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Erdogan, Biden to discuss Turkey's F-35 ouster in Glasgow

Oct. 27, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he expects to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a climate summit in Glasgow, during which he would take up Turkey’s ouster from the U.S.-led F-35 stealth fighter jet program. ...

Greece woos investments on Chinese foreign minister's visit

Oct. 27, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials sought to expand Chinese investment in the country during talks on Wednesday with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, that also touched on regional geopolitics, sports and minorities. Greece recently emerged from a brutal decade-long...

Turkey's Erdogan lifts threat to expel Western ambassadors

Oct. 25, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late Monday stepped back from a threat to expel the ambassadors of 10 Western nations over their support for a jailed activist, defusing a potential diplomatic crisis. “We believe that these ambassadors, who have...

Finland's leader: Turkey decision on envoys 'regrettable'

Oct. 24, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's leader said Sunday that the Turkish president’s decision to order that 10 foreign ambassadors, including the Nordic country's envoy, be declared persona non grata after calling for the release of a jailed philanthropist and human rights activist was a...

Erdogan orders removal of 10 ambassadors, including US envoy

Oct. 23, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that he had ordered 10 foreign ambassadors who called for the release of a jailed philanthropist to be declared persona non grata. The envoys, including the U.S., French and German representatives in...

Turkish lira continues to slide after interest rate cut

Oct. 22, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish lira continued to slide and reached a record low against the U.S. dollar Friday, a day after the Central Bank sharply cut interest rates. It was another hit after a global financial watchdog placed Turkey on a list of countries to monitor for money...

After Kanter's Tibet comments, Celtics blacked out in China

Oct. 21, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Chinese broadcaster and NBA partner Tencent is not showing current or archived Boston Celtics games on its platforms, in apparent response to comments that Celtics center Enes Kanter made to advocate Tibetan independence. Kanter, as part of a series of social media posts,...

Turkish lira drops to new low after harsh interest rate cut

Oct. 21, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish lira plunged to a record low against the U.S. dollar Thursday after a harsher-than-expected cut in interest rates. The decision by the Central Bank’s monetary committee to cut the rate from 18% to 16% surprised analysts. The lira dropped to...

Erdogan slams envoy call for jailed philanthropist's release

Oct. 21, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the ambassadors of 10 countries over their call for the release of a jailed philanthropist, calling their demand “irresponsible,” local media reported Thursday. Erdogan reportedly suggested that the...

Turkey summons 10 diplomats over call for activist's release

Oct. 19, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of the United States and nine other countries to protest a statement they issued that called for the release of imprisoned philanthropist and civil rights activist Osman Kavala in line with a European Court...