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PHOTO CHRONICLE 2010


PHOTO CHRONICLE 2010 PROJECT EDITOR: MEHMET KAMIÞ PHOTO EDITOR: SELAHATTÝN SEVÝ PROJECT COORDINATOR: ÝSA ÞÝMÞEK COVER DESIGN: NURETTÝN ASLANTAÞ PUBLISHING: PASÝFÝK OFSET © DECEMBER 2010 ISBN: 978-975-7678-41-0 www.todayszaman.com


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Photos step in where writing is insufficient

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We have left behind another eventful year as time has flowed swiftly past us. With each event, we experienced sometimes hope and sometimes despair for the future of Turkey and the world. Of course, it is very exciting to live in a country where you can see waves of global change and the local dynamics of that change following one after the other. But it was equally stressful. As you know, we continued to undergo a revolutionary process of transformation toward a more democratic, free, pluralistic, civilian and self-confident nation in 2010, just as we did in 2009. Taking 195 military officers, including many retired and active-duty generals and commanders, to court on Dec. 16 for plotting to overthrow the government in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case was one of the most significant developments to make its mark on 2010. A picture showing so many generations taking the defendants' seats in the Silivri courtroom was a considerable and promising indicator of the progress Turkey's democracy and legal system has made. Like this trial, the 58 percent “yes” votes cast in the referendum on the constitutional amendment package held on Sept. 12, the 30th anniversary of the military coup of Sept. 12, 1980, served as the biggest blow to military tutelage. Court regulations prevented photos of the Sledgehammer trial from being taken. Thus, we felt great regret as photojournalists were unable to capture that historic picture witnessed in the courtroom. Though regrettable, this was yet another opportunity for us to see that photography is an integral part of journalism. I am certain that if a single photo from that room were published in papers or aired on TV, we would see that Turkey's current change and transformation, which would require several volumes of books to properly depict, could actually be squeezed into a single photo frame. Of course, we would also recognize the magnitude of photography's expressive capacity. The year 2010 was also an important watershed in the ongoing historic process of change. We journalists monitored this process closely and tried to provide accurate and reliable information, not only for today's readers and political analysts but also for the historians of the future. As these articles and news stories made their mark in history every day, we always depended on photos as the most reliable documentation of these events. Every good or bad incident that occurred in this country and the world during 2010 was translated into an everlasting and precious document each time a photojournalist pressed the shutter release. We published these invaluable visual documents in newspapers for our readers throughout the year. Now, we also want to present these photo-documents of significant historical value to you in the form of an album. I would like to express my deepest thanks to the photojournalists, editors and designers who generously helped in preparing the Today's Zaman Photo Chronicle 2010 for us and I hope that they live the rest of their professional lives in a world where they can take photos of happiness and beauty. Please enjoy. BÜLENT KENEŞ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


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A photojournalist is a visual chronicler. He records everything. He looks at streets, neighborhoods and cities with curiosity. He looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary events in his country and around the world. He does not refrain from seeing what should be, but he is mostly in pursuit of what shouldn't be. He goes to a political gathering or a football field or a rally in order to find new and different things. He takes part in events but never as fanatically. He is never a mere watcher. He reacts to anything that goes wrong and records it. He cannot ignore it. His shots are not his memoirs, but exceptional moments. If he is in the right spot at the right time and if he presses the shutter at the right moment, then he fulfills his job. A photojournalist is the one who persistently and patiently calls to attention what is attempted to be forgotten. He brings to light what was left untouched or kept hidden in dark rooms. Our annual almanac "Photos Taking Note of Time" holds a mirror up to the year 2010, offering you snapshots from the whole year. Thus, the almanac bears traces of the steps taken for stability in the Middle East and the Balkans. With sadness, its pages reflect the human tragedies and the humanitarian and relief work after the flood in Pakistan. The photos of the holy journey around Arafat, Mecca and Medina call everyone to an atmosphere of peace. The FIFA WorldCup that sent waves of excitement all across the world with the exotic sound of vuvuzelas is portrayed in colorful photos, while the World Basketball Championship that brought second place to our national basketball team is teeming with unforgettable moments in our almanac. You can also find the story of how world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry looked for traces of his famed photo of the Afghan girl, known by some as a modern Mona Lisa, in the streets of Sultanahmet -- which to his amazement he found reproduced in myriad formats by people who had taken it to heart. You can also find proof that the digital age has really started as you see how Ara Güler posed for the 26th frame in the last 36-exposure roll produced by Kodak. A year has ended, but the responsibilities of photojournalists never cease to exist. This almanac is the modest proof of this. SELAHATTİN SEVİ ZAMAN MEDIA GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR


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CAPITAL OF CULTURE Ýstanbul, appointed a 2010 European Capital of Culture, kept its name on international agendas all year long because of the events and activities taking place all over the city linked with this title. Lightning in the skies over the city added color to the celebrations.

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COSMIC SECRETS One of the most debated events of the year in Turkey occurred when prosecutors entered the “cosmic chambers” at the Ankara mobilization regional headquarters to search for evidence linked to allegations of assassination attempts against State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arýnç.

PROTESTING FOR PROSECUTORS Protests took place to support the prosecutors who were not allowed by the General Staff to enter special “cosmic chambers.” Thousands of citizens gathered in Taksim to show their support and to march.

ALÝ ÜNAL Jan. 4, 2010

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AÐCA SET FREE Mehmet Ali Aðca, who escaped from prison (where he was being held on charges of killing journalist-writer Abdi Ýpekçi) and then attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II after his escape, was returned to Turkey. He completed the terms of his sentence and was released from prison, at which point he became a point of intense interest and scrutiny for the local and foreign press.


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TEKEL PROTEST With the privatization of Tekel, Turkey's alcohol and tobacco monopoly, workers hired under a law known as 4/C protested by conducting a sit-in. The sit-in took place in Ankara and lasted for 78 days, with workers sleeping in tents they set up there.

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HAGIA SOPHIA'S DOME FINALLY APPEARS The scaffolding at the Hagia Sophia Museum in Ýstanbul that was used to conduct work on the inner part of the historic building's dome was removed as part of efforts for Ýstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture activities.

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A RECORD CONTACT FOR THE SUPER LEAGUE The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) held an auction for the rights to broadcast its Super League matches for four years. Digiturk entered into a tough struggle against Türk Telekom, ultimately walking away with the contract for a record TL 321 million. TFF President Mahmut Özgener, along with other authorities, congratulated contract winner Digiturk and its owner, Mehmet Emin Karamehmet.


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FREEDOM Two hundred fifty disabled children competed in a traditional swim meet held on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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PASSING UNDER THE BRIDGE This year, many rather large ships steamed down the Bosporus. A drilling platform named the Leiv Eriksson also passed through the strait, headed for the Black Sea, where it will be exploring for natural gas and oil for Brazilian national oil company Petrobas.


KĂœRĂžAT BAYHAN Jan. 10, 2010

GROOMS WITH GRIEVANCES The marriages of Turkish men who tie the knot with foreign brides generally end with bitter stories. Turkey's southern coasts are full of Turkish dads who are the heroes of love stories that end with pain.

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TOWN DOCTOR Dr. Ahmet Ýlhan has been a doctor in Bereketli, Tokat province, of for 20 years and, despite various difficulties, keeps at his profession with a smiling face.


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THE ‘SLEDGEHAMMER PLAN' AND JOURNALISTS Some of the journalists targeted for arrest in the Sledgehammer coup plan filed criminal charges against all people involved in the creation of the plan. Present at a press conference about these charges were figures from Turkish journalism (from left) Sibel Eraslan, Mehmet Atan, Nazlý Ilýcak. Hüseyin Gülerce, Ali Bayramoðlu, Ekrem Dumanlý, Gülay Göktürk and Perihan Maðden.

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KANADOÐLU TESTIFIES The Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals honorary head prosecutor Sabih Kanadoðlu testified for two hours at the Beþiktaþ Courthouse as a part of the Ergenekon terrorism investigation.

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DIFFICULT COMPETITOR Footballers don't only face the players on their competing team when they enter the field; as this photograph shows, sometimes the toughest opponent is actually the prevailing weather conditions. It was the rain that wound up winning this struggle between Beþiktaþ player Rodrigo Tello and Bursaspor's Mustafa Keçeli.

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THE QURAN AND CHILDREN Education in the teachings of the Quran is a process that begins at a very young age around the world. In Pakistan's Muzafferabad region, children play and learn how to read the Quran at the same time.

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DOÐRAMACI PASSES ON The founding president of the Higher Education Board (YÖK) and founder of Bilkent University, 93-year-old Dr. Ýhsan Doðramacý, passed away. Many state officials as well as figures from the academic world attended his funeral, which was held at Ankara's Kocatepe Mosque.


ALÝ ÜNAL Feb. 20, 2010

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FERHAT SARIKAYA Former state prosecutor Ferhat Sarýkaya, who was disbarred as a result of a list of allegations he prepared during an incident that took place in Þemdinli, passes his time in Ankara these days. No longer a lawyer, Sarýkaya now earns a living as a legal consultant.

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ECOLOGICAL BALANCE One thousand pheasants were released into the wild in and around Edirne in an attempt to protect the local ecological balance and to fight against the presence of ticks and stink bugs. There is a ban on hunting pheasants until they reach a certain number in one particular area, with fines of TL 450 per illegally hunted pheasant.


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ÝSTANBUL FASHION The second ever Ýstanbul Fashion Week (IFW) was organized by the Ýstanbul Textile and Ready Wear Exporters Union (ÝHKÝB) and included not only important fashion designers but also some global celebrities. The opening ceremonies for this year's IFW were hosted by Hollywood movie star Meg Ryan, as well as Minister of Industry Zafer Çaðlayan and designer Hüseyin Çaðlayan.

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KÜRÞAT BAYHAN Feb. 25, 2010

SLEDGEHAMMER SUSPECTS TESTIFY As part of the Sledgehammer coup plan investigation, former Naval Forces Commander retired Adm. Özden Örnek, former 1st Army Commander retired Gen. Ergin Saygun, and former Air Forces Commander Gen. Ýbrahim Fýrtýna all testified at the Ýstanbul Courthouse.


TURGUT ENGÝN Feb. 26, 2010

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ÇETIN DOÐAN IN COURT Former 1st Army Commander Gen. Çetin Doðan, alleged to have been involved in the Sledgehammer coup plan, spent four days in custody at the Ýstanbul police headquarters and was then transferred to the Ýstanbul Courthouse, where he testified.

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SQUIRRELS A squirrel in one of the remaining green areas in Ýstanbul, Yýldýz Park, looks for something to eat under a layer of snow.

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‘EYYVAH EYVAH' BY ATA DEMÝRER Ata Demirer, a widely acclaimed comedian, starred in the film "Eyyvah Eyvah," for which he also wrote the script. In the movie, Demirer portrays a musician who tracks down his estranged father.

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TEAM OF THE YEAR:BEÞÝKTAÞ Zaman Sports Oscars night was held at the Zaman daily's headquarters for the first time. Beþiktaþ, the champion of the 2008-2009 season, and the Galatasaray wheelchair basketball team were elected as the Team of the Year by Zaman daily readers. Mustafa Denizli, who was elected Coach of the Year, accepted his award from Sepp Piontek.


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HIGH-SPEED TRAIN ON THE RAILS Attracting plenty of interest, the high-speed train that runs between Ankara and Eskiþehir carries passengers at a speed of 250 kilometers per hour. With more than 1 million passengers so far, the high-speed train is gaining widespread praise for its punctuality.

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SELMAN EÞTÜRKLER M. BURAK BÜRKÜK March 24, 2010

CANAYDIN PASSES AWAY Former three-term president of the Galatasaray Football Club as well as winner of the Fair Play Award, the ever-popular Özhan Canaydýn lost his life to cancer. Funeral prayers for Canaydýn were held in Bursa, while fans and players alike stood at attention in his memory at a derby.


MÜHENNA KAHVECÝ March 28, 2010

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DISAPPOINTMENT With the arrival of Frank Rijkaard, Galatasaray fans were expecting a league title, while Fenerbahçe fans expected the same with Christoph Daum's coming. The only thing left of the two coaches, who were unable to live up to the high expectations, is this photograph from their derby.

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TALAT LOSES THE ELECTION Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mehmet Ali Talat spent the run-up to the elections touring towns and villages, even engaging in coffeehouse campaigning. In spite of his efforts, Talat lost the elections held on April 18, 2010 to Derviþ Eroðlu of the National Unity Party (UBP).

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ALÝ ÜNAL March 24, 2010

ERDOÐAN ATTENDS HOSPITAL OPENING Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan hosted the opening ceremony for Ufuk University's Rýdvan Ege Hospital in Ankara, touring the new facility afterwards with his entourage.

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TURKISH STARS One of the world's most famous acrobatic teams, the Turkish Stars (Türk Yýldýzlarý) won great appreciation for their performance at the annual ceremony commemorating the Çanakkale War.

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THESE ARE SERIOUS INSULTS In an atmosphere of high tension, a Turkcell Super League match between Diyarbakýrspor and Bursaspor in the season's 24th week came to an abrupt end in the 17th minute when foreign objects were thrown at a member of the press, a referee and some players.

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EARTHQUAKE IN ELAZIÐ Fifty-one people died and 34 were injured in an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, in the province of Elazýð. Buildings made of mud brick led to a particularly deadly situation in this village and left thousands homeless in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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MÜHENNA KAHVECÝ March 5, 2009

LISBON Built in 1260, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon resembles Ýstanbul not only by virtue of its streets and bridge but also in the fact that it sits atop seven hills.

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SUDOKU IN PARLIAMENT One of the most important accomplishments in this year's Parliament was the constitutional reform bill. Some members of Parliament, tired from long hours of work on the bill, tried to relax by doing sudoku puzzles.


MUSTAFA KÝRAZLI April 8, 2010

EUROPE'S FIRST ICE MUSEUM IN ÝSTANBUL Europe's first ever ice museum opened this year in Ýstanbul. Called Magic Ice, the museum boasts -5 C. temperatures all year round, and visitors must put on special Eskimo-style outfits to see the exhibits

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NUCLEAR SAFETY US President Barack Obama hosted the Nuclear Safety Summit in the US capital of Washington, D.C., where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan represented Turkey.

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TURKEY'S HAND TOUCHES BALKAN PEACE The Balkans, which had not lived in peace since the day the Ottomans pulled out of the region, saw two enemy nations -Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia -- come together through the mediation of Turkey. Posing for a photograph were Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Bosnian and Herzegovinian Presidency Council head Haris Silajdzic, Serbian President Boris Tadic and the foreign ministers of all three nations.


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1915 On the anniversary of the Armenian relocations of 1915, marches and protests took place at Ýstanbul's Haydarpaþa Train Station and Taksim Square. Crowds of people, including intellectuals and representatives of civil society organizations, gathered around a poster reading “This painful memory is ours, too, and this mourning belongs to us all!” as protestors lit candles and left flowers in memory of the victims.

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AN ATTACK ON POLITICS The noses of former Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-Chairman Ahmet Türk and of Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yýldýz were broken in two separate attacks.


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EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL The Eyjafjallayjökull Volcano, which erupted in Iceland, brought air traffic to a standstill across Europe. With thousands of flights cancelled due to clouds of ash and smoke, airports in 17 countries were either partially or entirely shut down. While some Europeans who had been vacationing in Turkey chose to make their way home by land, others decided to wait out the volcano at local airports.

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SPORT OF MEN IN HANDS OF WOMEN With mascara in one hand and riding reins in the other, they play “cirit” (a traditional Turkish sport) on horses. The female members of the Uþak Karun Cirit Club say: “We will give up neither horses nor the sport of cirit. Everyone can drive a car, but not everyone can ride a horse.”

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AFTER BAGHDAD WAS DESTROYED Iraq is preparing for its second round of general elections. However, in Iraq, who wins the elections is not important because Iraqis have already lost so much. Every home in the city of Baghdad mourns as mothers and fathers weep for their children and brothers and sisters cry for their siblings. Survivors carry the painful scars of war on their bodies.


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END OF AN ERA AT CHP The chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, resigned as a result of the emergence of a video clip that allegedly showed Baykal in a compromising position with a CHP deputy. During Baykal's resignation speech, some CHP members were unable to hold back tears.


HÜSEYÝN SARI May 22, 2010

KILIÇDAROÐLU NEW LEADER In a party congress that took place in the wake of Deniz Baykal's resignation, Kemal Kýlýçdaroðlu is selected as the new chairman of the CHP.

ALÝ ÜNAL May 22, 2010

CONGRESS FRIENDSHIP CHP Secretary-General Önder Sav was allied in friendship with Kemal Kýlýçdaroðlu at the party congress, having helped bring Kýlýçdaroðlu forward in the wake of Deniz Baykal's resignation. Over time, however, certain disagreements within the party led Kýlýçdaroðlu to relieve Sav of his duties.

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CHP AT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AGAIN The CHP leadership, criticized for running to the Constitutional Court in search of intervention after every significant act by the AK Party, applied to the court to see the changes to the Constitution pronounced null and void.

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CELĂ?L KIRNAPCI May 18, 2010

METHANE EXPLOSION Thirty miners were killed in a methane explosion in the Karadon mine shaft, which belongs to the Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK). Relatives of the miners waiting for news of a possible rescue were heartbroken upon hearing the tragic news.

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HACI BOYDAK One of Turkey's most prominent industrialists, Boydak Holding's General Manager Hacý Boydak is known for his love of motorcycles. Whenever he finds time in his busy work schedule, he heads for the road with his bike.


M. BURAK BÜRKÜK May 5, 2010

TURKISH CUP GOES TO TRABZONSPOR Beating Fenerbahçe 3-1 in the Ziraat Turkish Cup final, Trabzonspor won the competition for the eighth time, while Fenerbahçe has failed to take the cup for 28 years and counting.

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MAY DAY IN TAKSĂ?M Taksim Square was opened for May Day celebrations for the first time in 33 years, following the events of 1977, when 34 people died in violence that marked the day. Though previous years had witnessed day-long clashes between protestors and police, this year's celebrations passed uneventfully.

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MEHMET YAMAN May 4, 2010

HEAD PROSECUTOR CÝHANER IN PRISON Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Prosecutor Ýlhan Cihaner, arrested on charges of “membership in the Ergenekon terror group,” as well as “threats and slander,” was brought to the Erzincan courthouse to give his testimony.

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PRESIDENT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF ‘i-REAL' CAR President Abdullah Gül tested the single-person, electrically powered automobile “i-REAL” from Toyota, shown for the first time ever in Turkey.


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ERDOÐAN-SARKOZY Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, in Paris for an official visit, posed for photojournalists with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in front of the Élysée Palace.

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FIFTH GREATEST Bursaspor, which walked away with the 2009-2010 Turkcell Super League season championship, saw its name go down in league history as the fifth greatest team.

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SAÐLAM'S TEARS OF JOY Bursaspor technical director Ertuðrul Saðlam hugged the members of his team after the final whistle was blown, ending the match which anointed his team Turkcell Super League champions. Saðlam's eyes were filled with tears of joy.


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CHAMPION BURSA Surrounded on all sides by an explosion of colorful celebrations at their championship standing, the Bursaspor players arrived at the city stadium for the cup ceremony, where they were treated to overwhelming applause by their fans.

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EARLY JOY Though Fenerbahçe entered the final week of the Turkcell Super League in the lead, tying their match with Trabzonspor meant the team lost its chance at the championship. A mistaken announcement led many fans and even players to believe that they were the champions, causing a premature celebration on their parts.


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JOURNALIST ARINÇ The Cihan news agency moved to its new headquarters on the 18th anniversary of its establishment. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arýnç attended the opening ceremony, slicing the cake and wearing a bulletproof vest and a safety helmet.

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ERDOÐAN IN ATHENS Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan arrived in the Greek capital of Athens for a two-day official visit. He was accompanied by eight government ministers. Turkish flags hung on Athens' streets were confisccated early by local security forces to prevent provoking possible outbursts.

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ERDOÐAN VISITS ATHENS Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan met his counterpart, George Papandreou, before paying a visit to Western Thrace, where he met Komotini (Gümülcine) mufti Ýbrahim Þerif and Xanthi (Ýskeçe) mufti Ahmet Mete.

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GAZA One of this year's most important news stories was the convoy to Gaza led by the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (Ă?HH) from Turkey. After the initial convoy to Gaza, which is under strict embargo by Israel, was forced to turn back, the Mavi Marmara tried to break the embargo by sea.


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GAZA A bloody raid by Israeli soldiers on the Mavi Marmara led to the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American. Israel, which took the passengers of the Mavi Marmara -- including representatives from many religions -- into custody, was forced to take a step back under pressure from Turkey and the rest of the world. Today’s Zaman newspaper photojournalist Kürþat Bayhan was among those captured and was allowed to return to Turkey five days after the raid.

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YASSIADA The Today’s Zaman daily retrieved the unpublished photos of the Yassýada court proceedings that sentenced former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes and his colleagues to death. The photos, obtained through the efforts of Abdullah Kýlýç, indicate that Presiding Judge Salim Baþol was right in saying "because that is the wish of the power that put you here" when he denied the appeals of Menderes and his ministers for an improvement in their conditions of detention. The photos revealed their maltreatment and humiliation under arrest

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FESTIVAL FOR TURKISH LANGUAGE This year saw the 8th Turkish Olympiads, with colorful scenes marking the event. The competitions featured students from Turkish schools located in more than 200 countries around the world, and audience members could barely hold back tears as a Bangladeshi student presented Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan with a portrait her father had drawn as a gift.


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GUTI Beþiktaþ delighted its supporters by signing world-famous Real Madrid star Guti.

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ALLEN IVERSON The Beþiktaþ club wasn't the only one that signed stars for its team. The Beþiktaþ basketball team also signed a contract with former NBA player Allen Iverson.


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QUARESMA’S SHOW Famous Portuguese footballer Quaresma signed a contract with Beþiktaþ and put on a show for thousands of Beþiktaþ fans at Ýnonü stadium.

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ATTACK ON MILITARY PERSONNEL SERVICE BUS A remote-controlled bomb explosion on a service bus carrying military personnel in Halkalý killed four soldiers and the 17-year-old daughter of an officer who was on her way to school. Fourteen people were also injured in the attack. Terrorists had placed the bomb in a pressure cooker and detonated it as the bus was passing by.

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TURKEY-RUSSIA ENERGY AGREEMENT Turkey signed a new cooperative agreement with Russia, the world's largest energy exporter. Arriving in Ýstanbul for the AGÝT 3rd Heads of State and Government Summit, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin posed with Prime Minister Erdoðan after signing the new energy and security agreement.

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GOLF FOR ALL The first International Turkey Handicapped Open Golf Tournament was organized by the International Handicapped Golf Union and the Golf Federation.


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ÝLHAN SELÇUK DIES Cumhuriyet newspaper head columnist and writer Ýlhan Selçuk passed away. Ceremonies were held in front of Cumhuriyet's offices in memory of Selçuk.

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TRAFFIC Of the estimated 700 traffic accidents that take place daily in Turkey, around 90 percent are a result of human error. Approximately 140,000 people have been killed in Turkey in traffic accidents over the past 27 years.

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TALL SHIPS The famous Tall Ships races, which have been a tradition since 1956 and have become almost an official promotional, cultural, historical and educational festival of world seamanship, took place for the first time ever in the waters of the Aegean, Marmara, and Black seas through the support of the Ă?stanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

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KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEK CLASHES More than 100 were killed and 250 were injured in clashes in the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic groups. A total of 75,000 Uzbeks crossed the border into Uzbekistan, seeking shelter and safety.

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FOOTBALL IN SOUTH AFRICA The largest international football event, the World Cup, took place for the first time in its 80-year history on the continent of Africa. At the tournament, marked by colorful local costumes and shows of music and dance, the vuvuzela was talked about almost as much as football itself.

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ARGENTINE DISAPPOINTMENT One of the World Cup favorites disappointed fans everywhere. With thousands of fans wanting to watch Argentine manager Diego Maradona as well as star player Lionel Messi, in the end, all that was left in the memories of many were these words from Maradona after his team's match against Germany: “This is the most painful day of my life. I feel like I have been slapped in the face.”

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ERDOÐAN-KILIÇDAROÐLU Prime Minister Erdoðan visited main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kýlýçdaroðlu at his office in Parliament to discuss terrorism.

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AN EVENTFUL ÝFTAR AT SP Supporters of the Felicity Party's (SP) founder and former leader, Necmettin Erbakan, raided the iftar (fast-breaking) dinner held by SP leader Numan Kurtulmuþ at the WOW Hotel. Kurtulmuþ, who had been re-elected party leader against Erbakan's wishes, resigned from the SP after a court ruled in favor of handing over administration of the SP to caretakers with a stipulation that an extraordinary party congress be held and went on to found the Voice of the Public Party (HAS).


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APOLOGY IN SREBRENICA The 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres, in which thousands of Bosnians were brutally killed, was the scene for meaningful moments. Following Turkish efforts on this front, five leaders from the nations that used to form the republics of Yugoslavia attended the ceremony. Hatice Mehmedoviç, who lost her husband and two sons in the massacre, shook the hand of Serbian President Boris Tadiç, who represented Serbia for the first time ever in these ceremonies.


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DOING THE CRAWL FROM ASIA TO EUROPE The 22nd Bosporus Cross-Continental swimming race was organized by the Turkish National Olympics Committee and was the scene for many colorful moments.

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ERDOÐAN IN SANDZAK Recent increased interaction between Ankara and Belgrade was given a new dimension when Prime Minister Erdoðan signed six new pacts in meetings with Serbian officials. As relations improved at the official level, locals offered a tremendous show of support for Erdoðan during his visit to Sandzak province, in a region populated by Muslims.

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PICNIC IN KAPUZBAÞI Kayseri's Kapuzbaþý Waterfalls attract not only people from the immediate region but visitors from all over the world.

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GREEK MUSLIMS Muslims in Greece are always an important topic on the national agenda. Though this religious minority is composed largely of Turks, there are also ethnically Greek Muslims. One such Greek Muslim is Mirto Zaharof, who could not hold back her tears when her life took on new meaning as she became a Muslim at a ceremony in Athens' El Selam Masjid [a small mosque or prayer room].

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ARA GÜLER POSES, STEVE MCCURY SHOOTS Among the important guests of Zaman's fifth annual +1T Design Days were internationally acclaimed newspaper designer Dr. Mario Garcia and photojournalist Steve McCurry, known for his famous “Afghan Girl” photo. McCurry could not hide his astonishment when he saw different versions of his Afghan girl image in an oil painting, an embroidered gazelle skin and a charcoal drawing. In this photo, McCurry takes a picture of famous Turkish photographer Ara Güler.


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SUMMER RAMADAN For the next 15 years, the month of Ramadan will occur during the summer. With temperatures hot and the days long, some Turks are now considering spending this month in hotels, which has spurred many in the sector into action. Some hotels offered Ramadan specials.

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ENDERUN STYLE TERAVÝH PRAYERS An old tradition of the inclusion of certain religious music in all four parts of the Terâvih prayers is known as the “Enderûn” style, which has regained some of its former popularity.


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IFTAR ON THE STREET With the month of Ramadan occurring in the summer, street iftar meals took the place of traditional tent meals. The Baþakþehir Municipality offered iftar to thousands of citizens in the municipality's Koru Park.

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SERVICE AT SÜMELA The first religious service in 88 years took place at the Sümela Monastery in Trabzon province. The liturgy, which marked the Feast of the Dormition, was officiated by Patriarch Bartholomew I. As many as 500 Orthodox Christians from Russia, Greece, Georgia and the US attended.

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RAZING THE ‘GECEKONDUS' An operation aimed at razing some of the gecekondus (shanties) of Ankara pushed neighborhood residents to throw themselves in front of the demolition equipment in protest.

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A VOYAGE EUROPE BY LAND Kicking off at Ýpsala, a tour of Europe visited Kavala, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Igoumenitsa, Bologna, Milan, Zurich, Basel, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Nis and Sofia.


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FLOOD IN PAKISTAN In the largest flood disaster in recorded history, 1,800 people in Pakistan lost their lives, and many others went missing. Nearly 2 million were affected by the floods in Pakistan, and more than 3,700 homes were swept away by the waters. Villages lost contact with the outside world as floodwaters destroyed crops and homes alike.

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1980 COUP A coup that was staged in Turkey on Sept. 12, 1980 saw the military take over the leadership of the nation. Tanks patrolled cities such as Ă?stanbul and Ankara, while the people were subject to military checks. Some were stopped at checkpoints and made to wait -- face down -- for long periods of time.

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SEPT. 12 REFERENDUM A package of amendments to the Constitution of 1982, which was drafted by the military coup leaders of Sept. 12, 1980, was voted on in a referendum that was held although the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had filed a complaint against the package with the Constitutional Court. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan cast his vote at polling box number 2130 at the Üsküdar Burhaniye Elementary School in Ýstanbul.

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SEPT. 12 REFERENDUM Although the Republican People's Party (CHP) went to the Constitutional Court over changes made to the 1982 Constitution, which was drafted by the military junta in power at the time, the amendments were put to a national referendum. The Young Civilians lent enthusiastic support to the proposed changes and celebrated the results in an event held in Ýstanbul's Taksim Square.

ERDOÐAN'S ‘YES' TOURS Rallies held across the nation succeeded in attracting the support sought by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan for the constitutional referendum. The referendum garnered the support of 58 percent of the voters.


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MUSEUM OF SHAME The Sept. 12 Museum of Shame, created by the Revolutionary '78s Federation, displays the various painful aspects of the 1980 coup.

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KENAN EVREN Many legal cases were filed against Kenan Evren and other architects of the Sept. 12, 1980 coup after articles preventing their trial were removed through a constitutional amendment package passed this year.

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LIFE CYCLE Using a method called “plastination,” German scientist Gunther von Hagens turned more than 200 human bodies into a special exhibition on the workings of the human body, called “Body Worlds.”


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RECORD HOLDERS Mardin resident Sultan Kösen, who at a height of 2.46 meters managed to enter the Guinness World Records as the tallest person in the world, came face to face with Elif Kocaman from Osmaniye, who is listed as the world's shortest person in the same records.

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GROUND ZERO MOSQUE Various protests took place against a planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, the site where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were brought down in the Sept. 11 attacks.

FREEDOM TOWER The site where the famous Twin Towers used to stand in New York is being rebuilt. In addition to the Freedom Tower that is being constructed here, a memorial will commemorate all New Yorkers killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

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BONO FINALLY IN TURKEY World famous rock band U2 and its soloist Bono, who had on a number of occasions cancelled concerts scheduled for Turkey, finally met up with their Turkish fans in Ýstanbul. A day before the concert, held at Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Bono walked across the Bosporus Bridge, which connects Europe with Asia. He said it was a dream come true.

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UNINVITED GUESTS All over the world, fans who spill onto the football field receive lots of press. In Turkey, animals are sometimes just as interested in the green grass pitch as the fans.

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ÝSA ÞÝMÞEK Sept. 8, 2010

MUSICIAN GÜROL AÐIRBAÞ Musician Gürol Aðýrbaþ, whose albums “Ýki Dünya” and “Beyaz Perde” reinterpret important musical pieces from the West with Turkish instruments, builds bridges between Eastern and Western civilizations.

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CHAMPION OF THE HEARTS Turkey hosted the 2010 World Basketball Championships, showing success not only in the general organization of the event but also in the sporting arena. The Turkish national basketball team faced the world giant, the US, in the finals and was beaten 84-61, but earned the title of World Second as well as capturing hearts throughout Turkey.

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TURKEY, US PLAY FINALS In the final match of the 2010 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship, Ömer Aþýk from the Turkish team faced off against Andre Igoudala of the US.

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MEXICAN WAVE Throughout the championships, leaders showed their support for players of the national basketball team. President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan not only watched the matches but even participated with fans in the famous Mexican wave.


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SEMÝH ERDEN SHOW With this last-minute dunk, Semih Erden became one of the players who catapulted the Turkish team into the finals in the 2010 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship.


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US BECOMES CHAMPION Defeating Turkey 81-64 in the finals, the US basketball team won the 2010 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship.

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TAHTACI WEDDINGS One of Turkey's most important traditions is the lavish weddings held by the Tahtacý people. Celebrations are supported by the young couple's parents and last for three days. They help carry on a tradition that has continued for 1,000 years.

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EURASIAN MARATHON The only marathon in the world that crosses from one continent to another, the Eurasian Marathon, was held for the 32nd time. More than 100,000 runners competed, and the sheer number of people crossing the Bosporus Bridge caused it to vibrate, frightening some participants.

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BEDÝÜZZAMAN SYMPOSIUM Mehmet Fýrýncý, Abdullah Yeðin, Abdülkadir Badýllý, Mustafa Sungur, Said Özdemir, Hüsnü Bayram and Salih Özcan, all students of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, participated in the 9th International Bediüzzaman Symposium.


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REICHSTAG DOME The architectural flourishes in Germany's Reichstag Dome, found in Berlin's parliament building complex, attract the attention of tourists from all over the world. The structure symbolizes Germany's reunification and commands a 360degree bird's eye view. Ramps that circle the dome in an upward spiral symbolize the fact that the people are above the government.

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A LIVE TRAP FOR THE POLICE A suicide bomber approached a mobile police team in Ýstanbul's Taksim Square and denoted the bomb he was carrying, killing himself and wounding 32 people, 15 of whom were police officers.

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FIRST LADIES ON THE RED CARPET German President Christian Wulff and his wife, Bettina Wulff, arrived in Turkey for an official visit and were greeted in an official ceremony at the Çankaya presidential palace by President Abdullah Gül and his wife, Hayrünnisa Gül. This was the first time Hayrünnisa Gül had ever taken part in an official welcoming ceremony and the first time soldiers on duty saluted her as first lady.


ALÝ ÜNAL Oct. 8, 2010

ERDOÐAN-JIABAO Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao arrived in Turkey for an official visit, meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan. Erdoðan, noting that trade volume between Turkey and China is at $17 billion, said the goal is to see this figure rise to $100 billion by 2020.

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LIVES DUSTED BY CHARCOAL Seasonal workers who come to Ankara from the Southeast labor at making charcoal from oak they cut from forested areas. Small children from these families make themselves a play area amidst all the charcoal, which puts them at risk of suffering from respiratory problems.

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105-YEAR-OLD GRANNY Fatma Çolak, born in 1905, the year the Galatasaray Sports Club was formed, appears at Ali Sami Yen Stadium before a Galatasaray-Ankaragücü match. There Galatasaray Club President Adnan Polat greeted Çolak with a variety of gifts. She then had her picture taken while kicking a ball into a goal.


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COMPETITION OF THE CENTURY One of the world's most important sports derbies is the annual meeting between competitors Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, rival teams for the past century. While fans wait with impatience for the showdown, players do everything they can to help bring their teams to victory. Galatasaray's Sabri Sarýoðlu tries to take the ball from his Fener rivals, helping give the derby the excitement for which it is renowned.

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A SHOW OF RESIGNATION AT THE HSYK Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) President Kadir Özbek, permanent members Musa Tekin, Suna Türkoðlu and Cem Erbük, and three alternate members all resigned in the wake of a constitutional referendum, saying the “council was not able to work.”

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NATIONAL FOREIGNERS The Turkish and German national football teams faced each other at the 2012 European Football Championships eliminations, with two of the most hard-working names at these games being ethnic Turkish Germany footballer Mesut Özil and ethnic Brazilian Turkey player Mehmet Aurelio.

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THE LEGEND, ALL OVER AGAIN Gheorghe Hagi, known for the important role he played in the Galatasaray club winning the UEFA Cup and the Super Cup, took the helm of this club for a second time, this time as technical director. The Romanian coach, who played with Galatasaray during its 2004-2005 season, aims to show the same success in directing the team as he did with his playing.

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ARÝF DOÐAN IN COURT Retired Col. Arif Doðan arrived in court in a wheelchair to give testimony on various allegations, including that it was he who formed the secretive JÝTEM organization, that he helped Cem Ersever to murder Eþref Bitlis and that Hizbullah was in fact established by the state.

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CAPTAIN ERDOÐAN Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan attended ceremonies marking the addition of new aircraft to the Turkish Airlines (THY) fleet, which has made news with its most recent investments and growth. After the ceremony Prime Minister Erdoðan toured a new plane and posed for reporters in the cockpit.

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SUPPORT FOR ÖCALAN Tension marked a show of support by members of the Peace and Democracy Platform, supported by a number of parliamentary deputies, on the 12th anniversary of Abdullah Öcalan's forced departure from Syria. Police forces surrounded the group shouting slogans in support of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in an effort to protect them from the crowd.

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FRIDAY PRAYERS AT THE RUINS OF ANÝ Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli attended Friday prayers at the ruins of Ani on the border between Turkey and Armenia along with around 40 MHP deputies. After services were allowed to be held at the Sümela Monastery and the Akdamar Church, the MHP asked and received permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to hold Friday prayers at Ani's Fethiye Mosque.


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MOZAMBIQUE With a population of 20 million, Mozambique, which lies on the coast of southeast Africa, is around 17 percent Muslim. The nation was under the colonial rule of Portugal for 500 years and then gained its independence in 1975, though its official language is still Portuguese. In the capital, Maputo, watching life pass by is a pleasant pastime, as people gather crabs when the tide goes out, selling them to make a living.

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ÝSTANBUL AND FOG Those periods when sudden changes in temperature occur tend to leave Ýstanbul with many foggy days. While such weather can spell disaster for road, sea and air transportation, it can be a blessing for photographers.

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EKÞÝ RESIGNS Veteran Hürriyet daily columnist Oktay Ekþi resigned from the paper after writing a column in which he insulted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan. Ekþi had worked at Hurriyet since 1966 and had been a head columnist since 1974. Ekþi also resigned as head of the Press Council.


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BALLOT BOXES HEAD OUT TO THE PEOPLE The Ukrainian Electoral Commission decided to bring ballot boxes all the way to the nation's villages to ensure that as many people as possible participated in the country's presidential elections. This decision meant that the handicapped, the elderly and the infirm were all guaranteed a chance to cast their vote.

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DAYS OF CHOLERA IN HAITI The Caribbean's poorest nation, Haiti, experienced a second enormous disaster in the wake of an earthquake that struck earlier this year: a cholera epidemic. While around 1,500 people have already been killed by the cholera outbreak, which began in September, around 20,000 people nationwide are showing signs of the disease. Cholera is spreading from the Artibonite River in the north of the country and, moving quickly, has reached the capital of Port au Prince. People in Haiti look for treatment in clinics set up by the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders, but life remains very difficult. As a result of the earthquake, around 1.5 million people now live in tents in Port-au-Prince and, in the meantime, the streets of the capital have literally turned into a trash dump. Finding clean water and food is very difficult.

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THE KAABA The heart of the Muslim world, the Kaaba once again entered the period of its most exciting days. Around 5 million Muslims, coming from a variety of backgrounds and speaking a multitude of languages, stand united in faith as they perform the hajj.

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STOWAWAY HAJJ Saudi Arabia has instituted a quota system that limits the number of people who can participate in the hajj every year, leaving millions of Muslims unable to take part. Because of this, thousands who arrive in Mecca for the umrah (a visit during non-hajj season) wind up overstaying their legally allotted time, living on the streets and in tents until the hajj.

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SITKI PASSES AWAY The man who introduced the world to Turkish tiles, Sýtký Olçar, passed away. Known as the Picasso of tiles, Sýtký Usta brought a new dimension of dynamism to the famed Kütahya porcelains and tiles.

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HAYDARPAÞA ABLAZE A fire was sparked by an electrical short circuit in the roof of Istanbul's historic Haydarpaþa Train Station. Firefighters fought hard to put it out both on land and by sea. The fire was contained, but it destroyed the roof completely.

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A VISUAL SHOW AT HAYDARPAÞA While repairs on the roof continued, Haydarpaþa hosted cultural events. A video mapping show was performed on the Haydarpaþa Train Station's wall as part of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture project.


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A PROTEST WITH EGGS Several students threw eggs at parliamentary Constitutional Commission Chairman Burhan Kuzu, who was participating in a conference titled "Constitution in Turkey." His bodyguards tried to protect him by using their umbrellas. The police used tear gas to disperse the protesters. A group of young people from the World Democracy Movement protested the egg-throwing students and cooked an omelet at Abdi Ýpekçi Park.


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HOLLYWOOD STARS AT ‘SULTANIN SIRRI’ Mark Dacascos and Emanuel Betencourt starred in the movie "Sultanýn Sýrrý" (The Secret of the Sultan), directed by Hakan Þahin, and written by Ömer Erbil. Dacascos, who said he always dreamed of acting in a film featuring Ýstanbul, came to Ýstanbul for the film's premiere.

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