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Friday's newspapers focused on news that a man claiming to work for Canadian intelligence service has been detained in Turkey for helping three British schoolgirls cross into Syria to join Daesh.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview on Thursday that Turkish police had detained a suspect on the payroll of a foreign spy agency who allegedly helped the three U.K. teenagers cross Turkey and enter Syria.
Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, went missing from East London in early February and later arrived in Turkey.
“Spy operation on the border,” said MILLIYET, adding that the suspect – a Syrian refugee who helped the British girls – had been caught in Turkey’s southwestern province of Sanliurfa near the Syrian border.
The newspaper reported that the suspect claimed to work for Canadian intelligence.
“Foreign spy helped 3 British girls,” said SABAH; “Canadian spy helped them pass the border,” was HURRIYET’s headline.
AKSAM run with the headline “Service from coalition to Daesh,” referring to Cavusoglu’s remarks.
“British game,” said STAR, claiming: “The spy was funded by Britain.”
Turkish newspapers also covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks during a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader in Ankara.
In other news, VATAN said Erdogan “Smoothed it over,” – a reference to a high-level meeting with Deputy PM Ali Babacan and Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci on interest rates after the recent jump of the U.S. dollar against the Turkish lira.
The president has repeatedly criticized the Central Bank for its tight money policy.
Both VATAN and HURRIYET quoted Erdogan: “'There is no place for splits in opinion. We have smoothed it over in the end.'”
Turkish papers also cover the death of an iconic rock singer dubbed the “Turkish Elvis.”
Erol Buyukburc, 76, was found dead at his Istanbul home on Thursday.
“We lost ‘Turkish Elvis,’” said HABER TURK, adding that Buyukburc died of a heart attack.
“Big loss for Turkish pop music,” said SABAH, reporting that Buyukburc was one of the best-loved pop stars of 1960s.Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Mart 2015, 12:02