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Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

Aug. 17, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate...

Turkish lira resumes fall after Trump sanctions threat

Aug. 17, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish currency fell again on Friday, breaking a three-day quiet spell in the country currency crisis, after the United States threatened to impose new sanctions on the NATO country. The lira dropped about 5 percent, to about 6.11 per dollar, after U.S. President Donald Trump posted a...

The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating further

Aug. 17, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded Turkey's credit rating deeper into "junk" status and slapped a "negative" rating on its outlook. It's the latest blow to the country...

Turkey: 2 dead, 5 hurt in shooting at local cleric's office

Aug. 17, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an employee at the office of a local Muslim cleric in eastern Turkey has opened fire at his colleagues, before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt. Two people were killed and five others — including the gunman — were...

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...

Turkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's release

Aug. 17, 2018 8:15 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media: higher court also rejects appeal for American pastor's release.

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...

In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

Aug. 16, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. In one video , a man collects iPhones from several youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag,...