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Greek bailout ends, but Europe's debt problems grind on

Aug. 17, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece officially completes its bailout program on Monday, after eight years of cutbacks enforced in return for massive loans and following an economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. The exit is a welcome milestone. But it offers little assurance that the...

Germany: Possible Syria meeting with France, Russia, Turkey

Aug. 17, 2018 9:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says officials are looking into the possibility of a four-way meeting on Syria involving Turkey, Russia, Germany and France. The idea of such a meeting has been raised by Turkey. Asked about the possibility Friday, Merkel stressed that there are already two...

The Latest: Germany seeks refugee who may have been with IS

Aug. 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German authorities say they're looking into a Yazidi woman's claim that she ran into a man who bought her as a slave in an Islamic State-ruled area of Iraq after arriving in Germany. The woman, identified as Ashwaq, was...

Germany in deal with Greece over taking back some migrants

Aug. 17, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria. That brings the government closer to implementing a deal to defuse a German political spat over migration. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

Aug. 16, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of international investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles that have seen the country spiral into a currency crisis. The national currency recovered somewhat from record lows hit earlier...

The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

Aug. 16, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 2:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling on jailed pastor Andrew Brunson to serve as a "great patriot hostage" while he's being held in Turkey. Tweeting on Thursday, Trump says: "Turkey has taken advantage of the United...

Challenged by US and market crisis, Turkey turns to Europe

Aug. 16, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Beset by a shaky currency and tension with the United States, Turkey is reaching out to Europe to shore up relations with major trading partners despite years of testy rhetoric and a stalled bid for EU membership. The engagement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has harshly...

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

Aug. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew...

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

Aug. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal — a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis . The...