Turkish leaders' foreign visits, Turkish CB's interest rate hike, Fed's decision to taper its stimulus program, Turkish armed forces' strike on ISIL and reassignment of prosecutors on December 17 graft probe are among stories that make headlines on Thursday.


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Turkish dailies cover President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visits to Italy and Iran, respectively.

Dailies Sabah and Bugun say Gul discussed Turkey's European Union membership bid with President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, thanking him for Italy's support to Turkey and urging for a removing of obstacles in Turkey's way to full membership.

Prime Minister Erdogan's meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani feature in the majority of Turkish papers, which quote Erogan as saying "Iran is our second home," as the two major countries pledged to enhance their high-level cooperation.

Dailies write that Erdogan said his government had "B and C plans" for the economy, after the Turkish Central Bank rose interest rates to stem the rise of the dollar against the lira. Erdogan had earlier said he was opposed to raising the rates.

Turkish dailies cover US Federal Reserve's decision scale back its economic stimulus by reducing its monthly bond purchases by $10bn. Daily Milliyet writes the move means outflow of money from emerging markets.

The dailies cover an artillery strike by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on a convoy near the Syrian border that belonged to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Daily Cumhuriyet says the strike came after an ISIL mortar landed near a Turkish security checkpoint. The TSK attack damaged vehicles in the convoy, the daily adds.

Turkish dailies also cover the two prosecutors on December 17 corruption investigation who were reassigned to different posts on Wednesday by the new chief prosecutor.

Daily Taraf says a total of ninety prosecutors were relocated from the Istanbul Justice Department on Wednesday.

Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 11:26
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