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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 »

Turkish Guards Stomped US Protesters. Now, Charges

A dozen members of Erdogan's team to be charged; 2 Turkish-Americans arrested

(Newser) - It was a brutal display of violence that played out in broad daylight in Washington, DC, and now US authorities are charging members of the Turkish president's security detail. Police in Washington on Thursday will announce charges against 12 of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's guards who beat and... More »

In Video, Turkish President Watches Violence at DC Protest

One theory suggests that Erdogan ordered his guards to attack protesters

(Newser) - A DC protest that turned violent earlier this week made headlines because armed members of the visiting Turkish president's security detail were seen pummeling protesters near the home of Turkey's ambassador. Nine people were hospitalized, and the violence stirred outrage online as critics of Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused... More »

After Trump-Erdogan Meeting, DC Protests Turn Violent

9 injured outside residence of Turkish ambassador

(Newser) - Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrested during an altercation Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, DC. Two of those hurt were seriously injured and taken to hospitals, reports the AP . Police say the altercation broke out about 4:30pm between two groups, but didn'... More »

Trump Breaks With State Dept., Congratulates Turkey's Leader

Hours before Trump's phone call to Erdogan, rep shared concerns

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyp Erdogan Monday on winning a controversial referendum that expands his powers, but the US State Department was more wary. Hours before Trump's phone call to the Turkish leader, State Department spokesman Mark Toner echoed the concerns of the Organization for Security and... More »

Erdogan's Narrow Win Could Be 'Pyrrhic Victory'

He says he wants to bring back death penalty

(Newser) - A very narrow win for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been declared in Sunday's referendum—so narrow that some analysts believe the vote to expand his powers and allow him to stay in office until 2029 could end up weakening him. The Wall Street Journal notes that after... More »

Turkey's Erdogan Calling a Win; Opposition to Challenge

Turkish president looks to have won a hotly contested referendum cementing his powers

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is declaring victory in the contentious national referendum that could keep him in power until 2029 with vastly expanded powers, reports the Washington Post . The apparent victory isn't exactly clear cut, with the opposition not even waiting for the ballot count to finish before... More »

A Vote Sunday Could Dramatically Change Turkey

President is seeking to expand his powers

(Newser) - Voters in Turkey go to the polls Sunday, but this is no ordinary election. Technically, it's about whether to shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system, reports CNBC . But the bigger issue is that it would result in sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Supporters say... More »

The Surprise Dutch-Turkish Fight, Explained

Upcoming votes in each country and far-right politician Geert Wilders at center

(Newser) - A blizzard of headlines over the past week have revolved around a spat between the Netherlands and Turkey, and seemingly at the center of them all is a far-right Dutch politician named Geert Wilders. A primer on the diplomatic fight and the stakes involved:
  • About Wilders: He leads the Party
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