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In Turkey, 'Stunning' Election Results

President Erdogan's ruling party appears to have lost control of 2 major cities

(Newser) - It's a rarity for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Bad news at the voting booth, results that could signal real trouble for his reign after 15 years. These were local elections, not national, and Erdogan himself wasn't running. The results, however, are seen as a direct reflection on... More »

Turkish Leader to Bolton: You Made 'Grave Mistake'

Erdogan says US official erred in demanding safety of Kurds in Syria

(Newser) - The planned US withdrawal from Syria just got even thornier. Turkey's president criticized national security adviser John Bolton's comments on the issue and didn't meet with Bolton in a move widely perceived as a diplomatic snub. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took issue with Bolton's weekend statement... More »

NBA Player to Skip Game Over 'Freaking Lunatic'

Enes Kanter says Turkey's president may try to kill him

(Newser) - New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks' upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AP reports. Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks' 119-112 win over the Lakers. The... More »

Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border Area Held by US

Report: 50 vehicles with troops and equipment crossed into Syria overnight

(Newser) - Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a US-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor and Turkish media said Sunday. The buildup comes even though Turkey said it would delay a promised offensive in eastern Syria in the wake of President Trump's decision to... More »

Erdogan: I Gave Audio of Khashoggi Killing to US, 4 Other Countries

'They have listened to all the conversations in them,' says Turkish president

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the AP reports. Erdogan's comments on Saturday were the first public confirmation of... More »

Saudis' Amazon Boycott Shows Signs of 'Coordination'

Similar language found among 8K tweets mentioning boycott

(Newser) - Amazon can expect to send fewer packages to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Thousands of social media users in the country are urging a boycott of Amazon.com and Dubai-based subsidiary Souq.com over coverage of the writer's killing published by the Washington Post,... More »

Pompeo's Request for Khashoggi's Son: Granted

Travel ban in Saudi Arabia apparently lifted, Salah Khashoggi is now in US

(Newser) - When Mike Pompeo met with the Saudis in Riyadh earlier this month , the secretary of state made one specific request, per a State Department rep: "He wanted Salah Khashoggi returned to the United States." Reuters reports that now appears to have taken place, with sources saying Salah Khashoggi—... More »

Turkish Leader: 'Savage' Murder Can't Go Unpunished

Erdogan wants answers from Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Turkey's president says the latest Saudi explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death doesn't wash—and he's demanding answers. The Saudis blame a fistfight that escalated out of control, but in a highly anticipated speech on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted that the "brutal" killing... More »

Inside Saudi Consulate, Suspicious New Paint

Turkish investigators looking into it as Pompeo meets with king

(Newser) - President Trump has mused it might have been "rogue killers" who murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while other sources are buzzing that Saudi Arabia plans to admit Khashoggi was accidentally killed during an interrogation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got directly on the case Tuesday in Riyadh, where he was... More »

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 »

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 »

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 Breaks With Long-Standing WH Tradition

Feds stop releasing 'readouts' of president's phone calls to world leaders

(Newser) - It has become traditional for American presidents to offer "readouts" summarizing their phone calls with world leaders—but President Trump didn't get where he is today by bowing to tradition. Sources tell CNN that amid the backlash to Trump's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, the White House... 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 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 »

Turkey Isn't Going to Teach Kids About Evolution Anymore

Official says evolution is 'controversial' and too complicated for students

(Newser) - Schools in Turkey will no longer teach evolution, and critics worry the country is moving further away from secularism, the Guardian reports. Alpaslan Durmus, a senior education official under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says evolution is "controversial" and still being debated. He also says it's too complicated a... More »

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