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Official: US Has Rejected Turkish Offer on Pastor's Release

Dispute over Andrew Brunson appears set to drag on

(Newser) - The disagreement with the US currently devastating the Turkish economy doesn't appear likely to end anytime soon. American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was jailed by Turkey for almost two years before a shift to house arrest last month, is at the center of the dispute and a senior White... More »

Shots Fired at US Embassy in Turkey

Officials say nobody was hurt in Ankara attack

(Newser) - Unknown attackers fired shots at a security booth outside the US Embassy in Turkey's capital early Monday, but US officials said no one was hurt. The Ankara governor's office said six shots were fired from a moving white car toward the embassy compound at 5:30am, the AP... More »

Turkey Escalates Feud With US Via Tariffs

But the move is unlikely to have a big economic impact

(Newser) - Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some US products like cars, alcohol, and coal—a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the US in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis. The Turkish government said tariffs... More »

Turkey Is a Mess, and the Mess Is Spreading

World markets, including those in US, are slumping as a result

(Newser) - The economic and political mess in Turkey is starting to take a real toll on world markets, and the Turkish government's new strategy doesn't seem to be satisfying anyone. The Turkish lira continues to plunge, at one point hitting a record low against the dollar on Monday, reports... More »

Dow Tumbles Over Tensions With Turkey

Market loses nearly 200 points after US increases tariffs

(Newser) - Stocks in the US and Europe skidded as investors worried about the financial stability of Turkey and how it might affect the global financial system. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 196 points, or 0.8%, to 25,313, per the AP . The Nasdaq composite fell 52 points to 7,... More »

US Hits NATO Ally With Sanctions

Trump had told Turkey to free jailed pastor

(Newser) - President Trump has made good on his threat to hit Turkey with sanctions if American pastor Andrew Brunson wasn't freed. The country's justice minister and interior minister, Abdulhamit Gul and Suleyman Soylu, have been sanctioned over what White House press secretary Sarah Sanders describes as the "unfair... More »

Trump Threatens Turkey: Let US Pastor Go Free

North Carolina's Andrew Brunson is out of jail but under house arrest, accused of espionage

(Newser) - He is a 50-year-old American pastor who has been doing missionary work in Turkey for 23 years. Turkey, however, has a different description for Andrew Brunson: They say he's a spy and an abettor of terrorists who is working to overthrow the government. Brunson has been in custody for... More »

Turkey's Erdogan Re-Elected as More Powerful President

Critics fear one-man rule under new system

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was proclaimed the winner early Monday of a landmark election that ushers in a government system granting the president sweeping new powers and which critics say will cement what they call a one-man rule. The presidential vote and parliamentary election, both held more than a... More »

Turkey Strikes Back Against US Tariffs

Move hits $1.8B in American goods

(Newser) - Turkey is imposing tariffs on nearly two dozen US products, ranging from cars to sunscreen, to strike back at Washington's sanctions on imported steel and aluminum, the AP reports. According to documents filed with the World Trade Organization, Turkey will slap $267 million in tariffs on $1.8 billion... More »

Tycoon's Daughter, Friends Die in Jet Crash

11 die after jet crashes in Iran mountain

(Newser) - The daughter of a Turkish billionaire died along with seven friends and three crew members when the private jet bringing her home from her bachelorette party in the United Arab Emirates crashed. Mina Basaran, 28, was the daughter of Basaran Holdings chief Huseyin Basaran and was part of the company'... More »

Gods Didn't Kill Animals in 'Gate to Hell'—Gas Did

Carbon dioxide is the key, researchers say of legendary Turkish cave

(Newser) - Centuries ago, bulls, rams, and other animals led into an ancient cave for religious ceremonies died of seemingly mystical causes, while the priests accompanying them suffered no such fate. Scientists say they've now figured out the secret behind this "Gate to Hell" in the ancient city of Hierapolis,... More »

Plane Skids Off Runway, Barely Avoids Sea

It was a scary landing for Pegasus Airlines in Turkey

(Newser) - A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey ended up dangling precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea, reports the AP . Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a "miracle"... More »

Turkey Wants to Throw NBA Player in Jail

Enes Kanter brushes off charges of insulting Turkey's president

(Newser) - New York Knicks center Enes Kanter took news that prosecutors in Turkey want to imprison him about as well as a person could. "Four years? That's it?" he said on Wednesday, per the New York Times . "For all of the trash I've been talking?" Turkish media... More »

Diplomatic Furor Stirs as Trump Weighs Big Move on Jerusalem

Turkey, Palestinians threaten to cut off ties if Trump recognizes contested city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Turkey and the Palestinians warned on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if President Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country's response "could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel,... More »

Businessman's US Testimony Stuns Turkey

Trader alleges ministers helped dodge Iran sanctions

(Newser) - Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab was supposed to go on trial this week for conspiring to dodge American sanctions on Iran—but in a turn of events that has made the legal drama grip his homeland, it emerged that he has already pleaded guilty and is now the star witness for... More »

Sources: Mueller Probing Alleged Flynn Plot to Abduct Cleric

Special counsel said to be investigating scheme to 'remove' Fethullah Gulen from US, bring to Turkey

(Newser) - At least two ex-members of President Trump's campaign team have been burned so far by the Mueller Russia investigation. Now, more rumblings about an ex-administration member. The Wall Street Journal Friday detailed an alleged plot that Robert Mueller is probing—one that involves Flynn and his son, Michael G.... More »

Turkey Halts Issuing Visas for American Visitors

Alliance is going downhill fast after arrest of US Consulate staffer

(Newser) - Relations between the US and its NATO ally Turkey are going downhill fast—and many travelers have been caught in the diplomatic crossfire. Both countries abruptly suspended the issuing of most visitor visas for each other Sunday in a tit-for-tat move apparently sparked by the arrest of an employee of... More »

'Tomb of Santa Claus' Found Under Church

Archaeologists may have found St. Nick's final resting place

(Newser) - Archaeologists believe they have found the final resting place of jolly old St. Nick—and it's nowhere near the North Pole. According to accounts in the Turkish media, researchers think "Santa Claus" is buried under an ancient church near the saint's birthplace in Antalya, southern Turkey, Newsweek... More »

Boy Goes Into Cardiac Arrest After Biting Into Hot Dog

Doctors say he has Brugada syndrome

(Newser) - When a 9-year-old boy took a big bite out of a hot dog in Turkey, he didn't choke on it—but he still almost died. That's because, as tests following his resuscitation from cardiac arrest revealed, he has a rare genetic condition known as Brugada syndrome, which impairs... More »

Christie's Forced to Reveal Name of $14.5M Bidder

Turkey filed lawsuit claiming 5,000-year-old idol was looted from country

(Newser) - A famous auction house must give up the name of the buyer who tried to pay $14.5 million for a rare idol the Turkish government claims was illegally taken from the country, a judge ruled Wednesday. According to Christie's , the 9-inch Guennol Stargazer comes from the Chalcolithic period... More »

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