TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 12

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 12, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 12

TURKIYE
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"WE KILLED WHO HAD TO BE KILLED" SAYS ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF
Israeli Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi joined Israeli prime minister and defense minister in defense of his soldiers who shed blood on board Mavi Marmara ship.
For Israeli commandos, who killed unarmed people, Ashkenazi said "I am proud of them." He also said, "we acted bold, cold-blooded and ethical. My soldiers opened fire at those they needed to. Those, who had to die, died."

BLOOD SMELL STILL ON MAVI MARMARA
Turkish experts completed their investigation on Mavi Marmara on which Israeli soldiers killed nine Turks. Hundreds of shells from that bloody night have been found aboard the ship. Blood stain on life jackets drew attention. Experts used chemicals to reveal blood stains cleared by Israel.

ZAMAN
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TURKEY SETS UP OWN PANEL TO PROBE GAZA-FLOTILLA RAID
Ankara has formed a national panel to investigate a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy while a United Nations panel continues making its own probe. The Turkish panel will include many experts from different state bodies and it is expected to present a report by the end of the month. Ambassador Nihat Rende will chair the panel formed under the Prime Ministry. It will include officials from Prime Ministry Inspection Board, Justice Ministry, Interior Ministry, Transportation Ministry and Maritime Undersecretariat.

JUSTICE MINISTER REJECTS RUMORS OVER "CRISIS" AT HIGH JUDICIAL BODY
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin has rejected allegations that the High Board of Judges and Prosecutors had faced a "crisis" in the appointment of nearly 140 senior judges and prosecutors as the board reportedly sought to relieve a number of judges and prosecutors investigating the Ergenekon case. "There is no crisis in the appointments. These are all false reports," Ergin said.

YENI SAFAK
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UNPROPORTIONATE KILLER
It was Israeli military chief's turn to act in the comedy of Israeli committee formed to investigate the Mavi Marmara raid. Israeli Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi argued that his commandos, who opened fire at civilians before boarding the ship, used proportional force.
"They opened fire at those they needed to," he said.

SHOCKING TRANSFER: ROBINHO SIGNS FOR FENERBAHCE
Turkey's Fenerbahce put their mark on the move of the year. Manchester City's Brazilian star Robinho, who had been chased by Besiktas, joined Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce executive Ali Yildirim agreed with the English club on a 20 million euro transfer fee. Robinho will get 6 million euro a year. Fenerbahce will announce the move on Friday.
 

VATAN
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COURT UPSETS UZAN FAMILY IN CASE OVER SALE OF MOBILE OPERATOR
Uzan Family, a former media mogul and the once-owner of Telsim -- a Turkish mobile phone operator -- has lost a $19 billion law suit against Turkey's Savings and Deposit Insurance Fund at an arbitration court in Paris. The family had filed the suit over the sale of Telsim to Vodafone after it was seized by the Turkish fund in return for the family's debt. The lawyer of the family, Jordanian Saba Fakes, will cover court and legal counselling fees.

NEARLY 11.5 MILLION PEOPLE USING 3G
The number of 3G subscribers in Turkey has reached 11.4 million, Turkey's Board of Information Technologies and Communication said. According to the board's three-month reports, the figure was 8.7 million in the first quarter this year. The number of mobile-to-mobile calls has increased 8.16 percent. Near 19 million people have switched mobile operator since November 2008, when a law allowing number portability was passed.

CUMHURIYET
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CURRENT ACCOUNT GAP WIDENS
Turkey's current account deficit increased 180 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2010 to reach 20.7 billion USD. Central Bank said that the rise was caused mainly by a 49.2 percent surge in foreign trade deficit in June to hit 4.3 billion USD.

"NATURE LOVER" AT INAUGURATION OF HYDRO PLANT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the Konukoglu Cevizlik Regulator and Hydroelectric Power Plant about which the Council of State has been trying a lawsuit. Environmentalists said Erdogan's inauguration was not legal. Erdogan, who earlier said "I am a nature lover", argued that hydro power plants did not dry up rivers.

RADIKAL
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ERDOGAN LASHES OUT AT HYDRO-PLANT CRITIQUES
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has directed his criticisms this time to environmental activists opposing construction of hydroelectric power plants in the Black Sea region in Turkey. "These environmentalist types are disseminating false information. They say, 'Rivers and creeks are being sold.' A total lie. It is also incorrect that creeks have dried out," Erdogan told a ceremony at the opening of hydro plant.

VICTORY AT LAST!
Turkish national soccer team toppled 2-0 their Romanian rivals in a friendly on Wednesday, winning a game against Romania for the first time in 45 years. The match, ahead of Euro 2012 qualifying group stage, was also the first match of the national team under their new coach, Guus Hiddink. Emre and Arda scored Turkey's goals.

CURRENT ACCOUONT DEFICIT SOARS DUE TO IMPORTS
Turkey's current account deficit grew 180 percent in the first six months of 2010 over the same period a year earlier to reach $20,743 million. The hike was mainly caused by an increase of 49.2 percent in trade deficit up to $4.33 billion in June 2010.

HURRIYET
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DIRECTORATE OF SECTS
Works on status of djemevis (prayer places of Alevi people) have been completed. State Minister Faruk Celik will open the issue of forming a Directorate-General of Sects within the body of Presidency of Religious Affairs up for discussion together with the report on djemevis. According to the formula, the directorate-general will have departments which would deal with sects.

DEMIR SISTERS
Turkish sisters Siddika and Semahat Demir will chair the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a 60-year-old influential U.S. organization, for one year.
Demir sisters will take the job officially at an oath-taking ceremony in San Francisco on Thursday.
SWE is an organization that has 21,000 individual and corporate members including giant companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Ford and Boeing.

MILLIYET
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TURKISH PREMIER APPEALS TO PATENTS AUTHORITY TO REGISTER HIS INITIALS AS TRADEMARK
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made an application to Turkey's patents authority to register his initials "RTE" -- sometimes seen as monogrammed on his shirts -- as a trademark. The approval of Erdogan's application would allow him to use his initials on printed and visual media, public relations and education services. Erdogan separately appealed to register an internet site at "www.rte.com.tr"

APPOINTMENTS OF JUDGES, PROSECUTORS DELAYED OVER ERGENEKON CASE
Turkey's High Board of Judges and Prosecutors have failed to agree on an annual decree that decides the appointments of hundreds of judges and prosecutors on a row over the Ergenekon case. Ilhan Cihaner, chief prosecutor for the eastern province of Erzincan who had been briefly held under custody in the Ergenekon case, has reportedly been appointed as chief prosecutor for the Black Sea province of Sinop.

SABAH
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CHAMBER THREAT
A classic from the Chamber of Electrical Engineers (EMO): the Chamber will file a lawsuit to cancel power grid tenders which would bring in $5.8 billion for the Turkish Treasury, arguing that tenders were not in the public interest. However, EMO is getting reaction. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the EMO should not be a millstone around the neck.

TURKEY DEFEAT ROMANIA AFTER 45 YEARS
Turkish national football had a 2-0 victory over Romania in a friendly. Emre Belozoglu and Arda Turan scored for Turkey. It was the first victory for Turkey against Romania in 45 years.
 

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