TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 31

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 31, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 31

TURKIYE
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COUNTRIES QUEUE UP FOR TOKI
Turkey's Housing Development Administration (TOKI), which has constructed 471,000 residences and founded cities without using any public funds, has become a role model for the world. TOKI, which turns the dreams of the poor into reality thanks to its residential projects, cannot fit in the borders of Turkey anymore. In the last one year, a total of 11 countries, including USA, France and Italy, have examined TOKI projects, while numerous countries have offered to cooperate or become partners with the institution.

OBAMA CALLS ERDOGAN FOR EGYPT
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at midnight to discuss the turmoil in Egypt. Obama said it was important to assess the developments with Erdogan whom he described as the leader of a powerful country like Turkey.

ZAMAN
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OBAMA PHONES ERDOGAN OVER EGYPT: YOUR VIEWS ARE IMPORTANT FOR US
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the other night over the recent developments in Egypt. The two leaders shared the same belief that security forces in Egypt should not use violence against the people and that instability in Egypt would harm regional countries.

TURKISH POLICE TO TRAIN TURKISH CYPRIOT POLICE OFFICERS
Turkish Police Department currently trains many police officers from various countries worldwide. After receiving a request from the Police Department of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Turkish Police will soon begin training Turkish Cypriot police officers in the fight against crime.

YENI SAFAK
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"OUR PRIORITY IS STABILITY"
State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said at the Davos Summit that Turkey's priority was to maintain stability. "We envisage a reasonable growth rate of 4.5 percent for 2011. And that growth rate is higher than the figures in the European Union-member states," he said. Babacan added that judicial reform would add momentum to inflow of foreign capital to Turkey.

TURKEY SENDS FIVE PLANES TO EGYPT
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Turkish Airlines (THY) sent five more planes to evacuate Turkish citizens from Egypt after street protest left many people dead and many others injured.
 

VATAN
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SECURITY FORCES IMPOUND 170 KG OF HEROIN
Security forces impounded 170 kg of heroin in Gebze town of the northwestern province of Kocaeli. Acting on a tip-off, security forces stopped and searched a lorry which was on its way from Iraq to Istanbul. During the search, they seized 170 kg of heroin stashed in 323 packages with the help of two sniffer dogs. Driver of the vehicle was detained.

PREMIER MEETS WITH GHOST RIDER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Academy award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, who is currently in Turkey filming the sequel to "Ghost Rider". During the meeting, Prime Minister Erdogan asked him whether he had seen Istanbul. Cage told the premier that he wanted to visit both Istanbul and Konya since he was particularly curious about the Sufi lifestyle.

CUMHURIYET
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WE CANNOT BE AK PARTY'S WALK-ON ACTOR
Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies resigned from Turkish parliament's Justice Commission as the commission was debating a regulation on the structure of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State the other day. The regulation was approved by the remaining members of the commission who were Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies. Accusing their counterparts from AK Party, CHP deputies said that studies conducted by the commission after their resignation should be regarded null.
Commenting on the incident, CHP chairperson Kemal Kilicdaroglu noted that AK Party considered CHP members as "walk-on actors". Kilicdaroglu said Justice Commission could not take any decisions without its members from CHP. "If they do, it will be unconstitutional," he said.

ERDOGAN: WHERE DID THIS CALL FOR RESISTANCE COME FROM?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized CHP's recent call for resistance and said that the opposition party should make an explanation on the matter. Erdogan also reiterated that CHP's call for "resistance" against the amendments the government desired to implement in Turkey's judiciary system was an act of "banditry".

RADIKAL
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OBAMA PHONES ERDOGAN FOR JOINT ACTION IN REGION
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday morning and asked Erdogan for joint action in the region following the developments in Egypt and Tunisia. Diplomatic sources said that Erdogan welcomed Obama's proposal and that the two leaders will display a joint attitude vis-a-vis the regional developments.

FIRST STEP TOWARDS LOCAL AUTOMOBILE
15 manufacturers have established a committee for the production of a local automobile in Turkey. A report to be prepared by the committee will be submitted to Turkish Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun by summer.
 

HURRIYET
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BBC TO SHOOT A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT TURKISH PREMIER
The United Kingdom's BBC will shoot a documentary film about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The documentary is expected to be on air before the parliamentary election in Turkey this summer. It will focus on Prime Minister Erdogan's active role in the Middle East. BBC asked for video footage from Erdogan's speeches at rallies held before the referendum on September 12.

OBAMA PHONES ERDOGAN
U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Obama said that he attached importance to exchange views with Erdogan as prime minister of Turkey, which has powerful democracy traditions in the region. The Prime Ministry Office said Turkish and U.S. leaders expressed agreement that legitimate and democratic rights of the region's peoples needed to be met. The two leaders joined in concern over use of force against the region's people, adding that developments in the countries of the region risked instabilities to go deeper and wider. Erdogan and Obama would continue to be in "closer contact" about future developments.

ERDOGAN MEETS WITH CAGE
Prime Minister Recep tayyip Erdogan met with Academy award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, who is currently in Turkey filming the sequel to "Ghost Rider". During the meeting, Cage told the premier that he was particularly curious about the Sufi lifestyle.

MILLIYET
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EGYPT CALL TO ERDOGAN
U.S. President Barack Obama, who closely follows the developments in Egypt and Tunisia, had a phone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the other night. According to a statement released by the Turkish prime ministry, Obama called Erdogan to discuss the developments. The statement said both officials agreed that "democratic rights of nations of the region should be met".

HISTORY BURSTS OUT OF SOIL IN DENIZLI
A shrine, known as one of the 7 most sacred churches of Christianity, has been unearthed during the excavations conducted in the Laodicea ancient city of the western Denizli province. Turkish Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said that the baptismal font found in the church was more impressive than the font in Hagia Sophia both in terms of ornaments and structure.

SABAH
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DIASPORA MOVING TO TURKEY
Improvement in political relations between Turkey and Armenia have led to an increase in interest in Turkey by the Armenian diaspora. Armenians living in the United States want to make investments in Turkey while many Armenian businesswomen have arrived in Istanbul to make cooperation with their Turkish counterparts.

2.5 MILLION FOREIGNERS IN TURKEY FOR JOBS
The profile of foreigners coming to Turkey is changing with visa liberalizations. While the number of foreigners who came to Turkey for jobs were around 500,000 in the year 2005, this figure jumped to around 2.5 million in 2010.
 

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