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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,...

Why markets are worried about suddenly cold Turkey

Aug. 16, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Why are investors around the world so worried about Turkey's economy, when it's smaller than Florida's? Because of the possibility that somebody bigger will be next. Investors have been pulling out of Turkey's markets, sending its stock market and currency plunging. That's making debt that...

4 soldiers killed in Turkey; 3 of them in friendly fire

Aug. 16, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say four soldiers have been killed in violence in southeastern Turkey where troops are battling Kurdish rebels — three of them as a result of a friendly fire. Several soldiers were injured. The governor's office for Adiyaman province says one of the soldiers...

European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

Aug. 16, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets are higher in European trading as Turkey's currency crisis abated somewhat and after a downbeat day in Asia. Benchmarks in Germany and France rose Thursday while shares in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent to 12,221 and in...

Turkish official: 30,000 could die in Istanbul earthquake

Aug. 16, 2018 7:02 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's emergency management agency is warning that up to 30,000 people could be killed in Istanbul if a magnitude-7.5 earthquake were to hit the area. Murat Nurlu, a director at Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, made the comments Wednesday ahead of the...

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

Asian stocks slide as investors fret over China's economy

Aug. 16, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Thursday after deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.2 percent to 22,158.75 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 0.6 percent to 27,155.66. The Shanghai Composite...