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Wife of jailed Turkish activist says case is 'inexplicable'

Oct. 25, 2021 04:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The wife of a jailed philanthropist at the center of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and 10 Western nations described her husband’s imprisonment as inexplicable Monday. “There’s no way this situation can be explained either logically or...

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...

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...

Turkey's Erdogan bids farewell to Merkel after 16 years

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Angela Merkel’s final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe’s longest serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus. Erdogan...

Afghan Taliban delegation in Turkey for high-level talks

Oct. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday met with a high-level delegation of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, officials said, the first such talks since the Taliban takeover of the country in August as U.S. forces pulled out after two decades of war. ...

Turkish lira at new lows after Erdogan fires bank officials

Oct. 14, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish lira hit record lows against the dollar Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired senior central bank officials, heightening concerns over the Turkish leader’s interference in the bank’s activities. Erdogan dismissed...