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Roman legionary base in Turkey to be unearthed

Archeological excavation has begun at the site of a Roman legionary base in the ancient city of Satala in Gümüşhane, northeast Turkey. Click through for the story in photos...

Erdogan says Turkey will defy economic threats

Turkey's president has said his country will stand strong against an "attempted economic coup" amid heightened tensions with the US.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told thousands of supporters in Ankara that the country was being "threatened by the economy, sanctions, foreign currency, interest rates and inflation."

Greek gov't plans low-key bailout exit

Greece will exit its bailout program on Monday after eight years of highly unpopular memorandums, but the government's plans to mark the occasion with fanfare have been dashed by the fallout from the deadly Attica fires on July 23 which left almost 100 dead. 

Greece-Israel-Cyprus summit brought forward

This fall's planned trilateral summit in Jerusalem between Greece, Cyprus and Israel at the foreign ministry level has been brought forward to September 13.

US says Manbij road map unaffected by row with Turkey

An ongoing row between Turkey and the U.S. has not affected a bilateral agreement about the northern Syrian city of Manbij, the State Department's acting Middle East chief said Friday.

Addressing reporters on a conference call on Syria, David Satterfield said "there has been no impact" on the plan from the spike in tensions.

Turkey, France to act against US sanctions

The Turkish finance minister and his French counterpart on Friday agreed over the phone to conduct a joint action against U.S. sanctions targeting Turkey, according to the ministerial sources.

S&P, Moody's lower Turkey's ratings

Two major global ratings agencies lowered Turkey's ratings Aug. 17, saying they could be upgraded with certain economic improvements.

Turkish defense minister, intelligence chief in Russia to discuss Syria's Idlib

Turkey's defense minister and the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) have paid a snap visit to Moscow to discuss recent developments in Syria, amid concerns over the Syrian regime's ongoing military operation in the Idlib province, which Turkey says could produce catastrophic consequences for both civilians and Turkey's border security. 

'The Wild Pear Tree' announced as Turkey's Oscar entry

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film "Ahlat Ağacı" (The Wild Pear Tree) was announced on Aug. 17 as Turkey's Oscar entry for the 91st Academy Awards next year under the category of Best Foreign Film.

Great Soloists | Syros | August 18

The curtain falls on the 14th International Classical Music Festival of the Cyclades at the Apollon Theater in Ermoupoli on Saturday, August 18. The annual festival hosts artists from all over the world in performances of classical works from chamber music to arias under the artistic direction of Greek National Opera violinist Giannou Margaziotis.

Turkey Says will Respond if US Imposes more Sanctions

AFP - Turkey on Friday threatened to respond if the United States levied further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency.

Turkey will retaliate, but stay open to dialogue with US: Minister

Turkey will continue retaliating against U.S. sanctions but will stay open to dialogue and cooperation, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said at a meeting organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) in the capital Ankara on Aug. 17. 

Turkey can overcome economic difficulties: China

China offered moral support to Turkey on Aug. 17, saying it believed the country could overcome its "temporary" economic difficulties, in Beijing's first comment on the issue.