ERDOGAN IN CAUCASUS
Turkey has taken action to put an end to the war between Georgia and Russia. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan paid a visit to Russia and held talks about the South Ossetia crisis. They met with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. During the meetings, Prime Minister Erdogan proposed to establish a stability and cooperation platform in Caucasus.
Erdogan and Babacan will proceed to Tbilisi later in the day to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia.
GUL CALLS MEDVEDEV AND SAAKASHVILI
President Abdullah Gul telephoned both President Dmitriy Medvedev of Russia and President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. He called on the parties to secure peace in the region.
KARATAS TO BE INTERRED WITH HIS SECRETS
The body of Dursun Karatas, head of DHKP-C terrorist organization, will be brought to Turkey for burial. Secrets of more than 200 murders will remain in the dark after his death. One of them is the assassination of businessman Ozdemir Sabanci in 1996.
ERDOGAN ON MOSCOW-TBILISI LINE FOR PEACE
Turkish government has attracted attention in regard to its mediation efforts for Syria-Israel and USA-Iran conflicts in the recent period. This time Ankara launched initiatives for peace and stability in Caucasus. Erdogan paid a visit to Russia and held talks with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. After his meetings, Erdogan told reporters that Turkish and Russian foreign ministers would speed up efforts to develop a stability and cooperation platform in the Caucasus suggested by Turkey.
ANTI-LANDMINE VEHICLES AGAINST TERRORIST TRAPS
Most of our troops died in landmine traps in fight against terrorist organization PKK. We lost 26 of 65 soldiers in landmine blasts since the beginning of 2008. Dr. Sedat Laciner, director of International Strategic Research Organization, said Turkish security forces should use landmine-protected vehicles like 'Casspir'.
SHIPYARDS TO BE CLOSED DOWN
The prosecutor's office has launched a full investigation into Monday's fatal accident at a Tuzla shipyard. Three workers were killed and 12 others were injured when a lifeboat that employees were on broke free from a ship under repair and plunged into the sea.
Meanwhile, Labor & Social Security Minister Faruk Celik said that the latest incident was totally irrational. "It became evident that the punishments were not adequate at all. The most influential measure is to close down shipyards," he said.
200 TURKISH TOURISTS STUCK IN ADRIATIC
Two hundred passengers have set sail from the western province of Izmir to the Adriatic by a cruiser hired from a foreign firm. When captain and crew of the vessel went on strike, passengers were stuck in off Croatia.
The Turkish Airlines has become the leader of Europe in terms of the number of transit passengers after joining the Star Alliance. Temel Kotil, director-general of the THY, said that one out of every 100 passengers began preferring the THY.
ERDOGAN'S TOUR OF RUSSIA AND GEORGIA BEGINS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short his vacation in the popular resort town of Bodrum and paid a visit to Russia. He first met with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev. Later, Erdogan had a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Erdogan will proceed to Tbilisi later in the day to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan is accompanying Erdogan.
NEW CONSTITUTION ENTAILS COMPROMISE WITH CHP
Prof. Zafer Uskul, one of architects of the draft constitution of governing Justice & Development (AK) Party, said that a new constitution was required but such a prospect was getting weaker each day.
"We can make significant changes for our democratization process. On the other hand, I think that it is quite hard to make a new constitution without a compromise with the main opposition party, Republican People's Party (CHP)," he added.
HOPES FOR SECOND MATCH
Our teams Fenerbahce and Galatasaray saddened us with results of last night's European Champions League third qualifying round first leg matches. Fenerbahce drew 2-2 with Serbian soccer club Partizan in Belgrade and Galatasaray also drew 2-2 with Steaua Bucharest of Romania in Istanbul.
GRAVE SITUATION IN WORK ACCIDENTS
According to the figures of the Social Insurance Institute, 79,027 work accidents took place and 1,600 workers died in those accidents in Turkey in 2006.
TUITION TO BE RAISED BY 10 PERCENT
Higher Board of Education conveyed to the government its proposal that tuitions should be raised by 10 percent in the 2008-2009 academic year. If the board's proposal is approved, the lowest tuition will become 266 YTL (223.5 USD) and the highest one will become 550 YTL (462.1 USD).
EARTHQUAKE ALARM FROM KANDILLI
Prof. Dr. Gulay Altay, director of Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul, said that an earthquake would probably take place within next 30 years. Altay said it would occur in Marmara region with a 60 percent possibility.
ERDOGAN VISITS MOSCOW, TBILISI
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday and he will hold meetings in Tbilisi, Georgia on Thursday. Erdogan had dinner with Russian authorities; President Dmitriy Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Russian authorities shed green light to Turkey's proposal for a Caucasus alliance.
30,000 PEOPLE WELCOME HURRIYET'S FREEDOM TRAIN
Hurriyet's Human Rights Train, which set off to voice equality, freedom and what should be done against domestic violence, was welcomed by 30,000 people in central province of Kirikkale. Mayor Cavit Caglayan said, "Hurriyet came to our province with an important project. I would like to thank the people for their contribution to this project."
SUMMIT AT CASTLE
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit amid significant developments in the Caucasus. He was hosted by the Russian political power in the highest level. Erdogan first met Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev. Later, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia joined them over dinner at the Mein Dorf Castle. Erdogan told reporters that Moscow extended support to a Caucasus stability pact.
STATEMENT FROM IRAN
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad responded to questions why he would not visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during his visit to Turkey. He said that it was a business trip. He added that since Turkish authorities spent the summer in Istanbul, he would visit this city instead of capital Ankara.
AN INTERESTING RESIGNATION
Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbas, director Transplantation Center of the Akdeniz University which became one of the world's most revered organ transplantation centers, has resigned from his post in an interesting way. Prof. Dr. Demirbas asked Prof. Dr. Israfil Kurtcephe, who was appointed as rector of the university by President Abdullah Gul, whether or not he wanted to work with him. Prof. Dr. Kurtcephe wanted Prof. Dr. Demirbas' resignation.
DEATH PILL FOR 3 YTL
A terrifying picture has emerged in Turkey recently regarding substance abuse. When the price of Ecstasy pill dropped from 30 YTL (nearly 25 USD) to 3 YTL (nearly 2.5 USD), number of addicted people rose dramatically. Narcotics officials said that even children aged about 9-10 became addicts of Ecstasy pill. Narcotics teams seized 1,500 pills in Istanbul in 1999. In 2007, number of seized pills exceeded 1 million.
TALKING ABOUT PEACE WITH PUTIN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short his vacation and paid a visit to Russia to meet with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in an effort to stop the war between Georgia and Russia. During the meeting, Prime Minister Erdogan proposed Georgian and Russian parties to sign a "Caucasian Stability Pact". Erdogan will proceed to Tbilisi later in the day to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia.
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