Turkish dailies covered Friday Fenerbahce's loss to Benfica in Champions League semi-finals, a police officer killed in clashes on Turkey-Syria border, the announcement of the result of Turkey's nuclear project tender and the record rise of Turkish stock exchange.


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All the dailies covered Fenerbahce's defeat by Benfica in the second-leg of the Europa League semi-final tie, where a narrow 1-0 victory in Istanbul was not enough to help the Turkish canaries overcome the home dominance of Portuguese Benfica, who were handed their only home defeat by Spanish giants Barcelona this season in all competitions.

Daily Sabah headlined "It's OK, Boys", saying Fenerbahce got very close to qualifying for their first ever European cup final, but a 3-1 Benfica victory in Portugal meant the dream would not come true. Daily Vatan published "Aldirma Gonul" (no worries), a wordplay on the name of Turkish defender Gokhan Gonul, who sustained a serious injury at the 57th minute after a hard tackle by Benfica's Gaitan and was carried to hospital but he was reported to be in stable condition. Dailies Cumhuriyet and Zaman published headlines thanking Fenerbahce for their efforts in coming this far in the tournament.

Police officer killed on Turkey-Syria border

Turkish dailies covered the killing of a Turkish police officer, Ferhat Avci, due to a gunshot wound when Syrian shelter-seekers opened fire at Turkish border officials after being denied entry into Turkey.

Daily Cumhuriyet headlined "Police officer martyred on border", saying a push by about 1,000 Syrians to forcibly cross the border resulted in Avci's death, as well as ten injuries and the burning down of Akcakale customs booth and several cars in the neighborhood.

Daily Turkiye published "Refuge terror on border" and said, "Refugees fleeing the internal conflict in their country finally targeted 'Turkey, who reached out a helping hand to tens of thousands of refugees.'"

Nuclear plant project undertaken by Franco-Japanese consortium

Turkish dailies also covered Prime Minister Erdogan's announcement of the result of a 22 billion dollar tender on the construction of a nuclear power plant in northernmost province of Sinop. Erdogan said the project would be undertaken by Japanese Mitsubishi and French Areva, along with GDF Suez. Daily Milliyet headlined "a day worth 32 billion dollars", referring to the nuclear plant project as well as the tender for a third airport in Istanbul. Daily Sabah published "Turkish boost to French markets", saying that Erdogan's announcement on Franco-Japanese undertaking of the nuclear power plant construction project led to a rise in several companies' shares in Paris stock exchange.

Turkish markets on the rise

Turkish dailies covered the notable rise in Bourse Istanbul, producing a record level upwards of 87,000. Daily Vatan headlined "Spring Joy at Bourse Istanbul" saying, "Expectations of an upgrade by Moody's, solution process and interests falling to 5.02% boosted Bourse Istanbul." 

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