TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 7

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 7, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 7

TURKIYE
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BAHCELI: THERE IS NO CONSENSUS, WE SAY "NO"
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli said that they considered it as a duty to vote "no" in the September 12 referendum for a constitutional amendment. Bahceli said, "we cannot say 'yes' to a constitutional amendment on which all parties could not reach a consensus."

IMPORTANT MEETING IN PRIME MINISTRY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug last night. Erdogan and Gen. Basbug took up the recent developments regarding the appointments in Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

ZAMAN
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DIFFICULT RIVAL FOR TRABZONSPOR, THREE LEADER TEAM HAVE EASY ONES
Draws were held to pair the teams in UEFA Europa League play-off round. Turkish team Trabzonspor paired with England's Liverpool, while Fenerbahce will face Greece's PAOK. Galatasaray were drawn with Ukraine's Karpaty Lviv, and Besiktas were paired with Finland's HJK Helsinki.

THERE IS TIME FOR APPOINTMENT, I'M WAITING FOR A NAME FROM GEN. BASBUG
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made important statements regarding the busy traffic of Supreme Military Council. Recalling that there was time till the end of the month to make the appointments, Erdogan gave the message that they could not reach a consensus about who would be the new chief of general staff. Noting that if they agreed on a name, the appointment could be made in one day, Erdogan said that he was waiting for Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug to suggest a name for the command of Land Forces.

YENI SAFAK
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PREMIER CALLS FOR "YES" IN REFERENDUM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a crowd of tens of thousands in Eskisehir on Friday, asking for support to a referendum on September 12 on a package of constitutional amendments. "For freedoms, you should vote 'Yes'," Erdogan said.

HSBC TURKEY CEO RESIGNS
Piraye Antika, chief executive officer of HSBC Turkey, has resigned from her post. Antika has been at the helm of HSBC Turkey for the last seven years of a ten-year career in the bank. Antika will be replaced by Martin Spurling.
 

VATAN
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OFFICERS CITE HEALTH CONDITION FOR NO-SHOW ON PROSECUTOR'S TESTIMONY ORDER
Eighteen senior military officers -- including Gen. Hasan Igsız, commander of the First Army -- were no-show over an order by a prosecutor probing an alleged coup attempt, citing health condition in excuse for their absence. Gen. Igsiz has been ruled out during recent meetings of a supreme military council for promotion as the commander of the Land Forces.

TURKISH AIR CARRIER SENDS "OVERWEIGHT" FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ON SIX-MONTH LEAVE FOR DIET
Turkey's state-run air carrier, the Turkish Airlines, has ordered 30 flight attendants, who were said to have failed to conform with the company's height-weight ratio regulations, to leave for a six-month vacation without pay to lose weight. Flight attendants who would have failed to comply with the standards at the end of six-month deadline would lose their jobs.

CUMHURIYET
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BALANCES UPSIDE DOWN
The signs of global climate change are started to be seen clearly in Turkey as "over temperature, humidity, sudden rainfall, and decrease in the number of snowy days". Experts say that the number of the days of extraordinary weather conditions will increase in coming years, and the number of snowy days will decrease. Experts warned people to accommodate with these changing weather condition.

DRAW HELD FOR UEFA RIVALS
Turkey's Galatasaray were drawn with Ukraine's Karpaty Lviv in UEFA Europa League play-off round, while another Turkish team Trabzonspor must overcome England's Liverpool to advance to group stage. Besiktas were paired with Finland's HJK Helsinki. Fenerbahce will face Greece's PAOK in Europe League play-offs.

RADIKAL
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TWO SOLDIERS MARTYRED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS
PKK terrorist attacked a police checkpoint and a police station in Dicle town of the southeastern province of Diyabakir, killing a 21-year-old gendarmerie soldier, who was identified as Cemal Yalin. In a separate clash with the security forces, terrorists killed a sergeant, who was identified as Serkan Ozpinar.

HIGH TEMPERATURES TO STAY FOR ANOTHER WEEK
High temperatures in Turkey will continue for at least another week. Temperatures will remain above 40 degrees Celsius in western Turkey. Capital Ankara will see 39-40 degrees celsius as Western Thrace and eastern parts of the Black Sea will see occasional showers.
 

HURRIYET
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DEAL ALMOST SEALED ON MILITARY PROMOTIONS
Appointments to the top posts in the Turkish Military Staff and in the Land Forces were highly likely to be made on Saturday as an Istanbul court overruled a prosecutor's order to detain 11 generals and 90 other senior officers in a probe over an alleged coup attempt, which came as the major setback in recent meetings of a supreme military council that decides on promotions and retirements within the army. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of the General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug met late on Friday, reportedly discussing appointments of the new general staff chief and the commander of the Land Forces. Ruling of the Istanbul court has led the way for the promotions of 8 of the 11 generals.

EUROPA LEAGUE PLAY-OFF ROUND DRAW HELD
Turkey's Galatasaray were drawn with Ukraine's Karpaty Lviv in UEFA Europa League play-off round, while another Turkish team Trabzonspor must overcome England's Liverpool to advance to group stage. Four Turkish teams are competing in Europa League play-offs. Following the UEFA Europe League play-off round draw made in Switzerland, Besiktas were paired with Finland's HJK Helsinki. Fenerbahce, who were eliminated by Swiss Young Boys in UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, will face Greece's PAOK in Europe League play-offs. First legs will be played on August 19 and return matches will be played on August 26.


MILLIYET
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THY AIMS FOR THE SKY: MADONNA
It was claimed that Turkish Airlines (THY) took action to sign an advertisement contract with Madonna following its agreement with Kevin Costner. THY Director General Temel Kotil did not deny the claims. He said, "important brands' coming together with other important brands creates a great synergy."

ERDOGAN CELEBRATES OBAMA'S BIRTHDAY
U.S. President Barack Obama made a surprising telephone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. Obama called Erdogan, and they discussed regional matters especially Iraq issue. Erdogan celebrated Obama's birthday, and asked him, "how old are you now?". Obama replied, "I'm 49, I'm getting older." Erdogan told Obama, "life starts at 50" which made the U.S. president laugh.

SABAH
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COURT OVERRULES DETENTION ORDER FOR SENIOR OFFICERS
An Istanbul court on Friday overruled a detention order for 101 senior officers in a probe over an alleged military coup attempt -- came to be known as "the Sledgehammer." The officers -- 28 of them are retired -- are to face court trial that is set to begin on December 16.

TWO SOLDIERS KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS IN TURKEY
Two gendarmerie soldiers were killed in two separate terrorist attacks in Dicle town of the the southeastern province of Diyarbakir and in Dogubeyazit town of the eastern province of Agri. Security forces killed seven terrorists in clashes in Van and Hakkari.

 

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