TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 11

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 11, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 11

TURKIYE
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TURKEY LEADER IN GOLD PRODUCTION IN EUROPE
Turkey came first in 2010 in Europe in gold production with a total of 17 tons as producers eye to increase the capacity to 30 tons in 2011. In Turkey, five companies currently produce gold and two others are set to launch soon as recent hikes in gold prices present a lucrative business. Turkey has an estimated 6,500 tons of gold reserves waiting to be explored.

EP COMMITTEE ACCEPTS TURKEY PROGRESS REPORT
European Parliament's (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the Resolution on Turkey's Progress Report 2010 by a vote of 51 against 5 on Thursday. The report says, among others, that headscarf issue in universities in Turkey should be resolved by showing respect to the free will of the Turkish women. The plenary vote on the Turkey Progress Report 2010 is expected in the second week of March.

ZAMAN
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EUROPEAN UNION PRAISES TUSKON
European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Stafan Fule, began his fifth trip to Turkey in a year by visiting the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON). Fule said that TUSKON played a crucial role in economic cooperation between the EU and Turkey.

TOPKAPI PALACE EARNS 30.7 MILLION TL IN A YEAR
In 2010, 11.6 million tourists visited the museums of Istanbul. Istanbul's museums earned a total of around 90 million Turkish liras (TL) in 2010. The Topkapi Palace alone earned 30.7 million TL from ticket sales in 2010.

YENI SAFAK
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EP CALLS ON TURKEY TO SOLVE HEADSCARF ISSUE
European Parliament's (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the Resolution on Turkey's Progress Report 2010 by a vote of 51 against 5 on Thursday. The Committee accepted the amendments proposed on the Turkey Progress Report 2010 with its vote. The progress report was written by the Dutch Christian Democrat Ria Oomen-Ruijten. The report said that headscarf issue in universities should be solved.

TOPBAS EXPLAINS URBAN TRANSFORMATION MODEL
Istanbul Mayor and President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Kadir Topbas delivered a speech at the UN and said, "when countries make their national development plans, urban transformation plans should also be prepared." Topbas had a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and invited him to Istanbul.

VATAN
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TURKEY GROWS BY 8 P.C. IN 2010
Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek announced Turkey's growth figure in 2010 during a trip to the United Arab Emirates. Simsek said that the Turkish economy grew by 8 percent in 2010. In 2011, we expect the Turkish economy to grow by around 5 percent, Simsek added.

TURKISH BUSINESSPEOPLE TO VISIT IRAN WITH PRESIDENT GUL
More than 100 Turkish businesspeople will travel to Iran with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Sunday. At a time when many countries have cut off trade with Iran due to sanctions, Turkish-Iranian commercial relations are going through a golden period. Turkish and Iranian authorities expect the bilateral trade volume to go up to 30 billion USD soon.

CUMHURIYET
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ONE PERSON KILLED, NINE OTHERS MISSING IN COAL FIELD COLLAPSE
One person was killed and nine others were still missing after a collapse in a coal field near a thermic power plant in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaras. The collapse at the coal production area in the Afsin-Elbistan was second in just four days.

TURKEY COURT CLEARS STUDENT FROM CHARGES OVER PROTESTING EU MINISTER
A court in the Turkish capital, Ankara, acquitted a university student who stood trial for hurling eggs at the country's EU affairs minister, Egemen Bagis. The court said throwing eggs is not defined by the Turkish laws as a crime. Prosecutors demanded a prison term of up to two years and four months for the student, Nihal Carikci.

RADIKAL
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YEMEN CALLS ON TURKISH BUSINESSMEN TO INVEST
Yemen's Deputy Minister of Tourism Omar Babelghaeth said that there were important projects in Yemen and called on Turkish businessmen to invest in his country. Yemen is the "guest country" of the 15th East Mediterranean Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT) held in Istanbul. Babelghaeth said that they were working on projects for construction of six holiday villages in different places in Yemen.

MUBARAK NOT RESIGN
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak handed all powers of presidency to his vice president, but he did not leave his post. Protestors in central Cairo waved their shoes in contempt and shouted, "leave, leave, leave."

HURRIYET
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NEW AMBASSADOR TO TRNC
Turkey replaced its ambassador in Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) where banners against Turkey were carried during protests. Halil Ibrahim Akca, who is serving as head of Turkey's office for financial grants, would replace Turkish ambassador in Lefkosa Kaya Turkmen, a statement said on Thursday morning. It was a surprising development for Turkish Cypriots. The development comes amid tension between Turkey and Turkish Cyprus following a January 28 protest in TRNC. Turkish Cypriot trade unions participating in the demonstration unfurled banners against the Turkish government.

ELECTIONS IN JUNE OPPORTUNITY FOR TURKISH PEOPLE
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli said that the parliamentary election scheduled to be held in June 2011 would be an important opportunity for Turkish people. Addressing the people in Polatli town of Ankara, Bahceli said, "AK Party should have rest."

KILICDAROGLU: "YOU SHOULD THINK AGAIN BEFORE SIGNING"
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that President Abdullah Gul should think again before signing the bill on structure of Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State.

MILLIYET
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ANKARA RELIEVES TOP DIPLOMAT IN TURKISH CYPRUS, APPOINTS NEW ONE
Turkey on Thursday said it had relieved its ambassador to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The move came amid heightened tensions between the two countries after a protest late last month when a group of Turkish Cypriot demonstrators marched against an Ankara-backed austerity plan and chanted slogans against Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ambassador Kaya Turkmen was replaced by Halil Ibrahim Akca, head of a Turkish committee that coordinates economic aid for the TRNC.

AL JAZEERA NEW OWNER OF CINE 5
Turkey's savings deposit insurance fund on Thursday approved Al Jazeera's offer to pay $40.5 million to buy seized national TV station, CINE 5. Al Jazeera's initial offer for the TV channel was $21 million in the first round of the tender. The Arabic network's offer still needs separate approvals from Turkey's competition and broadcasting authorities.

SABAH
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BDP: WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WEAPONS
Chairman of opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Selahattin Demirtas, said that they did not receive directives from head of terrorist organization PKK Abdullah Ocalan who is staying in Imrali prison. "We have nothing to do with weapons. If the BDP will end with the end of the (Kurdish) problem, then so be it," Demirtas said.

EP REPORT TOUCHES ON ISSUE OF HEADSCARF
European Parliament's (EP) Committee on Foreign Relations decided to add remarks to a Progress Report on Turkey about the end of a ban on headscarves in Turkish universities. The remarks were added and amendments made after Emine Bozkurt of the EP Socialist Group said that the political parties in Turkey had to find a solution to the issue of headscarves in universities based on the free choice of women.

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