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The Coat of arms of Turkey.

Coat of arms of Turkey
Turkey at the intersect of Europe, Asia and Africa
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Yurtta Baris, Dunyada Baris
“Peace at home, peace in the world”

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,
founder of the Republic of Turkey


Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye), known officially as the Republic of Turkey (About this sound Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan (the exclave of Nakhichevan) and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus are to the south; the Aegean Sea and Archipelago are to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. Separating Anatolia and Thrace are the Sea of Marmara and the Turkish Straits (the Bosporus and the Dardanelles), which are commonly reckoned to delineate the border between Asia and Europe, thereby making Turkey transcontinental.

The region comprising modern Turkey has seen the birth of major civilisations including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Owing to its strategic location at the intersect of two continents, Turkey's culture is a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition, often described as a bridge between the two civilisations.

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Bodrum panorama

Bodrum (from Petronium; formerly Halicarnassus (Turkish: Halikarnas, Ancient Greek: Αλικαρνασσός)) is a Turkish port town in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of the country. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova, and it faces the Greek island of Kos. Today, it is an international center of tourism and yachting. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times. The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was here.

Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbor and the International Marina. The castle grounds includes a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.

The region includes the municipalities of Bodrum, Turgutreis, Ortakent, Türkbükü, Yalıkavak and Gümüşlük, and numerous recent tourist-oriented developments were built or are being built across the district area. The peninsula extends across an exceptionally dry belt contrasting even with its immediately neighboring regions, and poor rainfall results in a constant shortage of potable water, an issue that became more critical lately, with newcoming settlers and the visitors.

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On the banks of the Çoruh River near the village of Yusufeli, Artvin province

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  • 17 October 2007: The Parliament of Turkey has voted to authorize strategic operations against the PKK in northern Iraq for a one year timeframe. Cemil Çiçek, Deputy Prime Minister, expressed the government's frustration with Iraq and the West, noting that not a single PKK member had been extradited to Turkey. The reaction by President Bush was to note that Turkey was informed that "we don't think it is in their interest to send troops into Iraq".(Turkish Daily News Online)
  • 17 October 2007: The High Electoral Board (YSK) of Turkey said today that the Turkish referendum dealing with constitutional reforms will go ahead as planned on Sunday, 21 October. The President of the YSK, Muammer Aydın, stated that they had "decided by a majority of voted to hold the referendum".(Turkish Daily News Online)
  • 17 October 2007: The International Monetary Fund told Turkey on Monday that the targeted number for a primary surplus should be at 6.5 percent of GNP in 2008. By doing so, managing director Rodrigo de Rato mentioned, it has given Turkey the ability to decrease monetary troubles.(Turkish Daily News Online)
  • 17 October 2007: The Turkish national team lost a close affair to the Greek national team in football 1-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifying match this evening in Istanbul. Giannis Amanatidis put the ball in the back of the net in the 78th minute past Volkan Demirel to guarantee Greece a place in the finals of the tournament.(
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Ahmet Necdet Sezer

Ahmet Necdet Sezer (born September 13, 1941 in Afyonkarahisar) was the tenth President of the Republic of Turkey. The Grand National Assembly of Turkey elected Sezer in 2000 after Süleyman Demirel's seven year term expired. He is succeeded by Abdullah Gül.

After finishing Afyonkarahisar High School in 1958, he graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1962 and began his career as a judge in Ankara. Following his military service at the Military Academy, he served first as a judge in Dicle and Yerköy, and later he became a supervisory judge in the High Court of Appeals in Ankara. In 1978 he received LL.M. in civil law from the Faculty of Law in Ankara University.

On 7 March 1983, Sezer was elected as a member to the High Court of Appeals. As he was a member in the Second Chamber of Law, he was nominated by the plenary assembly of the High Court of Appeals among the three candidates for appointment as member of the Constitutional Court. On 27 September 1988, he was appointed by the President Kenan Evren as a member of the Constitutional Court. On 6 January 1998, Ahmet Necdet Sezer was elected chief justice of the Constitutional Court.

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Byzantine era church built inside Alanya Castle

Alanya (pronounced [ɑˈlɑnjɑ]) is a seaside resort city and district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, 120 km (75 miles) from the city of Antalya. The municipal district, which includes the city center, has close to 400,000 inhabitants. The population is almost entirely of Anatolian origin, but is home to almost 10,000 European residents, with a growing presence in the city and its economy.

Because of its natural strategic position on a small peninsula into the Mediterranean Sea below the Taurus Mountains, Alanya has been a local stronghold for many Mediterranean-based empires, including the Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Alanya's greatest political importance came in the Middle Ages with the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm under the rule of Alaeddin Keykubad I, from whom the city derives its name. His building campaign resulted in many of the city's landmarks, such as the Kızıl Kule (Red Tower), Tersane (Shipyard), and Alanya Castle.


There is no reply to the ignorant like keeping silence.
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