TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 16

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 16, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS ON AUGUST 16

TURKIYE
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LAST WARNING TO DAMASCUS
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Syrian forces had intensified operations since Thursday night, adding, "if operations are not halted, there will be nothing to talk about."

SOMALIA WAITS FOR ERDOGAN
Somalia is getting ready to host Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family. Efforts are under way to restore the presidential building in Mogadishu. Meanwhile, Turkish Red Crescent is erecting a tent-city.

DECREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
Unemployment rate decreased 1.6 points down at 9.4 percent in May 2011. The number of jobless decreased to 2,550 thousand people from 2,846 thousand in May 2010, and the number of the employed increased to 24,450 thousand people from 23,055 thousand in May 2010.

ZAMAN
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FEDERATION THROWS BALL TO JUDICIARY
Documents scrutinized by the Ethics board for the past 21 days were not sufficient for the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to make a decision on the match-fixing probe. The TFF announced Monday that they would wait for the indictment and that they did not currently have the evidence in order to make a just decision. The TFF sent 52 people, including 17 formerly arrested, to the Disciplinary Board.

DAVUTOGLU: IF OPERATIONS DO NOT END IN SYRIA, THERE WOULD NOT REMAIN ANYTHING TO TALK ABOUT
Ankara has one more time warned the Syrian administration which is massacring Syrian civilians. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that if the operations in Syria do not end, there would not remain anything to talk about.

YENI SAFAK
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KUCUKALI RESIGNS
Tekin Kucukali, director-general of the Turkish relief agency red Crescent, has resigned because of his health problems. The Red Crescent regained its credibility under Kucukali's leadership. "My health problems prevent me from fulfilling my duties," he said in a message to Red Crescent staff.

JUDGE TO RESOLVE
Turkish Football Federation (TFF) had decided to make a decision about soccer clubs including Fenerbahce and Besiktas and 52 suspects after approval of the indictment in the match-fixing probe. The federation ruled that it was too early to punish clubs and suspects.

VATAN
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LEAGUE TO CONTINUE, DECISION LATER
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decided to wait for the indictment in order to make a decision under the match-fixing probe. The TFF did not relegate any team. The Spor Toto Super League will begin with 18 teams at equal points. 52 names, including 17 currently arrested, have been sent to the Disciplinary Board.

LAST ULTIMATUM TO DAMASCUS: STOP, OTHERWISE...
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a call on the Syrian administration to stop operations against its own people. "If the operations against the civilian population in Syria do not end, there would not remain anything to talk about," Davutoglu stressed.

CUMHURIYET
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LAST WARNING TO SYRIA
Ahmet Davutoglu said that Syria had taken some positive steps after his visit to Damascus last week, adding, "but Syrian forces have intensified operations since Thursday night. What have happened in Syrian cities of Deir al-Zor and Latakia cannot be tolerated." He said that it was impossible to consider these events as domestic affairs of Syria on the basis of human rights.

ONE MORE DOWN
Terrorists opened fire on security forces patrolling in rural area in the southern province of Osmaniye, killing a soldier. Another soldier was injured in the clash with terrorists.

ANCIENT THEATRE UNEARTHED
Remains of an ancient theatre dated back to the 4th century BC were unearthed during archaeological excavations in the popular resort town of Bodrum in southwestern province of Mugla.

RADIKAL
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300 TURKISH FAMILIES APPLY TO ADOPT SOMALIAN CHILDREN
300 Turkish families filed applications with the Somali Embassy in Ankara to adopt children from Somalia. 30,000 Somali children died in three months due to famine.

DIPLOMACY ON SYRIA REACHES END
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reacted strongly against the military operations in Syria. There is a possibility that Turkey may withdraw its ambassador in Damascus after the Syrian military's operations against the civilians in Syria.

HURRIYET
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TFF TO WAIT FOR JUDICIARY
Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said that Spor Toto Super League would begin on September 9 with 18 clubs. The federation decided to make a decision after approval of the indictment of the match fixing case. Meanwhile, 52 people including Aziz Yildirim, president of the Fenerbahce club, were transferred to the Disciplinary Board.

NO MORE WORDS
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has renewed his call to the Syrian government that the operations in Latakia were unacceptable, adding, "if operations are not halted, there will be nothing to talk about."

SECOND MASS IN SUMELA
Some 2,500 Orthodox Christians from Greece, Russia and the USA have poured in Turkey to attend a mass at the historical Sumela Monastery in the northern province of Trabzon which was opened to worship last year after 88 years.

MILLIYET
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SPOR TOTO SUPER LEAGUE TO GO ON AS PLANNED
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) did not give any penalty to any football team as it could not obtain the defense of suspects involved in the match-fixing probe. Accordingly, the Spor Toto Super League and European program of Turkish teams will go on as planned.

STOP! OTHERWISE WORDS WILL END
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made a harsh warning against Syria. Davutoglu said that if the operations conducted by the Syrian government against its own people did not end, there would not remain anything to talk about.

SABAH
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NO MORE RELATIONS WITH AL-ASSAD
Turkey has lost its patience after Syrian forces shelled the country's principal port city of Latakia, killing 31 people. Ankara is getting ready to make a critical decision and discuss Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's legitimacy. Turkish Ambassador in Damascus Omer Onhon informed Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem on Turkey's attitude and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to assess recent developments.

TURKEY TO END SOMALIA'S BIGGEST PROBLEM
Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) will dig water wells in Somalia where 25 children die each day because of malnutrition. A ship carrying humanitarian aid under a campaign led by Sabah daily will set sail for Somalia on Wednesday.

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