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US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis

Jan. 21, 2022 10:42 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they reported no breakthroughs in high-stakes talks on Friday aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion. Armed with seemingly intractable and diametrically...

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...

Turkish, Armenian envoys meet in bid to end chilly relations

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Special envoys from Turkey and Armenia met in Moscow on Friday for a first round of meetings aimed at ending decades of bitterness between their countries and establishing diplomatic ties. Both countries said the meeting was conducted in a “positive and constructive atmosphere." ...

Defense minister warns Greece not to test Turkey's patience

Jan. 08, 2022 09:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece should refrain from testing Turkey’s patience with provocations, including with a threat to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean, Turkey’s defense minister warned on Saturday. Speaking to a group of journalists in Ankara, Hulusi Akar also...

Turkey reports record infections, cuts quarantine to 7 days

Jan. 05, 2022 13:57 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday reported its highest number of daily COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic as the rapidly-spreading omicron variant takes hold. The Health Ministry recorded 66,467 new cases and 143 deaths in the past 24 hours. The previous...

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...