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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Erdogan: Attack could be to deter US withdrawal - ABC 36 News

Erdogan: Attack could be to deter US withdrawal
By
Justin Roth -
January 16, 2019

BEIRUT (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that an explosion that killed American service members in Syria may have been an act aimed to deter the United States from withdrawing troops.

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EU takes aim at Turkish steel sector already buckling under Trump tariffs | Reuters

EU takes aim at Turkish steel sector already buckling under Trump tariffs
Maytaal Angel, Ceyda Caglayan

LONDON/ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Commission’s move to extend its steel import restrictions threatens to force Turkish mills, already buckling under the weight of U.S. tariffs, to cut production further or in some cases close down, sources said.

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Intel: Manbij attack may strengthen Turkey’s hand against Syrian Kurds

Intel: Manbij attack may strengthen Turkey’s hand against Syrian Kurds

Al-Monitor Staff January 16, 2019

The suicide attack that killed several US service members and civilians in Manbij today may strengthen Turkey’s hand against Syrian Kurdish groups that it sees as a threat. Ankara has been arguing the US-backed Kurds are unwilling or unable to maintain stability and security in the areas they control in Syria, and is eager to replace them with its own proxies.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Turkey, US discuss Syria buffer zone as Manbij attack kills American troops

Turkey, US discuss Syria buffer zone as Manbij attack kills American troops

Jasper Mortimer January 16, 2019

Article Summary

Russia's foreign minister calls for Syrian control of areas after US withdrawal; IS suicide bomber kills 16 in Manbij; more worries expressed about election fairness in Turkey.

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Lira on a Tear as Central Bank Plays It Safe Before March Vote - Bloomberg

Lira on a Tear as Central Bank Plays It Safe Before March Vote
By Cagan Koc
and Constantine Courcoulas
January 16, 2019, 6:01 AM EST Updated on January 16, 2019, 9:38 AM EST

Turkish lira traders have plenty of risks to navigate over the next few months but the prospect of a central bank misstep before elections in March may no longer be one of them.

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Museum Selfie Day marked in Turkey - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Museum Selfie Day marked in Turkey
Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-16 22:41:14|Editor: yan

ISTANBUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Wednesday marked "Museum Selfie Day" by allowing photo taking in more than 300 museums and ancient sites across the country for the first time.

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Turkish opposition cries foul as 165-year-old registered to vote in March elections | Ahval

Turkish opposition cries foul as 165-year-old registered to vote in March elections

Over 6,000 people in Turkey over the age of 100 are listed as voters ahead of March local elections, including one 148-year-old, one aged 149, and another aged 165, according to the main opposition party, which has presented a report listing what it called a series of irregularities to the electoral supervisory body, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported .

The secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) applied to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to extend the period of voter registration due to reports of irregularities across the country. The board declined the request and voter registration for the local elections will be completed on Thursday.

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Venezuela, Turkey using gold to evade U.S. sanctions | Miami Herald

Venezuela, Turkey using gold to evade U.S. sanctions

By Imdat Oner

January 15, 2019 07:05 PM,

Almost three years ago, Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, was arrested at Miami International Airport by FBI agents. Zarrab was accused of executing “gas-for-gold” transactions with Iran, which helped Tehran circumvent U.S. sanctions intended to halt its nuclear program. He pleaded guilty and decided to cooperate with the U.S.

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