Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turkey’s 'strategic depth' in Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey’s 'strategic depth' in Syria

The controversy around Turkish military intrusion into Syria to remove the alleged sanctuary of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire continues. The 8,797-square-meter (94,690-square-foot) piece of land that the tomb was constructed on is considered as Turkish national territory according to the Turco-French Treaty of 1921 and the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923, the legal basis of the Republic of Turkey, also an international law document of historical importance.

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British Authorities Seek to Pull ISIS 'Travel Guide' Offline

British Authorities Seek to Pull ISIS ‘Travel Guide’ Offline

by John Hayward26 Feb 20151

Scotland Yard is trying to have a fifty-page “how-to” manual published by ISIS for foreign recruits, teaching them how to slip past international authorities and hook up with the jihad in Syria, removed from the Internet. It’s not certain if the manual was read by the three Muslim girls who left their London homes to join the Islamic State, but they are prominently mentioned in the UK Guardian’s story about the Travel Guide of Terror: “On Tuesday, the Metropolitan police said it believed that Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, had entered Syria despite the tearful appeals of their families. The Muslims, who are thought to have been lured by jihadi propaganda, were on half-term break when they flew from Gatwick airport to Turkey, a common entry point to war-torn Syria.”

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Besiktas 1 (1), Liverpool 0 (1) (5-4 Pens): Debacle in Istanbul - The Liverpool Offside

Besiktas 1 (1), Liverpool 0 (1) (5-4 Pens): Debacle in Istanbul

By Nerf

@UncleSalty91 on Feb 26, 2015, 11:05p 35

There was no miracle awaiting Liverpool on their return to the Ataturk Stadium this time. Brendan Rodgers' men arrived in Turkey in relative control of their own fate, but left in shatters thanks to a combination of questionable tactics and inconsequential football.

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AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions | ArchDaily

AA Visiting School Istanbul: Cellular Re-Visions

26 Feb 2015
by Sponsored Post

AA Istanbul Visiting School is beginning an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes, which will then be transformed into digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be focused on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

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Member of Turkey’s ruling party boasts of suing 3,000 Twitter users for ‘insulting’ him | National Post

Member of Turkey’s ruling party boasts of suing 3,000 Twitter users for ‘insulting’ him

As Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) tightens its control over the country, it’s using every means at its disposal to silence its many critics, including ordinary citizens.

Ankara mayor and AKP member Melih Gokcek, for instance, boasts of suing 3,000 Twitter users for “insulting” him.

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Fighting IS not a priority for Turkey: US spy chief - Channel NewsAsia

Fighting IS not a priority for Turkey: US spy chief

The Turkish government was more concerned with Kurdish opposition and the country's economy, the director of national intelligence said.

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Opinion: Erdoğan’s Dangerous Power Game

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Dangerous Power Game

According to Western governments, more than 12,000 of their citizens have traveled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in various capacities including frontline fighters. Estimates also show that 8,000 citizens of some 20 other nations have also traveled to ISIS-held territory to lend a helping hand.

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Turkish stand attracts interest at LA tourism show - Daily Sabah

Turkish stand attracts interest at LA tourism show
ANADOLU AGENCY
LOS ANGELES

The International Los Angeles Tourism and Adventure Show, one of the world's most important tourism events, took place in Long Beach with the participation of over 3,000 tourism professionals from around the world. The Turkish Airlines stand and the stand of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office attracted the interest of visitors during the fair. Turkish desert was offered to visitors asking about travel destinations in Turkey.

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Stop violence against women

Stop violence against women
Publish Date: Feb 26, 2015

By Alex Lawrenced Lubulwa

On the 21st February, 2015, groups of men, demonstrated in different towns in Turkey, dressed in women’s skirts, protesting the brutal murder of a young woman.

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Four Turks to fly to space soon - LOCAL

Four Turks to fly to space soon

Burak Coşan ISTANBUL

An expedition to space is not a dream anymore four lucky Turks, shortlisted for the “pure space experience” trip organized by the SCX company.

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Is loneliness the AKP’s or Turkey’s fate?

Is loneliness the AKP’s or Turkey’s fate?

February 26, 2015, Thursday/ 15:17:36/ SELİM SAVAŞ GENÇ

Ankara, which not only implemented reforms and made progress with its bid to join the European Union but also increased its influence in the Middle East in the past, has voluntarily changed its direction.

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A Risky U.S. Proxy Battle Against Islamic State | Stratfor

A Risky U.S. Proxy Battle Against Islamic State
Analysis
February 26, 2015 | 10:09 GMT

The United States and Turkey signed a deal Feb. 19 to train and equip a new force of Syrian rebels as part of a broader plan to develop ground forces in Syria necessary to defeat the Islamic State. The United States worked closely with Saudi Arabia and Jordan to develop the plan and recently included Qatar as a core member of the training program. Initial training camps will be set up in Turkey and Jordan, followed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In the absence of U.S. troops in Syria or a viable partner among the rebels, the United States has decided to create its own ground force. As with all U.S. options in Syria, however, the move carries significant risks.

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An English Kemalist in Anatolia, 1922 - FOLDED CORNER

An English Kemalist in Anatolia, 1922

William Armstrong - william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr

HDN The name Grace Ellison has almost entirely fallen from the historical record. A journalist by profession, Ellison published a series of books on Ottoman and Turkish society that are today little more than historical curios. But as the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Cambridge University Press has decided to reissue her account of a journey from İzmir to Ankara in the aftermath of the conflict, in the midst of Turkey’s War of Independence. Terribly dated, and full of exuberant Turkophilia that borders on propaganda, the book’s shortcomings are precisely what make it a fascinating relic.

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Former police intel chief detained as key figure in Dink murder - CRIME

Former police intel chief detained as key figure in Dink murder

Toygun Atilla ISTANBUL

A high-ranking Turkish police chief has been detained in Ankara as part of the investigation into the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

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Turkey's Illusions Hit Realities

Turkey's Illusions Hit Realities

by Burak Bekdil
February 26, 2015 at 4:00 am

Apparently, the Turkish government does not want to confront ISIS.

Instead of taking modest pride in managing to have averted a crisis, the Turkish leadership portrayed the historic tomb's relocation as if Turkish special forces had abducted Syrian President Bashar Assad, rather than rescuing their own besieged soldiers and the roaming tomb of a pre-Ottoman Turkish commander.

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Turkey 'won't wait 50 years for EU membership': minister Anadolu Agency

Turkey 'won't wait 50 years for EU membership': minister

26 February 2015 10:57 (Last updated 26 February 2015 10:59)
Turkey's EU minister tells Finnish think tank that the country has already achieved economic development targets

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Turkey’s new public order law prompts fist fights - FT.com

Turkey’s new public order law prompts fist fights

Daniel Dombey in Istanbul

Parliamentary disagreement: members of the Republican People’s party (left) and ruling the AK party lawmakers scuffle during a debate on legislation to boost police powers

As Turkey’s parliament prepares to break ahead of June elections, one piece of legislation is dominating the agenda: a bill the government says is vital for public security but which the opposition says could usher in a police state.

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Suicide bomber attacks Turkish embassy vehicle in Afghanistan, kills two - Daily Sabah

Suicide bomber attacks Turkish embassy vehicle in Afghanistan, kills two
DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
KABUL
Published 2 hours ago

A suicide attack hit a Turkish diplomatic vehicle in the embassy quarter of Kabul on Thursday, killing two people, police said.

The blast came shortly after 8:00 am (0330 GMT), not far from the Iranian embassy. Police said the dead included a Turkish national and an Afghan passer-by.

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Turkish tourism calls digital review | Advertising news | Campaign

Turkish tourism calls digital review

By James Swift, campaignlive.co.uk, Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:45AM Be the first to comment
Turkey's ministry of culture and tourism is looking for an agency to handle its $10 million (£6.5 million) social media and digital account.

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BOSP Istanbul in full swing as Turkish students return from break | Stanford Daily

BOSP Istanbul in full swing as Turkish students return from break
February 25, 2015 0 Comments

Emma Neiman

The Istanbul Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) is being offered for the first time this winter in partnership with Koç University, an English-language Turkish university. For the first five weeks of the program, the 16 BOSP participants were some of the only students on campus as most of the Turkish students were away for their winter break.

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Ottomans enter Turkish elections race, stoking social media - LOCAL

Ottomans enter Turkish elections race, stoking social media

ISTANBUL

Weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “16 Turkish warriors” hit international headlines, several candidates have launched Ottoman-themed campaigns to be nominated for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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When a Kurd becomes nostalgic about past governments - BARÇIN YİNANÇ

When a Kurd becomes nostalgic about past governments

If the “old Turkey” is identified with the period that precedes the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), when the country was governed by mainstream parties on the center-right and center-left of the political spectrum under military-judicial tutelage, then veteran Kurdish politician Hasip Kaplan would be neither a fan of that period nor of those parties.

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Erdogan-and-women - Al-Ahram Weekly

Erdogan and women

Women in Turkey are standing up for their rights after the brutal murder of a rape victim, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid from Ankara

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

News Codex - Recep Erdogan vision for Turkey undermined by domestic strife

Recep Erdogan vision for Turkey undermined by domestic strife

By Jacob Resneck — Special to The Washington Times - - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a vision for a “new Turkey” where he would preside over the country and build a regional military, political and cultural powerhouse from his sprawling new $600 million presidential palace in the capital of Ankara.

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No justice for Turkish women who kill in self-defense - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

No justice for Turkish women who kill in self-defense

In Turkey, the killing of women has become a major problem. No less than 294 women were killed in 2014, and 60% of them perished at the hands of husbands and boyfriends, according to the We Will Stop Women Homicides Platform.

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Turkey: the murder of Aslan Özgecan

Turkey: the murder of Aslan Özgecan
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Fazıla Mat | Istanbul

25 February 2015
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In the aftermath of the brutal murder of a female student in Turkey, women associations come out in anger: "We are not mourning, we are in revolt"

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Forced from Damascus, Hamas establishing itself in Turkey | i24news - See beyond

Forced from Damascus, Hamas establishing itself in Turkey

Israel has urged NATO to pressure Turkey into expelling Hamas, which is widely viewed as a terror group

Relations between Israel and Turkey have been on a slippery downward slope in recent years; of late, however, the situation has led to grave consequences beyond the realm of politics: Turkey has become a Hamas hotbed, and members of the organization's military wing are undergoing military training on Turkish soil, with the knowledge, support and assistance of local authorities.

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Turkish Web Entrepreneurs Boost Luxembourg's Tech Profile | Rhode Island Public Radio

Turkish Web Entrepreneurs Boost Luxembourg's Tech
LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The web startup trend has been global for a while, but new countries continue to find their way into the mix. Turkish web entrepreneurs are getting involved. And they're getting attention from at least one tiny Western country trying to increase its high-tech profile. NPR's Peter Kenyon recently went to a startup conference where Turks made their pitches.

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News Analysis: Terror threat tops Turkey-Iraq talks agenda - Xinhua | English.news.cn

News Analysis: Terror threat tops Turkey-Iraq talks agenda
English.news.cn 2015-02-26 06:01:55 [More]

ANKARA, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi paid a visit to Turkey on Wednesday with a special focus on security situation in Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and the refugee crisis.

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Turkish gov't should offer incentives for women entrepreneurs in public spending: TOBB head - BUSINESS

Turkish gov't should offer incentives for women entrepreneurs in public spending: TOBB head

Erdinç Çelikkan ISTANBUL

The government should impose incentives for women entrepreneurs in public spending just as it does for domestic producers, according to the head of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu.

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Is Turkey Turning Towards A Full Eurasian Pivot? / Sputnik International

Is Turkey Turning Towards A Full Eurasian Pivot?
© AFP 2015/ ADEM ALTAN
Columnists
13:27 25.02.2015(updated 14:07 25.02.2015)
Andrew Korybko
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Turkey’s flirtation with purchasing non-NATO-compatible Chinese missiles to complement its planned air defense system indicates that Ankara may be preparing for a grander non-Western policy pivot in the future.

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Finland backs Turkey's EU membership Anadolu Agency

Finland backs Turkey's EU membership

25 February 2015 18:53
During his visit to Helsinki, Turkey's EU minister and Finnish FM held a joint press conference

HELSINKI

Finland supports Turkey's integration with the European Union, the Finnish foreign minister said Wednesday in Helsinki.

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From ‘Midnight Express’ to Discovering the Allure of Turkey - NYTimes.com

From ‘Midnight Express’ to Discovering the Allure of Turkey

Many movies inspire visits to a country. Not so “Midnight Express,” adapted by Oliver Stone from Billy Hayes’s memoir recounting his 1970 arrest and imprisonment for attempting to smuggle hashish onto a flight from Istanbul to New York and his escape in 1975.

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Miss Turkey on Trial for Allegedly Insulting President Erdogan - Bloomberg Business

Miss Turkey on Trial for Allegedly Insulting President Erdogan

by Isobel Finkel
10:37 AM EST
February 24, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- A former Miss World contestant is among the latest targets of prosecution for allegedly insulting Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a crackdown on criticism extends to individuals on social media.

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Turkey targets voters with government benefits - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey targets voters with government benefits

One of the major characteristics of Turkish politics is the official policy of distributing social assistance instead of investing strategically to reduce unemployment. Poor segments of society have become dependent upon cash and other assistance, and recipients of it inevitably vote for the ruling party. For the poor citizens, casting a vote once every four years in return for handouts is a good deal. Fear that the assistance will be terminated should another party come to power is a powerful inducement to vote for the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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ANALYSIS: Turkey's new policing law - another blow to democracy? | Middle East Eye

ANALYSIS: Turkey's new policing law - another blow to democracy?
#TurkishPolitics

Amid the massive deadlock in parliament, the new security bill appears to be another sign of the AKP government's draconian measures

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Three İstanbul avenues make Europe’s top 10 for rent hikes in 2014

Three İstanbul avenues make Europe’s top 10 for rent hikes in 2014
İstanbul’s İstiklal, Bağdat and Abdi İpekçi were among the top 10 avenues in Europe for rent increase in 2014.
Three İstanbul avenues make Europe’s top 10 for rent hikes in 2014

According to figure in the annual real estate report by international real estate consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield, İstanbul’s famous İstiklal, Bağdat and Abdi İpekçi avenues have ranked in the top 10 for rent increase in Europe.

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Turkey’s New Emerging Market: E-Commerce - Consumer Protection - Turkey

Turkey: Turkey’s New Emerging Market: E-Commerce
Last Updated: 25 February 2015
Article by Pinar Bülent and Eylül Topanoğlu

With the developments in technology and increase in number of internet users, the global e-commerce volume continues to expand rapidly. The steady rise of e-commerce is triggered by changes in consumers' habits and shopping trends. According to data provided by the research company eMarketer, the global B2C (i.e. Business to Consumer) e-commerce volume is expected to reach USD 1.5 trillion in 2015.

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Is Turkey Turning Towards A Full Eurasian Pivot? / Sputnik International

Is Turkey Turning Towards A Full Eurasian Pivot?
© AFP 2015/ ADEM ALTAN
Columnists
13:27 25.02.2015(updated 14:07 25.02.2015)
Andrew Korybko
1214100
Turkey’s flirtation with purchasing non-NATO-compatible Chinese missiles to complement its planned air defense system indicates that Ankara may be preparing for a grander non-Western policy pivot in the future.

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Four crew dead as two Turkish fighter jets crash - Society - Panorama | Armenian news

Four crew dead as two Turkish fighter jets crash

Two Turkish warplanes crashed during a training exercise on Feb. 24 in the central Turkish province of Malatya, killing all four crew, the military said, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Contact was lost with the RF-4E reconnaissance aircraft after they took off from Malatya air base on Feb. 24 evening for planned night training, a statement on the Chief of Staff’s website said.

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DEA suggests Thai entrepreneur to join Beauty Eurasia 2015

DEA suggests Thai entrepreneur to join Beauty Eurasia 2015

BANGKOK, 25 February 2015 (NNT) – Thai spa and massage entrepreneurs are advised to join the Beauty Eurasia 2015 event in Istanbul as the Turkish market has shown signs of great potential, reported the DEA on its website.

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In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria - Yahoo Maktoob News

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

By Nick Tattersall

ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to manoeuvre between rival warring parties, including Islamic State.

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Why Turkish troops entered Syria to reach a medieval tomb | Ames Tribune

Why Turkish troops entered Syria to reach a medieval tomb

By Ishaan Tharoor
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, a column of Turkish troops and armored vehicles motored about 20 miles across the border into Syria. In the dead of night, they approached an old mausoleum, held a brief prayer ceremony and removed the site’s historical artifacts and relics. Then, they lowered the Turkish flag that flew over the site and demolished the complex.

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Turkish family success story, one of few in Germany

Turkish family success story, one of few in Germany
By Agence France-Presse, 13 hours ago

By Celine le Prioux

Turkish-born Germans, whose fathers or grandfathers began arriving in Germany 50 years ago, still find it hard to move up the social ladder and success stories are few.

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Zeytinoglu: Change the conversation by understanding roots of sexual violence

Zeytinoglu: Change the conversation by understanding roots of sexual violence

Ekin Zeytinoglu, Columnist
February 24, 2015 •

Despite living in one of the world’s most diverse and beautiful cities, I and many other Istanbul teenagers grew up listening to horrendous stories of gender violence. At first, they were distant and about people we did not know. As we grew up, we started learning they weren’t always so far away. Rather, they often happen to people we know and care about, and sometimes we even see them happen. Sadly, hearing and seeing such awful experiences caused us to grow thick skins and feel indifferent at times when we shouldn’t. We intervened when we saw something wrong but did nothing else to change the status quo.

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EU, Qatar and Turkey: Who Could Be Whipping Up Terrorists?

EU, Qatar and Turkey
Who Could Be Whipping Up Terrorists?

by Bassam Tawil
February 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

Al-Jazeera -- in Arabic -- encourages terrorist attacks in Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula by the Muslim Brotherhood, and preaches the destruction of Israel, non-stop.

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Turkish central bank cuts interest rates - FT.com

Turkish central bank cuts interest rates

Daniel Dombey in Istanbul

The cuts are in line with demands by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s central bank cut interest rates across the board on Tuesday as it sought to reconcile political pressure for lower rates with market concerns about lack of independence.

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