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General: No F-35 jet sale to Turkey if it buys Russia system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander for Europe says he would recommend the United States not sell its high-tech F-35 fighter jet to Turkey, if Ankara moves ahead with plans to buy a Russian missile defense system. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command, says Turkey should reconsider its plan to buy the … Continue reading General: No F-35 jet sale to Turkey if it buys Russia system

ANKARA, Turkey  | 16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey  — Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours. The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early Wednesday en route to Istanbul from Russia. Video footage of the … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey  | 16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump calls Khashoggi killing a ‘total fiasco’

ANKARA, Turkey— The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 2 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump says he will be briefed Wednesday afternoon by U.S. officials looking into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian agents. After tomorrow, Trump says, “We’ll know pretty much everything there is to … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump calls Khashoggi killing a ‘total fiasco’

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in death

ANKARA, Turkey— The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 11:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. Vice … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in death

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 11:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Litvinenko widow says Saudi death a wake-up call

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 10 p.m. The widow of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died from radioactive poisoning in 2006, says the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be a wake-up call about the deadly behavior of authoritarian states. Marina Litvinenko … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Litvinenko widow says Saudi death a wake-up call

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey suggests Khashoggi’s remains taken out of consulate

ANKARA, Turkey— A Turkish official says investigators are assessing the possibility whether the remains of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been taken to a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city, if and after he was killed inside the diplomatic mission earlier this month. The official told The Associated Press … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey suggests Khashoggi’s remains taken out of consulate

United States | Remarks to Traveling Press

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: So let me just try and give you a summary of the short stay in Ankara. Had a good, constructive conversation with President Erdogan. The fact that Pastor Brunson has now made his way back to the United States I think opens up lots of opportunities. We talked about half a … Continue reading United States | Remarks to Traveling Press

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Missing writer’s fiancee says he wasn’t nervous

ANKARA, Turkey— The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1:45 a.m. The Turkish fiancee of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he wasn’t nervous when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and did not suspect that anything bad would happen to him. Hatice Cengiz told The Associated Press on … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Missing writer’s fiancee says he wasn’t nervous

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump to raise Khashoggi’s case with Saudi king

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1:45 a.m. The Turkish fiancee of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he wasn’t nervous when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and did not suspect that anything bad would happen to him. Hatice Cengiz told The Associated Press … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump to raise Khashoggi’s case with Saudi king

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Migrant left at sea by Libyans recovering

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Europe’s response to mass migration: (all times local): 7 p.m. A woman whose rescue fueled outrage at Italy’s efforts to have Libya’s coast guard bring migrants back has written to her Spanish rescuers and assured them she is being taken care of. The Cameroonian woman, identified as Josepha, was … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Migrant left at sea by Libyans recovering

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says ‘Nazi remnant’ dispute with Dutch has ended

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s foreign minister says the country is working with the Netherlands to end diplomatic tensions and that the days when Ankara described Dutch policies as “Nazi remnants” are behind them. Turkey and the Netherlands reinstated ambassadors last month following a dispute triggered by a Dutch decision to bar Turkish officials from campaigning … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says ‘Nazi remnant’ dispute with Dutch has ended

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish central bank raises rates to stem currency crisis

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s central bank on Thursday raised its key interest rate sharply, from 17.75 percent to 24 percent, to contain inflation and stem the currency crisis that has been destabilizing the country this summer. The bank’s move is long overdue, many independent economists say, and suggests it is re-asserting its independence after President … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish central bank raises rates to stem currency crisis

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey raises tax on foreign currency savings to help lira

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has raised a tax on foreign currency deposit accounts and scrapped another on lira savings as it tries to shore up its struggling currency. According to a decision published in the Official Gazette on Friday, the withholding tax on foreign currency savings of up to six months was raised from 18 … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey raises tax on foreign currency savings to help lira

ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey  — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey’s own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate of Andrew Brunson, charged … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump warns Turkey over detained pastor

ANKARA, Turkey  — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States (all times local): 6:30 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is condemning the detention of an American pastor in Turkey and warned that “we are not going to take it sitting down.” Trump, before leaving the White House on Friday, … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Trump warns Turkey over detained pastor

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkey, Europe ‘on same page’ opposing US moves

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A top Turkish official says Turkey, France and Germany “are on the same page” concerning their opposition to U.S. sanctions and tariffs restricting trade. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also told reporters Thursday that their like-minded position could present an “opportunity” for … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkey, Europe ‘on same page’ opposing US moves

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis

ANKARA, Turkey — 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 this week, a day after Qatar pledged $15 … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish finance chief tries to reassure investors on crisis