UNIVERSIAD TORCH REACHES ERZURUM
The torch of the 8th Winter Universiad which set off from Istanbul on December 8 reached Erzurum. State Minister Faruk Ozak and Chairman of the Sports Clubs Union and President of the Football Federation was also at the city for the ceremony. Fenerbahce's President Aziz Yildirim who carried the torch for a while later handed it over to Galatasaray's President Adnan Polat.
FOUR TRUCKS CARRYING AID TO QANDIL CAUGHT AT BORDER
Three of the four trucks carrying equipments and medical stuff for PKK from the Netherlands was stopped at the Kapikule border gate while the other was stopped at the Habur border gate. Medical material and cell phones wrapped in red and green fabrics were seized in the trucks.
UNIVERSIADE TORCH IN ERZURUM
The 2011 Winter Universiade torch arrived in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum. Turkish State Minister Faruk Nafiz Ozak welcomed the torch, while heads of Turkey's leading sports clubs were also present at the ceremony. Aziz Yildirim, the chairman of Fenerbahce sports club, and Galatasaray's head Adnan Polat carried the Universiade torch.
PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN TO MEET WITH TUSIAD
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the 41st General Assembly of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) as the guest of honor tomorrow. Prior to the referendum held on September 12, 2010, TUSIAD chairperson Umit Boyner had stated that her organization had an "impartial" stance. Upon such statement, Erdogan had said, "Whoever is neutral, will be eliminated".
TWO TURKISH BUSINESS HOLDINGS AMONG WORLD'S "TOP RISING STARS"
Turkey's Sabanci Holding and Koc Holding were named by the Boston Consulting Group among the top 100 business groups in the world that challenges global multinational companies. Sabanci and Koc have made to the top 23 in the "Top Rising Stars" from rapidly developing economies.
BODIES OF TWO MINERS RECOVERED EIGHT MONTHS AFTER ACCIDENT
Search and rescue teams reached to the bodies of two miners who were killed in a blast in a coal mine near the Black Sea province of Zonguldak in May last year. The two miners were trapped 720 meters below the surface when gas explosion ripped off the mine.
TURKISH PREMIER POISED TO MEND TIES WITH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to participate in a meeting of the country's influential Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD). Erdogan eyes to mend relations with the business group, which were strained after the premier's much-debated remarks in the run up to a referendum last September. He said, "declare your stance. If it is no, say 'no.' If it is yes, say 'yes' [...] He who is neutral will be eliminated."
DIVINITY STUDENTS CLEARED FOR CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
Students of Turkey's Divinity High Schools, known as Imam Hatips, will be able to enter police academies under a new amendment to the country's higher education laws. Graduates from Imam Hatips were barred by a law dated back to 2001 from appealing for a career in law enforcement.
Five people including head of the the armed wing of Hizbullah Haci Inan and the head of Hizbullah's Istanbul branch Ilyas Kutluman, who reported into a police station after their release, were taken into custody. Those who disappeared after the release are still at large. Kutluman's niece said his uncle reported in to the police station regularly and initiated procedures at the military recruitment office, and he did not understand why he was taken into custody.
TURKS AND KURDS TO LIVE TOGETHER
A survey conducted at 21 cities, by the "Wise Men Research Center" --which has members such as retired ambassador Ilter Turkmen, former National Intelligence Agency Undersecratary Sonmez Koksal, Supreme Court Honorary President Sami Selcuk and former ministers-- revealed striking results. 86% of Kurds said, they saw the Turkish flag as their own, while 9.9% said the Kurdish problem could only be solved with the foundation of an independent Kurdish state. The number of Zazas who believe so are as low as 5.9%.
STILL ON THE FLOOR
The state followed him for 40 years, however, it also watched his death and did nothing. Four years passed since the killing of journalist Hrant Dink and the murder is still in the dark. Today, those who loved him and people with conscience will commemorate the deceased journalist on the pavement where he was murdered.
FOUR PKK TRUCKS STOPPED AT CUSTOMS
Turkish security forces seized medical and military supplies, electronic devices and PKK flags in four trucks travelling to Iraq via Turkey. The trucks were heading for Mount Qandil. Three of the trucks were stopped at Kapikule, while one was halted at Habur. Numerous documents belonging to terrorist organization PKK, medical tools and supplies, mobile phones, video cameras and other electronic devices were found in the trucks. Officials said the vehicles had departed from the Netherlands and they had been loaded in Germany.
VISA VEAWER PROGRAM WITH RUSSIA TO BEGIN IN APRIL END
"Readmission agreement", the last obstacle before visa free touristic visits between Russia and Turkey, was signed Wednesday in Moscow. Visa free travel will begin April end.
IRAQI GENERALS IN CIA PLANE
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-CIA, apparently, took the 320 high level Iraqi military officers and their families --which it promised to secure a new life in the U.S. before taking down the Saddam regime-- to the U.S. through the Incirlik air base in Adana. Officials who witnessed the events, said the Iraqi military officers, entered Turkey with special permissions and were carried to the Incirlik base in buses where they boarded planes to the U.S. This went on until January 11, when the war began. At that time hundreds of U.S. intelligence operatives from the CIA and Military Intelligence units entered Iraq through Turkey.
"SACK" WOUND NOT TO HEAL FOR A GENERATION
According to several Wikileaks documents, former U.S. ambassador in Ankara Ross Wilson used these words to describe the trauma after the "sack" scandal with Turkish soldiers in Iraq in a 2006-dated cable he sent to Washington. Wilson's message consisted of recommendations for Michael Hague, the U.S. Naval Forces Commander of the time, who was planning to visit Turkey. Wilson said in his message that relations between Turkish and U.S. special forces had probably suffered the greatest loss in the Iraq War. He said U.S. soldiers' detaining Turkish soldiers in Sulaymaniyah and covering their heads with sacks had wounded Turkey's national pride.
TEKIN: WE CAN FORM COALITION WITH ANYBODY
Gursel Tekin, deputy chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said that CHP could form coalition with any party if necessary. Upon a question on whether a coalition with Justice and Development (AK) Party was among options, Tekin said CHP would not leave Turkey abandoned.
TURKISH HEZBOLLAH OPERATIVE UNDER ARREST
A senior operative from Turkish Hezbollah's armed wing and his son were re-arrested on Tuesday just weeks after they were set free from prison under an amendment to Turkey's criminal procedures law which orders for the release of suspects who have stood trial with arrest for over five years. Suspects of the Turkish Hezbollah case were tried for murdering over a hundred people including writer Konca Kuris and Mehmet Sincar. Two senior operatives of the group, Edip Gumus and Cemal Tutar _who were also released from prison after the amendment_ have failed to report in ever since their release to a local police station, a measure to make sure that they do not run away. The two are still at large.
BULGARIA JOINS GREECE TO FENCE BORDER WITH TURKEY
Bulgarian government is planning to build a fence along its 143-km border with Turkey, according to a Bulgarian daily. The Bulgarian fence, similar to what Greece is set to construct along the Turkish border to ward off illegal migration, is aimed at preventing livestock from Turkey to cross into the Bulgarian side.
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