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RUNAWAY BRIDE HEADS HOME

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A lovestruck girl of 14 who ran off to Turkey to marry a barman has reluctantly agreed to return home.
Rachel Lloyd is on her way home to Wrexham - but insists she wants to stay with her 24-year-old lover Mehmet Ozkan.
She is flying to Istanbul before catching a connecting flight to Manchester on Sunday, the Foreign Office said.
When asked by reporters if she wanted to leave Turkey and return home, she tearfully shook her head and answered \"no, I want to stay\".
Rachel was reunited with father Bob and sister Beckie, 16, last night.
She was distraught after Ocack was detained by Turkish police investigating their relationship.
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US wants 90,000 troops in Turkey for Iraq war

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US wants 90,000 troops in Turkey for Iraq war
Ecevit says AKP suggested referendum on US request, Straw says British support for Turkey in EU unrelated to Iraq.
ANKARA & LONDON - The United States wants to place 90,000 soldiers in Turkey and have use of six airfields and two ports for any military action against Iraq, former prime minister Bulent Ecevit said in Friday\'s press.

Ecevit, in an interview with the Hurriyet daily, said Ankara had received the request before last month\'s election which knocked him out of office but did not give its close NATO ally a response.

\"We told them we would study the request,\" Ecevit told the paper. He added that the head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) which won the elections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had suggested a referendum on the US request.

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\'\'I AM OFFENDED WITH YOUR STATEMENT\'\'

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PoliticsJustice and Development Party (AK Party) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Abdullah Gul met with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Jacques Chirac of France who were lobbying against Turkey. During the meeting, Prime Minister Gul expressed Turkey\'s regret over statement of President Chirac who said that Turkey should be gentle and civilized. Meanwhile, Chirac and Schroeder assured Turkey that new member countries would not prevent Turkey from becoming a full member of the EU.

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Berlusconi: There Is A Seat For Turkey At The E.U. Table

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HURRIYET- Columnist Ferai Tinc writes on the European Union’s Copenhagen summit. A summary of her column is as follows:

‘Will it be just like the Last Supper?’ I asked Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in Copenhagen, pointing out to him yesterday’s Hurriyet with its reproduction of da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper,’ which the paper believes very much resembles the picture of the Christian European world today. Really, I was trying to ask him whether there’s a seat reserved for a Muslim country at the EU table. ‘No, it won’t be like the Last Supper,” answered Berlusconi. ‘But we’re trying to do our utmost to reserve a seat for Turkey.’
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Moderate Earthquake Jolts Kahramanmaras

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General NewsANDIRIN - There were not any immediate reports of casualties and damage in the moderate earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale which jolted southern province of Kahramanmaras at 3.02 a.m. on Saturday.

Murat Cekmen, the head official of Andirin town, told the A.A correspondent that there were not any immediate reports of casualties and damages in the town and surrounding villages.

The earthquake was also felt in neighboring towns and provinces.
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Turkey vows reform after EU rebuff

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PoliticsCOPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Turkey\'s prime minister is promising to press ahead with human rights and democracy reforms amid frustration over the mainly Muslim country\'s exclusion from the European Union.

The EU on Friday agreed the financial terms to bring in 10 countries -- setting the stage for its largest expansion ever -- but said Ankara must wait until at least the end of 2004 before talks can begin on its membership.
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T.A.I. And Boeing - Wichita Sign Contract

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BusinessANKARA - Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Boeing-Witchita signed a contract on 69 million U.S. dollars of project contract.

A statement of TAI said on Friday that the contract was signed in Wichita installations of Boeing and covered five project packages worth of 500 million U.S. dollars that would continue for ten years.

The project covers production of 6,500 parts belonging to Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 model aircraft.

In addition to 100 sets of 747 landing gear components for Boeing 747; 7,514 detail parts and 2,550 assemblies for Boeing 737; 1,400 detail parts and 364 assemblies for Boeing 767; and 575 detail parts and 86 assemblies for Boeing 777 will be manufactured in TAI between 2003 and 2008 under the first project contract.

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Schroder Salomon Smith Barney Forecasts Turkey To Complete 2002 With 6.3 Percent Growth

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BusinessLONDON/ANKARA - International investment consultation organization Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (SSSB) forecast on Wednesday that Turkey will complete 2002 with 6.3 percent of growth. According to economic analysis of SSSB, the growth rate of Turkey increased as exports climbed 16 percent annually. Thus, SSSB revised upward its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecast for year-end to 6.3 percent. Turkish economy grew by 7.8 percent in the third quarter 2002 which comprises July, August and September months when compared with the same quarter of last year. State Minister Ali Babacan had also said that the predictions about growth rate which is expected to be six percent in 2002 gained strength.
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US. Oil Interest in Turkey

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BusinessOil executives from around the world are in Istanbul this week for talks with the Turkish government and the governments of oil-rich central Asian countries. The main topic for discussion is Turkey\'s role as a conduit for oil pipelines. But as Aaron Glantz reports from Istanbul, the real prize for the oil executives is just a few miles southeast in Iraq...
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Is it in Turkey\'s interests to join this Christian club?

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OpinionsMartin Woollacott
Friday December 13, 2002
The Guardian

There was no question of \"hostile feelings\", the spokesman said, and every interest in \"peace and cooperation\". But, since they represented \"different cultures and different understandings of the world\", there could be no natural union between Europe and Turkey. It was an unwise and unrealistic plan.
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