TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 9

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 9, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 9

TURKIYE
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TURKEY POISED TO PRODUCE OWN OIL
Over 30 Turkish and foreign companies are drilling more than 400 points in Turkey to explore oil in a country which is a neighbor to the world's largest oil and gas-rich region. Turkish companies are conducting exploration efforts in the sea in Mediterranean and the Black Sea while foreign companies drilled in eastern, southeastern and northwestern Turkey.

PREMIER CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF OPPOSITION LEADER OVER REMARKS INSULTING MILITARY
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday urged prosecutors to launch a probe against Suheyl Batum, a senior politician with the opposition Republican People's Party, for insulting the Turkish Armed Forces. "What needs to be done has to be done. This cannot go unpunished. If it does, they will start playing with the TSK just like a soccer ball," Erdogan told his Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmakers at parliament. Batum has likened the TSK to "tigers made out of paper."

ZAMAN
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2010 YEAR OF RECORD IN INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT
Turkey's Statistics Authority, TurkStat, said that industrial output in Turkey in 2010 reached a record figure and was up 13.1 percent when compared to the previous year. In December alone, industrial output was up 16.9 percent when compared to the same month in the previous year.

TRACES OF OIL FOUND IN BLACK SEA
Turkey wishes to become self-sufficient in oil production by the year 2023 when the country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic. While no oil was found in wells dug off the coast of Sinop, traces of oil were found off Surmene in the Black Sea.

YENI SAFAK
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INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT LEAPS UP
Industrial output, which is the indicator of economic growth, pursued its continuous rise for 13 months. Industrial output increased 16.9 percent in December 2010 when compared to the same period of 2009.

IT IS AN LPG, NOT A BOMB
An explosion happened in a filling station in Baglar district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir due to gas compression in an LPG canister. 14 people were injured in the explosion which turned the station and a nearby market into a ruin.

BONES BELONG TO TERRORISTS
Gendarmery Command General stated that the bones, which were unearthed in an excavation in Mutki town of the southeastern province of Bitlis, belonged to 17 terrorists who were killed in several clashes in 1999, not to the victims of unsolved murders.

VATAN
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ASSANGE FAN OF GALATASARAY
It is revealed that Julian Assange, who stirred up the world with WikiLeaks documents, is a fan of Turkish soccer team Galatasaray. Assange went to a Turkish restaurant "Efes 2" in London and watched the game between Galatasaray and another Turkish team Eskisehirspor. Assange said, "I like Turkish food very much. And I also closely follow Galatasaray."

RECORD IN INDUSTRY
Industrial output, which is the leading indicator of economic growth, exceeded the expectations and rose 16.3 percent in December, 2010. When it speeded up in the fourth quarter, the growth projection also increased to eight percent.

DINK MYSTERY
Inconsistent statements confused minds in the case about assassination of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink. Interior Minister Besir Atalay denied the news that an investigation was launched against public officials who had negligence in the investigation of Dink assassination.

CUMHURIYET
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U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN TURKEY
U.S. aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on Tuesday docked in the southwestern Turkish bay of Marmaris amidst strict security measures. A group of Turkish students protested the carrier's presence in Marmaris.

U.S. SENATORS DID NOT WANT TURKEY
Four Republican senators of the U.S. proposed that NATO's missile shield should be placed in Georgia rather than Turkey. The senators argued that Turkey did not want to share information with Israel and, as such, the missile shield should be placed in Georgia.

RADIKAL
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ANKARA PROSECUTOR ASKS FOR SEIZURE OF UNIVERSITY FOR FINANCIAL FRAUD
A prosecutor in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has reportedly asked Turkey's higher education board, to seize the Baskent University, the founder of which, Mehmet Haberal, is a suspect in the case over the alleged Ergenekon criminal network. The prosecutor's charges reportedly include illegal transaction of funds worth as high as 22 million Turkish liras from the Baskent University to Haberal's TV station, Kanal B, as well as to other companies. Haberal has allegedly made a false statement of income, concealing a monthly salary of 112 thousand TL. The prosecutor also charges Haberal of funding his private bank loans with the university resources.

LOAN FOR TURKISH COMPANIES OPERATING IN EGYPT
Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan said the Turkish Eximbank would provide $25 million in loans to each Turkish company in Egypt which had been cut off from their progress payments due to political turmoil in the country. 

HURRIYET
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PROSECUTOR MIGHT LAUNCH FRESH PROBE OVER SLAIN TURKISH-ARMENIAN JOURNALIST
An Istanbul prosecutor has been reportedly scrutinizing the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink to decide if a fresh probe was called for after Europe's top human rights court ruled that Turkish state officials had failed to prevent the murder and to carry out an effective investigation process after the killing. Nearly 30 Turkish officials might face charges if the Istanbul prosecutor opts to go for a new probe. Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay on Tuesday said such a probe had yet to be launched.

PREMIER CALLS ON FOR PROSECUTION OF OPPOSITION FIGURE OVER ALLEGED INSULT ON TURKISH MILITARY
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday appealed to prosecutors, calling them to launch an investigation against Suheyl Batum, a senior figure with the opposition Republican People's Party, for insulting the Turkish Armed Forces. "They have pulled down that huge military, which turned out to be made of paper, actually. We believed them to be true soldiers. But apparently, the United States has made it hollow inside. They knocked that big tree down," Batum said in his controversial remark.

MILLIYET
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PENALTY OF CUTTING TREES REDUCES
There are many controversial topics in the draft law of Justice Ministry. The new draft law envisages an administrative fine between 250 Turkish lira (TL) and 2,000 TL to people who cut trees. Whereas, the current law gives three months of imprisonment and 30,000 TL heavy fine for the same crime.

13 INJURED IN EXPLOSION IN MARKET
An explosion happened in a market in Baglar district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir due to gas compression in an LPG canister. 13 people were injured in the explosion. It would be a disaster, if the nearby fuel oil filling station had been influenced by the explosion. Diyarbakir Governor Mustafa Toprak said that it was not a terrorist attack.

SABAH
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ERDOGAN MOST LIKED STATESMAN OF REGION
Pulitzer prize winner journalist Seymour Hersh made important remarks about the Middle East and Turkey's future. Hersh said that the balances in the Middle East had changed and that Turkey had a special status. "The United States conducted a research in 10 countries and found out that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most liked statesman in the region," Hersh said. "The fact that Erdogan is the most liked statesman in North Africa and the Middle East is a devastating process for the U.S. and Russia. It is no longer possible to make plans without the presence of Turkey," Hersh added.

17 HOTEL CHAINS COMING TO ISTANBUL
Foreign hotel brands are racing with each other to make use of the tourist potential of Istanbul. 17 hotel chains are about to come to Istanbul soon.

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