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TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (1).

ANKARA, Mar 13, 2011 (TUR) -- These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on March 13, 2011. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET

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DIDEM YAMAN'S BODY FOUND

Body of Didem Yaman who was reported missing after a powerful earthquake that shook New Zealand on February 22 was found in a wreckage of a shopping mall on Saturday. Yaman, 31, was a research assistant at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. Yaman was reported missing after the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch.

IKLIM BAYRAKTAR IN HUNGER STRIKE

It was revealed that Odatv reporter Iklim Bayraktar who said that she was sexually harassed by Deniz Baykal, former chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), was among those who went on hunger strike in January 2004 when Star newspaper's assets were seized. Bayraktar was one of the names close to Cem Uzan.

MILLIYET

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JAPAN WITHSTANDS DOOMSDAY, BUT IS TURKEY READY FOR A QUAKE?

Building regulations in Turkey are just like the one in Japan. However, only one of every ten buildings is constructed in full compliance with regulations. Professor Cemal Gokce, an executive of the Chamber of Civil Engineers, says the real problem in Turkey is not regulations. He said it is the lack of inspection.

Gokce says he examined 1,030 projects in Istanbul in 2008.

"90 percent of these projects were not built properly, so we rejected them. Some of the contractors fixed problems but some of them got their licences from the municipality. This is the problem. How can they get those licenses?" he says.

GREEK CYPRIOT TRAP IN MARAS

Two members of the European Parliament, Walesa and Zasada, were arrested by Turkish forces when they entered the forbidden zone in Maras illegally. These two people were later released. It turned out that Walesa, who is former Polish President's son, was misled by his Greek Cypriot guide.

SABAH

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JUNE 12, MILESTONE FOR 100TH YEAR

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained goals for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. Erdogan said, "Turkey will take its place among the 10 largest economies of the world in 2023."

"I hope that June 12 (when parliamentary election will be held) will be a milestone for the country," he said.

NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE

A powerful explosion hit a nuclear power station in Fukushima in north-eastern Japan which was badly damaged in Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami. A building housing a reactor was destroyed. The news sparked fears of a risk of a further explosion or leak of radioactive material. A huge rescue and relief operation is under way in the region after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which are thought to have killed more than 700 people.

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