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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

Turkey | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

Turkey – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and both agreed that any Assad regime military offensive in Idlib would be an unacceptable, reckless escalation of the conflict in Syria. The Secretary also stressed the importance of Turkey releasing Pastor Andrew … Continue reading Turkey | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey to outline ‘new economic model’ as currency slides

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s government says it will outline a “new economic model” on Friday as the national currency hit another record low amid concerns about the president’s policies and an ongoing dispute with the U.S. The lira, which has fallen about 30 percent since the start of the year, dropped to another low of … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey to outline ‘new economic model’ as currency slides

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey: Officials say envoys to go to US for talks on pastor

ANKARA, Turkey— Turkish officials say a government delegation will travel to the United States for talks aimed at ending a rift between the NATO allies over the detention of an American pastor. The United States last week imposed sanctions on two Turkish Cabinet ministers over the treatment of Andrew Brunson, the pastor of an evangelical … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey: Officials say envoys to go to US for talks on pastor

JOHANNESBURG | Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century

JOHANNESBURG — Skywatchers around much of the world have begun watching a complete lunar eclipse that is the longest of this century. The so-called “blood moon,” when it turns a deep red, is visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century

ISTANBUL | Turkey: American pastor on trial for terror let out of jail

ISTANBUL  — An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for more than 1½ years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and put under house arrest as his trial continues. Andrew Craig Brunson, 50, an evangelical Christian pastor originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was let out of jail to serve home … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey: American pastor on trial for terror let out of jail

ISTANBUL | Turkey marks 2nd anniversary of thwarting violent coup

ISTANBUL — With prayers and other events, Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of thwarting a coup against the Turkish president and the government that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has “cut off the arms of the octopus the cursed in Pennsylvania grew with hypocrisy, … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey marks 2nd anniversary of thwarting violent coup

ISTANBUL | Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73

ISTANBUL — At least 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured Sunday when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, Turkish authorities said. Health Ministry Undersecretary Eyup Gumus put the number of fatalities at 10 and the number of people injured at 73 based on initial reports from the scene, according … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey: Train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73