Miracle He was 'almost dead' in that all his vital functions had ceased. Following a four-and-a-half-hour operation, he 'came back to life.' It was truly a miracle Tea and talk They were taken to Birdal's office. With Birdal's usual kindness, they were offered tea and started to talk, staying there for at least 20 minutes Regaining consciousness Doctors were cautious in the hours following the operation. They knew that Birdal was regaining consciousness and had asked for water. He sent his greetings to
Recovery possible? Now the question is not only whether Birdal will recover from his wounds, but whether Turkey can easily recover from such an international display of its shaky rule of law and order Birdal praised The Human Rights Watch organization, based in New York, praised the IHD chairman: 'Despite more than 20 criminal cases filed against him, Birdal continued his vocal, high-profile struggle to improve human rights for all citizens of Turkey' Death threats After the accusations against him were
Same scenario: no agreement, no solution, disputes will go on Southern Cyprus is not whole of Cyprus Reference in the ministers' text noting that Cyprus had begun membership talks with the European Union was accompanied by a statement that Turkey had disassociated itself from the comment. EU talks are being held with the Greek Cypriot government Ankara prefers 'Macedonia' Ankara also objected to the use of the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia elsewhere in the text, saying it recognized the
Munich- Reuters The German People's Union (DVU), which recorded the best post-war result for the far right in a German state last month, announced on Friday it would run in September's general election. The DVU, which Germany's internal security agency has called anti-Semitic and racist, won 12.9 percent of the vote in a state election in the economically depressed eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt last month. The scale of the party's success, which polling institutes failed to predict, sparked memories of
Tokyo- Reuters When would-be lovers in Japan meet that special someone these days, they can truly say bells have rung. Or, more properly, bleeped. A love detector that bleeps when the chance of romance comes near has taken the Japanese market by storm, ringing up sales unseen since a distant cousin, the "Tamagotchi," burst on the scene two years ago. But while the Tamagotchi -- an electronic virtual pet that has to be "fed" and "cleaned" by punching buttons -- was about
Surprise: We report constantly on coaches quitting or being fired, so it is odd to discover that 10 Turkish Soccer League teams finished the season under the same trainers Antalya- Turkish Daily News In Turkey (and not only in Turkey) it seems that almost as soon as the soccer season begins news of coaching casualties starts along with it. Poor results lead with surprising speed to the firing or resignation of the unfortunate trainers and we have had plenty such departures to report this season.
Rome- Reuters Michael Chang sent world number one Pete Sampras tumbling out of the Italian Open in the third round while Marcelo Rios gave another awesome display of his abilities to dispatch Thomas Muster in less than an hour. Chang triumphed 6-2, 7-6, clinching the match 8-6 in a thrilling tie-break as top seed Sampras once again struggled to adapt his game to Rome's red clay courts. Astonishingly, Chang easily out-served his fellow American, never double-faulting and hitting 11 aces to Sampras's five.
From the tarmac that 50 years ago was a lifeline for besieged West Berliners, US president salutes the American and allied pilots of the Cold War's first nervy showdown Berlin- Reuters U.S. President Bill Clinton celebrated on Thursday the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, a turning point of the Cold War, as he sought to prevent a nuclear arms race from erupting in South Asia. Clinton, along with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, paid tribute to the airlift's U.S. and British "Candy
letter 15 May 1998, The shooting of Akin Birdal We are shocked and deeply grieved by the attack on Akin Birdal, a man we take honor in calling our friend and colleague. Our organization and the IHD have cooperated for many years, and we have nothing but respect and admiration for the work of Akin Birdal and his associates. In our cooperation with the IHD and Akin Birdal we have also come to recognize his personal importance as a national and international human rights defender. The fact that such a man,
The DYP-CHP-FP alliance From a May 14 article by Hurriyet's Sedat Ergin: Republican People's Party (CHP) Leader Deniz Baykal has surprised the people once again by supporting in Parliament a motion presented against Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz two days ago. Also on the same day, the CHP supported the motion presented by the True Path Party (DYP) to have Public Works Minister Yasar Topcu investigated by Parliament for alleged irregularities in the awarding of the Black Sea motorway construction contract.
Strasbourg - Reuters The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the line-up of the board which will run the European Central Bank, asserting its authority as the only body which will be able to question it. "They were able to convince us that they have great personal integrity, along with great experience, that they are well-versed in their subject," said Christa Randzio-Plath, the Parliament's rapporteur on the six nominees. "The European Central Bank is to have the executive board
DSP leader says CHP obtaining 'benefits' from backing government ILNUR CEVIK Ankara - Turkish Daily News Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit opposes early elections in 1999 and says the government first has to obtain results from its reforms before going to the ballot box. In the second part of his exclusive interview with the Turkish Daily News, the deputy prime minister and leader of the coalition partner Democratic Left Party (DSP) said the Republican People's Party (CHP) should be consistent in its
Potsdam, Germany- Reuters U.S. President Bill Clinton and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met on Wednesday for talks which are likely to be overshadowed by India's nuclear tests. Clinton was formally welcomed by Kohl at the Neues Palais, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, the 18th century king who transformed Prussia into a military power. The two leaders listened to each country's national anthem and reviewed hundreds of German troops under a clear blue sky in the palace courtyard. They moved to
Bonn- Reuters Germany's Social Democrats accused Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats on Wednesday of sabotaging talks on forming a regional coalition in order to gain advantage in September's federal election. Talks between the two parties in the economically depressed eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt collapsed on Tuesday over differences on how to deal with radical left and right-wing parties there. Parties at state and national levels were plunged into soul-searching after the far right German
Military experts see this as a deterrent against Iran, with whom the UAE is at loggerheads over ownership of three strategic Gulf islands Washington- Reuters The United Arab Emirates said it will buy 80 state-of-the-art F-16 warplanes built by the U.S. company Lockheed Martin Corp. in a deal worth about $6 billion. The UAE and the United States said in a joint statement Abu Dhabi would acquire "80 F-16 Block 60 fighters ... as a significant step towards strengthening the UAE's defense
Ankara - Turkish Daily News An armed attack on the Human Rights Association (IHD) chairman, Akin Birdal, was condemned by Western embassies in Ankara. "The U.S. Embassy condemns a vicious assassination attempt against a leading human rights figure. We hope for his speedy recovery. The embassy has conveyed the ambassador's personal concerns to the IHD and to Birdal's family. We understand that the police are investigating and that the perpetrators will quickly be brought to justice," said a
ROBIN SIDEL June may be the traditional time for weddings, but May is proving to be a banner month for corporate marriages. So far, a staggering $114 billion worth of mergers involving U. S. companies have been announced this month, according to New Jersey-based Securities Data Co. If the blistering pace continues, the number of companies tying the knot in May could soar past those of record-setting April, when $260 billion worth of deals were struck. The mega-merger trend accelerated on Monday --
'Kurds have no criminal record in Greece' 'If we start a dialogue with Turkey we'll never solve our problems' UGUR AKINCI Washington -- Turkish Daily News A senior Greek official visiting Washington made it clear to a select audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that, if his pessimistic and rather simplistic view of Turkish politics is true, there will probably never be peace between the two NATO neighbors. Yannos Kranidiotis, the Greek deputy foreign minister, admitted that
The EU's defense arm, the WEU, has long failed to take on a military role since many governments want the US-led NATO alliance to remain the key European security provider Ankara - Turkish Daily News European Union (EU) defense and foreign ministers debated European security issues on Tuesday at a meeting of the Western European Union (WEU) on the Greek island of Rhodes as the efforts to bolster the WEU -- the EU's young defense arm -- were frustrated here and may even have been buried by disagreements
Ankara - Turkish Daily News Human rights campaigners all over the world slammed the assassination attempt against Turkey's leading human rights activist, Akin Birdal. "I am in tears, in total shock, I am angry and sad..." said Claudia Roth of the Greens group in the European Parliament to the Turkish Daily News. Roth stated that she had relayed the news about the Human Rights Association (IHD) Chairman Birdal to a plenary session of the European Parliament, which is working on a draft
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