Turkey: President Erdogan challenges those playing "games" on the economy

An armed vehicle parked near a portrait of al Assad in central Homs province this month

An armed vehicle parked near a portrait of al Assad in central Homs province this month

The Turkish lira has lost almost 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, hit by a worsening diplomatic rift with the United States and by investor alarm about President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over monetary policy. "We see your game and we challenge it", Erdogan said Saturday at the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) sixth grand congress. "Turkey did not and will not surrender to those which try to make Turkey as a strategic target".

Turkey's battered lira weakened 3 percent after a Turkish court rejected an American pastor's appeal for release.

Erdogan told thousands of supporters in Ankara that Turkey is "threatened by the economy, sanctions, foreign currency, interest rates and inflation", The Associated Press reported.

Brunson was arrested on charges of terrorism and support of a group held responsible for an attempted coup of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Dramatic footage shows moment 3-year-old girl saved from hot auto
Seminole County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bill Dunn noticed the child locked in the sweltering vehicle on Father's Day this year. He carried the child to his patrol auto , flung on the air conditioning and sat her down in front of it. "It's OK, baby.

The US pastor, who has already spent almost two years behind bars in Turkey, has denied the charges, calling them "shameful and disgusting".

August 10, President Donald Trump doubled US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports.

"Risks remain particularly with regards to uncertainty over how Brexit is going to pan out as well as future USA trade policies", the ministry said in its monthly report. In retaliation, Turkey fired back with tariffs on USA cars, alcohol, cosmetics.

Turkey and the U.S. also disagree over their military interventions in the Syria war, Ankara's plan to buy missile defense systems from Russian Federation and the USA conviction of a Turkish state bank executive on sanctions-busting charges in January.

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