Turkey’s leading lenders have announced interest rate cuts in loans one-by-one, as the government calls for banks accordingly to “boost economic activity,” ahead of a key meeting between Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and top bank representatives late on Nov. 1.
A senior U.S. State Department official on Oct. 31 said the movement of Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen has a set up that resembles an organized criminal network, which makes it not a “benign religious movement.”
The advance of Ankara-backed Syrian rebels was hampered due to resistance by jihadists in northern Syria, the Turkish army said in a statement on Nov. 1.
The detention of executives and columnists from the critical daily Cumhuriyet newspaper has been criticized by officials from the United States and Europe, with the U.S. State Department saying it supports Turkey’s efforts to locate those responsible for the attempted coup, but was deeply concerned by the continuing pressure on the news media.
A Turkish woman buried her full-term fetus in a plot in Northern Cyprus, a prosecutor has revealed during a court hearing in Girne, in a case in which a total of 10 women, including six Turkish citizens, are suspected of illegally aborting fetuses over five months old, daily Habertürk reported on Nov. 1.
Istanbul underdog Medipol Başakşehir thrashed Akhisar Belediyespor 5-1 at home on Oct. 30 to remain atop the Turkish Spor Toto Super League, as its closest rival Beşiktaş dropped two points against Gençlerbirliği in Ankara.
The Basilica Therma, a Roman-era bath in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat’s Sarıkaya district, known as the “King’s Daughter” among locals, is set to open to tourism within a few years once excavations have ended.