshasa, Congo and refers to various locations in Europe. It said that straits in Turkey and Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline are among important factors for the United States. The cable also refers to Turkish metal producer companies Durma, Baykal and Ermaksan.
OTTOMAN UNION OF NATIONS
Washington Post wrote that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said "Turkey could become a union of nations just like Britain's union with its former colonies". Hasan Celal Guzel, who defended the same opinion in a 2008-dated article, had used the headline "Ottoman Union of Nations" in his piece.
Washington Post's Jackson Diehl prepared a detailed analysis on Turkey in the light of the documents released by the web-site Wikileaks. Diehl also included extracts from an interview with Minister Davutoglu in his article. According to Diehl, Davutoglu said, "Britain and its former colonies is like a union of nations. Why shall not Turkey establish a similar leadership again on the former Ottoman territory covering the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia?".
BACKYARD OF FATAL EXPERIMENTS
Vanity Fair has listed the countries that are preferred by U.S. pharmaceutical companies to stage critical experiments due to restrictive legal regulations in USA. Turkey is also included in the magazine's list.
According to an article to be published in January edition of the magazine, drug companies carry out their experiments in other countries if they cannot get an approval in USA showing that their drugs will be helpful to patients. Turkey, Morocco and Romania are among the countries mostly preferred by the U.S. firms.
TURKISH PRESIDENT HOSTS PALESTINIAN COUNTERPART
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday met with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the Cankaya Presidential Residence in the Turkish capital of Ankara. "Everyone should recognize Palestine as we did. And Israel must quit settlement construction," Gul told reporters during a joint press appearance with Abbas.
TURKISH, ISRAELI DIPLOMATS REPORTEDLY AGREE OVER APOLOGY FOR DEADLY AID CONVOY RAID
Turkish and Israeli diplomats have reportedly reached an agreement on how the Israeli state will make an apology for its raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy last May that killed eight Turks and a U.S.-Turkish citizen. Accordingly, Israel will not make an official apology to the Turkish state but it will express sadness to the Turkish public opinion and relatives of the victims. Israel will pay compensation to relatives of the victims, not to the Turkish government.
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