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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 27 October 2018

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 27 October 2018]

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★ Four-way talks on the possibility of peace in Syria are underway in Turkey, reports the Deutsche Welle. The leaders of Germany, Russia, Turkey and France are hoping to capitalize on a shaky ceasefire agreement in Idlib to build further peace in Syria.

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted the leaders, calling for political progress in the devastating conflict.

  "The whole world, particularly our Syrian brothers, have their eyes on this summit," Mr. Erdogan said. "I believe we will not let them down, acting with a sincere and constructive understanding."

  Ahead of the four-way talks, Turkey's president Mr. Erdogan met separately with German Chancellor Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron. Merkel was seen having bilateral talks with Putin and Macron.

  Participants are hoping to continue the momentum of the ceasefire and use it to negotiate a wider peace agreement.

★ The CIA chief Gina Haspel traveled to Turkey to investigate the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Ken Bredemeier of the VOA reports.

  While in Turkey it is reported that Ms. Haspel has listened to the audio recording of Khashoggi's torture and killing.

  And on Wednesday, Turkish president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed that those responsible for Khashoggi's killing will not "escape justice".

  He said that Turkey will "not allow the murder to be covered up".

  Saudis initially denied that Khashoggi disappeared and claimed that he exited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul safe and sound. Later they said that he got accidentally killed in an altercation with more than a dozen men who came from Saudi Arabia to confront him. Finally, Saudi Arabia acknowledged in a statement Thursday that Khashoggi's murder is premeditated, on the basis of evidence supplied by Turkey.

  Reuters reported Friday that the Istanbul's prosecutor's office has prepared a request for the extradition from Saudi Arabia of 18 suspects in the killing of Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has already arrested the 18 people.

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★ There was a lot of speculative analysis on the motives of the Turkish president for putting the Khashoggi killing to the forefront of his pronouncements.

  Some analysts claim that President Erdoğan wants the distract the Turks' attention away from the domestic economic problems that emerged recently.

  Yet some other analysts are saying that Mr. Erdoğan is trying to get money from the Saudis. Yet some others are saying that it is part of their regional rivalry between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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★ A Japanese journalists, Jumpei Yasuda, who was imprisoned by an Al Qaida- affiliated group in Syria for three years was released from captivity with the aid of the Turkish government, Japanese officials say.

  The 44-year-old journalist walked into an immigration office in the southern Turkish city of Antakya on Tuesday. He later told journalists that he thought he would never be released. Another Japanese journalist who was captured by extremist rebels in Syria was decapitated.

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★ According to the news site Ahval, more than two years after being dismissed from their jobs by government decree following the 2016 coup attempt, almost 130,000 Turkish public sector workers are still awaiting justice and facing an uncertain future, Amnesty International said in a report published on Thursday.

  The purge of public employees took place under the country's nearly two-year-long state of emergency, declared after the July 2016 coup attempt, which the government blames on U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen.

  The report is entitled "Purged beyond return? No remedy for Turkey's dismissed public sector workers ". Read more at >> here <<

★ According to the British daily Express, Turkey's central bank kept the repo rates steady at 24% after the recent gains of the Turkish currency against the U.S. dollar.

  Meanwhile, the IMF is predicting Turkey's gross domestic output will add 3.5 percent this year and only 0.4 percent in 2019.



★ For the upcoming Republic Day, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra had a concert Friday evening. Under the direction of Can Okan, the soloist on the viola was Ruşen Güneş.

  In the second half of the concert, the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the directions of Gökçen Koray and Seval Irmak accompanied the orchestra.

  The orchestra performed Franz Anton Hoffmeister's viola concerto. The chorus sang works of Turkish composers Ferit Tüzün and Hasan Uçarsu.

  Istanbul State Opera and Ballet musicians also performed at a cultural center for the occasion.

  In the capital Ankara, the Presidential Symphonic Orchestra will also perform on the Republic Day. It will perform works on the Turkish independence struggle of early 1920s.

  The Republic Day celebrates the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923.


★ As part part of the 25th Istanbul Jazz Festival's "Jazz in the Parks" section, a dynamic and much-liked group Koffie from the Netherlands will take the stage on October 31.

  The Dutch Consulate in Istanbul will be supporting the performance.

  In a addition to concerts in Turkey, Koffie will conduct workshops for children in Istanbul and south eastern city of Mardin.


★ Turkeys internationally renowned pianists İdil Biret Conducted master classes as the guest of the Istanbul State Conservatory Piano - Harp - Guitar Art Division.

  Students and teachers from the conservatory and also a large group of music lovers were in attendance.

  İdil Biret, born 21 November 1941 in Ankara, Turkey, is a Turkish concert pianist, renowned for her interpretations of the romantic repertoire.

  Biret began her lessons at the age of five with Mithat Fenmen, who had studied under Nadia Boulanger and Alfred Cortot. When she was seven, the Turkish parliament enacted a special law which enabled her to study abroad, studying at the Paris Conservatory in France under the tutelage of Nadia Boulanger

  İdil Biret has 130 CDs out under her name, and she can perform any classical composition from memory.

  During the master class students performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Chopin.

★ A new documentary film is out. Dubbed "The Ugly King", the documentary is on the life of Turkish actor Yılmaz güney .

  Turkey's award winning director Hüseyin Tabak made the film.

  During the making of the film he Interviewed 47 individuals from around the world and ended up with 110 hours of material to use.

  Yılmaz move Güney, who was born in 1937 died in exile in Paris at the age of 47 in 1984. His nickname was "The Ugly King".

  In addition to being an actor he was also a director, screenplay writer, and a novelist.

  He was at constant odds with the Turkish government and was convicted of killing a judge in 1974. Afterwards he fled the country and later lost his citizenship.


★ Turkish artist Bedri Baykam will be giving the opening speech at the 13th Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industries fair.

  Baykam is currently the head of the International Artists Association and also the chairman of the Turkish National Committee.

  Baykam that says that Art is the best way to reach peace in the world, which is besieged by war, secteraninism and racism


★ Turkish architect and businessman Erdoğan Altındiş has an interesting exhibition in istanbul's SUPA Atölye gallery titled "The Child Inside Me ", reports Orhun Atmış of the daily Cumhuriyet.

  The exhibition is made up of three phases, and the first phase dubbed "Longing" is on display.

  As the name implies, the subject of the exhibition is Erdoğan Altındiş's longing for his childhood.

  In each of the 12 or so room of the venue, Erdoğan Altındiş he has placed different objects. In one room there are soda bottle caps, in another toys, old magazines and an old CRT TV. Each room has a story of its own.

  Erdoğan Altındiş is the founder of Manzara Istanbul, dubbed a "Home Tourism Association". Altındiş started the company after renovating an old home in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district and renting it to tourists.

  He has been active in renovating other older and historic buildings around the neighborhood.

  Some of these buildings are then rented to visitors to Istanbul. In these homes, works of Turkish and foreign artists are also exhibited.

  In addition, the homes are venues for other social activities such as get-togethers with European architects, chefs or art groups along with their Turkish counterparts for dinner parties.

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★ Use of PVC sidings on a 120-year-old clock tower in Turkey's north western city of Bursa has drawn criticism.

  The president of the local Chamber of Architects Ömer Faruk Şahin said that the sixth floor where the PVC siding was installed, should have been covered with cut white stone.

  The 100-foot tower is all made with cut stone. It replaced an earlier clock tower built in 1876.

  The tower has been also used as an observation post for spotting fires.


★ Öznur Oğraş Çolak of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's funding for archaeological excavations in Turkey has been decreasing over the years.

  In an interview Çolak conducted with archaeologist Dr. Berna Alpagut, she indicated that due to reduced amounts of funding, the duration of her excavations each season are now shorter.

  Dr. Alpagut also says that some excavations are not able to continue at all.

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★ A replica of the stone-carved seat dubbed the "Noble's seat with Gryphons" has been placed in its original place in the ancient city of Metropolis' antique theater.

  The theater dates back to 2000 years ago. The original stone seat is at Izmir Archaeology Museum.

  Sculptor Sinan Ilhan carved the replica with the aid of a pantograph.

  The classical city of Metropolis is situated in western Turkey, approximately 25 miles south east of Izmir. Settlement at the site goes back to the Neolithic period. The Hittite period is also attested.

  Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods are well represented at the site.

★ An Iznik plate fetched a record price in a London auction. The plate is estimated to be from 1480s.

  The plate was owned for a while by a Lebanese man who lived between 1893 and 1965 in Egypt. Her daughter inherited the plate and she sold it in 1968.

  The auction house put the plate up at 300,000 to 500,000 British pounds, but it received around 5.4 million British pounds ($6.93 million).

  Iznik ware, named after the town of İznik in western Anatolia, mainland of Turkey, where it was made, is a decorated ceramic that was produced from the last quarter of the 15th century until the end of the 17th century.

★ Turkish singer Erol Evgin said that he made the biggest earning of his lifetime recently from YouTube.

  Speaking at the Professional Association of Music Interpreters, he said that he only got a total of around $4000 in local currency from the Turkish royalty collection agencies for his latest very popular recording.

  In contrast, not disclosing the full amount, he said he got a very large payment from YouTube.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 5.60


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey:        63/37 Mostly Sunny
Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    77/59 Mostly Sunny
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       52/30 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 70/61 Partly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean:             73/54 Mostly Sunny
Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        70/54 Partly Cloudy	
Seawater temperatures:
Black Sea measured at Trabzon         65
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdağ      63
Aegean Sea measured at İzmir          68
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 76	



Premiere League

★ Results for week: 9
G. Saray        -      Bursa Sp        1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Akhisar Sp      5 - 0
Sivas Sp        -      Fenerbahçe      0 - 0
Başakşehir      -      Kayseri Sp      1 - 0
Alanya Sp       -      Antalya Sp      0 - 1
Göztepe         -      Beşiktaş        2 - 0
Rize Sp         -      Konya Sp        1 - 1
Ankaragücü      -      Malatyaspor     1 - 0
Trabzon Sp      -      Erzurum Sp      0 - 0
★ In games played so far this weekend:
Bursa Sp        -      Alanya Sp       2 - 0
Erzurum Sp      -      Kasımpaşa       1 - 1
Konya Sp        -      Başakşehir      0 - 1
Antalya Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      1 - 1
★ Standing in the league as of week ending 9
  1 - G. Saray        19
  2 - Başakşehir      18
  3 - Kasımpaşa       18
  4 - Antalya Sp      16
  5 - Beşiktaş        15
  6 - Göztepe         15
  7 - Trabzon Sp      14
  8 - Konya Sp        13
  9 - Ankaragücü      13
 10 - Malatyaspor     12
 11 - Alanya Sp       12
 12 - Sivas Sp        10
 13 - Bursa Sp        9
 14 - Kayseri Sp      9
 15 - Fenerbahçe      9
 16 - Rize Sp         8
 17 - Erzurum Sp      6
 18 - Akhisar Sp      5
★ Turkish wrestler Metehan Başar got a gold medal in 87 kg in the world wrestling championships held in Budapest hungry.

  Other Turkish wrestlers also got medals:
  In the women's wrestling, Turkish Yasemin Adar lost to her American opponent in 76 kg and got a silver medal. Buse Tosun received a bronze in 72 kg and Elif jale Yeşilırmak silver in 59 kg

  And in the freestyle wrestling, Turkey's Fatih Erdin came in second in 82 kg and received a silver medal.

★ Şahika Ercümen, a Turkish diver broke a record in diving in freshwater. She dived to 65 m, breaking the old records by 10 m.

★ In equestrian events: In Turkey's 80th Presidential Cup Race a horse named "Finesse" receive the cup. Selim Kaya was the jockey.

★ In European championships for weightlifters under age 23, Turkey's Ayşegül Çakın became the world champion by lifting a total of 198 kg in ladies category.

★ Turkish Taekwondo master Nur TatarAskari received a bronze medal in championships held in Manchester Britain


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