TWELVE GIANT MEN TO TAKE ON FRANCE IN WORLD BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Turkish national basketball team is set to face on Sunday France in the round of last 16 of the 2010 World Basketball Championship. The game, scheduled for 9:00 p.m., will be played in Istanbul's Sinan Erden Arena. The Turkish team has won all five matches in the group stage to lead Group C.
TOP U.S. GENERAL SAYS THEY ARE NOT INVITED FOR TURKEY MANEUVER, DIPLOMATS SAY THEY ARE
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen said on Sunday that Turkey had not invited the United States Air Forces to participate in an annual military exercise. Yet U.S diplomatic sources said Turkey had extended the invitation for the Anatolian Eagle, a military maneuver of air forces from Turkey and several other countries in skies over the central Anatolian province of Konya.
MAYOR SOUNDS CONFIDENT OVER REFERENDUM BOYCOTT
Mayor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir Osman Baydemir was confident about a call by the Peace and Democratic Party to boycott a September 12 referendum in Turkey. Baydemir said he would resign if the turnout in the referendum exceeded 51 percent. Baydemir said he estimated that 60-70 percent of the voters in Diyarbakir would boycott the voting.
U2 TO ROCK ISTANBUL
The legendary Irish rock band U2 is set to appear at their first concert ever in Turkey. The concert is on Monday at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
ERDOGAN IS ALSO AFFIRMATIVE TOWARD IDEA OF MUSEUM
Emin Aktar, Chairman of Bar of Diyarbakir, and some representatives of the NGOs relayed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the proposal to turn Diyarbakir prison into a museum.
Aktar said Erdogan was not negative over the proposal.
MATCH THAT CANNOT BE COMPENSATED
Turkey will take on France at the eight-finals of the 2010 World Basketball Championship in Istanbul. The match starts at 9.00 p.m.
SHOW STARTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY ARRIVED
U2 came to Istanbul with its private plane to give a concert in Istanbul and the show started immediately they landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. The legendary group sang songs for their fans waiting at the airport.
A ROCK LEGEND U2
U2 Group will take the stage at Ataturk Olympiad Stadium on Monday evening. After arriving at the Ataturk Airport at 2.30 a.m., the group made a surprise to their fans who welcomed them at the airport with flowers.
Bono, the soloist of the group sang "Desire" for his fans. Bono will take a walk at the Bogazici Strait and meet Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his office in Dolmabahce.
THEY HAVE PREPARED DIRTY TRICKS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a comment on the telephone conversations which were tapped illegally and aired at internet, and which were alleged to be belonging to members of jurisdiction.
Erdogan said, "conversations of the members of high jurisdiction appeared at the internet. Have you seen what kind of ugly plans were made? They are thinking of making alliance with Imrali for "no" vote to be given at the referendum."
"PUBLIC CONCERT" FROM BONO
U2 group which has come to Istanbul to give concert at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium gave a mini concert to people at the Airport. U2 group members gave their photographs to their fans who were waiting at the airport and sang two songs.
Bono will take a walk at the Istanbul Strait today and meet with Erdogan.
6.5 PERCENT RISE TO SALARIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS
Reconciliation Board suggested 16 TL rise to base salary of the civil servants for the first six months of 2011. For the second six month, the board offered 22 TL rise.
In case the Council of Ministers accepts the proposal, the lowest salary for civil servants will be 1572 TL. Board Chairman Kilicoglu said the rise will create a difference of 6.5 percent in salaries.
TOP U.S. SOLDIER SAYS NO WEAPONS TO BE PASSED OVER TURKEY IN IRAQ-EXIT
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen on Saturday said the United States had no plans to pass its weapons through Turkey in exiting from Iraq. "I did not come here for bargaining but to thank Turkey for its invaluable contributions in Afghanistan," Mullen said.
TURKISH AID TRAIN ARRIVES IN PAKISTAN
A Turkish train packed with humanitarian aid arrived in Pakistan's Quetta city eleven days after it set off from the Turkish capital Ankara. The train delivered 40 containers of aid including large tents, food, flour, baby diapers and water.