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Turkey's central bank ends string of interest rate cuts

Jan. 20, 2022 09:42 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank kept a key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, halting a string of rate cuts that triggered a currency crisis and sent consumer prices skyrocketing. The bank’s Monetary Policy Committee said it decided to keep its policy rate...

EXPLAINER: Are Turkey's efforts to fix the economy working?

Jan. 19, 2022 03:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government and central bank have taken unconventional steps in recent weeks to prop up a beleaguered economy crippled by skyrocketing consumer prices, instead of ending a much-criticized plan to cut interest rates. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s...

4 on trial over poster at Swiss rally saying 'Kill Erdogan'

Jan. 18, 2022 04:54 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Four people went on trial in the Swiss capital Tuesday over a protest against Turkey's government four years ago where some demonstrators hoisted a banner showing a gun pointed at an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to the words, “Kill Erdogan.” ...

Turkish leader Erdogan visits Albania to boost ties

Jan. 17, 2022 13:07 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania and Turkey on Monday pledged to further boost their ties and increase their economic and cultural relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Albania to talk with Prime Minister Edi Rama on strengthening bilateral ties and also...

Turkish court rules to keep philanthropist Kavala in prison

Jan. 17, 2022 09:09 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court ruled Monday that prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala should stay in prison, despite his more than four years in pre-trial detention. The hearing took place as a Council of Europe deadline that could trigger...

Turkey's inflation hits a 19-year high of 36%

Jan. 03, 2022 13:15 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s yearly inflation climbed by the fastest pace in 19 years, jumping to 36.08% in December, official data showed on Monday. The Turkish Statistical Institute said the consumer price index increased by 13.58% in December from the previous month, further...

Ex-Afghan president says had no choice but to flee Kabul

Dec. 30, 2021 09:02 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president said he had no choice but to abruptly leave Kabul as the Taliban closed in and denied an agreement was in the works for a peaceful takeover, disputing the accounts of former Afghan and U.S. officials. Former President Ashraf Ghani...

Turkish govt expands probe targeting Istanbul city staff

Dec. 30, 2021 08:49 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court accepted an indictment against suspects from a religious association Thursday in a case that could have political and legal repercussions on the opposition-held Istanbul municipality. The trial against 23 people involved with DIAYDER, which stands...

Turkey: 1 hurt in knife attack on pro-Kurdish party office

Dec. 28, 2021 08:43 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police on Tuesday detained a man who wounded one person during a knife attack on a branch of a pro-Kurdish party in Istanbul, Turkish media reports said. The assailant entered the People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, office in Istanbul’s Bahcelievler...

Bulgarian shoppers find bargains in Turkey as lira struggles

Dec. 27, 2021 04:25 AM EST

EDIRNE, Turkey (AP) — Bulgarian shoppers are crossing Turkey’s western border in packed cars and buses, taking advantage of a declining Turkish lira to fuel their own shopping sprees. Their first stop is the currency exchange and then it's off to the markets and grocery stores...