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    EU attacks Turkey deadline plan

    The EU's Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn, has urged Germany and France not to step up the pressure on Turkey over its membership bid. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested an 18-month deadline for Turkey to open its ports to traffic from Cyprus to keep its bid alive. She and...
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    Cyprus 'may veto' EU-Turkey talks

    Cyprus has threatened to block Turkey's EU membership talks unless Ankara lifts its trade restrictions on Nicosia. The European Commission on Wednesday recommended that some elements of the talks with Turkey should be frozen until Ankara opens its ports to Cyprus. A Cypriot government...
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    EU urged to freeze Turkey talks

    The European Commission has recommended that some elements of talks with Turkey about its hopes of joining the EU should be frozen. The recommendations follow the breakdown of talks over the divided island of Cyprus. Turkey's refusal to recognise the Cypriot government has become an obstacle...
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    Finns strive for EU-Turkey deal

    Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will visit Turkey on Friday in a fresh effort to rescue Ankara's troubled EU accession bid. The announcement came a day after Finland - currently the EU president - said Turkey's negotiations were deadlocked over the Cyprus problem. Turkey wants the EU...
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    Searching for 'our alien origins'

    I'll be watching this tonight.... In July 2001, a mysterious red rain started falling over a large area of southern India. Locals believed that it foretold the end of the world, though the official explanation was that it was desert dust that had blown over from Arabia. But one scientist in...
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    Turks stoical about EU report

    Turkish papers have reacted coolly to the European Union report criticising the progress Turkey has made on reforms ahead of talks on possible EU membership. One commentator appeals for calm before the all-important EU summit in December, and there is a general feeling that Turkey must be...
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    Brussels condemns 'slow' Turkey

    The European Commission has given a critical verdict on Turkey's progress towards EU membership. A report published a year after entry talks began says the pace of reforms has slowed, and calls for urgent steps to ensure freedom of speech. But it stops short of recommending any slowing or...
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    Turkish Cypriots spurn EU plan

    By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, northern Cyprus Famagusta port is a hive of activity as dockers unload used cars and animal feed from ships moored in the shadow of ancient castle walls. It is a run-down site on the coast of northern Cyprus. But suddenly this is centre-stage in Turkey's latest...
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    Turks cool towards 'unfaithful' Europe

    By William Horsley BBC European Affairs analyst Is Europe losing Turkey? New tensions threaten to harm a strategic bond that has long been seen as vital to the West's security. Turkey became a member of the Nato alliance before Germany, and remains a bastion of stability in a region marked...
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    Robust economy raises Turkey's hopes

    Analysis By Jorn Madslien Business reporter, BBC News The robustness of Turkey's economy, which has staged an impressive recovery since the country's 2000-1 financial crisis, faced its toughest test yet earlier this year. Both the lira and the stock market took a tumble as investors...
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    EU alarmed by Turkey reform woes

    EU alarmed by Turkey reform woes By Oana Lungescu BBC News, Brussels A draft European Commission report raises fresh doubts about Turkey's bid to join the EU. The draft, seen by the BBC ahead of its publication next week, says the pace of reforms has slowed down and it urges Turkey to...
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    This is to warn of a very dangerous virus currently being circulated. The virus is capable of being passed electronically, orally and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss or anyone else via any means...
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    Pamuk wins Nobel Literature prize

    Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Pamuk, 54, has gained a reputation for tackling controversial issues through his novels and has faced legal action in his homeland. Awarded by the Swedish Academy, the Literature Prize comes with a cheque for 10m kronor...
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    French in Armenia 'genocide' row

    The French parliament has adopted a bill making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered "genocide" at the hands of the Turks, infuriating Turkey. The bill, which provides for a year in jail and a heavy fine, still needs approval from the Senate and president. Turkey called the decision a...
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    Enhanced Satellite Images

    Just to let you all know that the satellite images of Akbuk on Google Earth have been upgraded/enhanced. I can clearly see my house from here! :lol: Phil
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