Turkey, U.S. discussed return of jailed Halkbank exec – Turkey minister

Turkey and the United States have discussed returning a jailed executive from state-owned lender Halkbank <HALKB.IS> to Turkey where he can serve the rest of his sentence from an Iran sanctions-busting case, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. In May, a U.S. court sentenced Hakan Atilla, an executive from Halkbank,

US offers rewards for info on PKK chiefs wanted by Turkey: official

ANKARA: The US is offering millions of dollars in rewards for information over the whereabouts of three leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a top American official said after a visit to Ankara Tuesday. The rewards of up to $5 million (4.4 million euros) are likely to gladden Ankara

Turkish lawyer for U.S. pastor Brunson appeals to constitutional court

The lawyer for U.S. evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson said he filed an appeal on Wednesday to Turkey's constitutional court for his client's release from house arrest. The case of Andrew Brunson, whose next regular court hearing is on October 12, has become the most divisive issue in a worsening diplomatic row

Turkish lira gains on hopes of improved U.S. ties

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish lira firmed on Tuesday as investors bet on an easing in Turkey-U.S. strains after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expected talks with Turkish officials this week over the fate of a U.S. pastor on trial in Turkey. The lira has lost nearly 40