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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for Fethullah Gülen - The Weekly Standard | Ahval

Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for Fethullah Gülen - The Weekly Standard

American diplomats are quietly attempting to work out a solution for the dispute between Turkey and the United States and President Donald Trump will agree to an extradition hearing for U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, the Weekly Standard said on Saturday.

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Erdogan challenges economy 'game-players' as currency plummets | Euronews

Erdogan challenges economy 'game-players' as currency plummets
By Louise Miner with Reuters• last updated: 18/08/2018
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A day after two major ratings agencies downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid a currency crisis, Turkish President Erdogan says he'll challenge those playing "games" on the economy.

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Turkey’s ''Whatsapp journalism'' destroying press freedom - IPI | Ahval

Turkey’s ''Whatsapp journalism'' destroying press freedom

IPI Turkey’s government departments are increasingly sharing news items with journalists via WhatsApp groups, ready to be “copied and pasted” in the next day’s paper, reported International Press Institute (IPI) website. Media remains under the choke-hold of the Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey which ranked 157 out of 180 countries in April in free speech advocacy group Reporters Without Borders annual report on global press freedom. Around 90 percent of Turkey’s newspaper coverage is pro-government.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Macron news: France pledges to BOOST economic ties with Turkey risking Trump fury | World | News | Express.co.uk

Macron risks Trump fury as France pledges to BOOST economic ties with Turkey

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed in a phone call on Thursday the importance of developing economic and trade ties and boosting bilateral investment, according to a Turkish presidential source.

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The Latest: Moody’s cuts Turkey’s credit rating further

The Latest: Moody’s cuts Turkey’s credit rating further

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s credit rating deeper into “junk” status and slapped a “negative” rating on its outlook.

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How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink - WSJ

How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink

The president set policy that let his nation gorge on foreign loans, granting his wish of a brawny economic expansion. Now it is paying the price.

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Turkey Has Only Itself To Blame For Its Financial Crisis

Turkey Has Only Its President To Blame For Its Financial Crisis

Despite being a long-time NATO member, Turkey under the leadership of President Tayyip Erdogan no longer acts like an ally.
By Helen Raleigh
August 17, 2018
After President Trump tweeted last Friday that he authorized “a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey,” the Turkish lira fell more than 20 percent against the U.S. dollar during Friday’s trading. Since the value of the lira has already dropped more than 60 percent this year, Turkey is at the brink of a financial disaster.

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