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Turkish lira firms before finance minister’s presentation

Turkish lira firms before finance minister’s presentation

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish lira strengthened more than 3 percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor. FILE PHOTO: A 100 Turkish lira banknote is seen on top of 50 Turkish lira banknotes in this picture illustration in Istanbul, Turkey August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File PhotoThe currency gained some support from the announcement late on Wednesday of a Qatari pledge to invest $15 billion in Turkey and Albayrak will be looking to reassure investors in his conference call at 1300 GMT. The lira TRYTOM=D3, still down 34 percent against the dollar this year, firmed to 5.7700 by 1100 GMT from a close of 5.95. Other Turkish marke...
Freed in Turkey before spy trial, Greek soldiers await flight home

Freed in Turkey before spy trial, Greek soldiers await flight home

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two Greek soldiers facing espionage charges in Turkey are due to fly home early on Wednesday after a provincial court released them, in a ruling Athens said would help to improve strained ties between the two NATO allies. Angelos Mitretodis, one of two Greek soldiers who were detained after crossing the border into Turkey, is escorted by Turkish gendarmes as he leaves from a courthouse in Edirne, Turkey August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ilkyaz SavasThe soldiers crossed into Turkey in March, in what Greece said was an accident while they were following the trail of suspected illegal migrants. But a court in the western province of Edirne ordered their detention the same month on suspicion of attempted military espionage. The same court ruled for their release on Tuesday after...

Officials recover Horizon Air flight data recorder, say plane was destroyed beyond recognition

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The plane went through several 100-foot-high lines of trees and was fragmented from the crash into pieces tiny enough to pick up, NTSB Western Pacific Region chief Debra Eckrote said Sunday. "You couldn't even tell it was a plane except for some of the bigger sections, like the wing section," Eckrote said. "Even the small sections, most of it doesn't resemble a plane."Richard Russell took off in the stolen plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, flew for about an hour with military jets chasing him and crashed the 76-seater Horizon Air plane in a wooded island, authorities said.Russell was the only person aboard, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said. The Sheriff's Department described Russell as suicidal but did not elaborate. The NTSB recovered the fligh...
Richard Russell's Flight Experience Before Stealing a Plane? 'I Played Video Games'

Richard Russell's Flight Experience Before Stealing a Plane? 'I Played Video Games'

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Richard Russell’s Flight Experience Before Stealing a Plane? ‘I Played Video Games’ImageThe site on Ketron Island, near Seattle, where Richard B. Russell, a ground service agent employed by Horizon Air, crashed a stolen Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday.CreditTed S. Warren/Associated PressBy Louis Lucero II and Melissa GomezAug. 12, 2018As he flew the stolen 76-seat passenger plane above the Seattle area for nearly an hour on Friday night, Richard B. Russell was asked by an air traffic controller whether he was comfortable “just flying the plane around.”Mr. Russell, 28, a Horizon Air employee whose duties would have included handling baggage and de-icing planes but not flying them, responded, “I played video games before, so, you know, I know what I’m doing a little bit.”Indeed, Gary Be
Fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Remains a Mystery, Panel Says

Fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Remains a Mystery, Panel Says

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Fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Remains a Mystery, Panel SaysImageKok Soo Chon, second from right, described a panel’s findings on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 during a news conference on Monday in Putrajaya, Malaysia.CreditFazry Ismail/EPA, via ShutterstockBy Austin RamzyJuly 30, 2018An official Malaysian investigation into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared four years ago and has not been found despite extensive searches, was unable to determine what happened to the plane, safety investigators said Monday.The head of the safety investigation team, Kok Soo Chon, said the available pieces of evidence, including the plane’s deviation from its flight course and the switching off of a transponder, “irresistibly point” to unlawful interference.But he added that
Malaysia to release report on missing flight MH370 on July 30

Malaysia to release report on missing flight MH370 on July 30

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will release on July 30 a long-awaited report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the transport minister said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a message board for passengers, onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, during its fourth annual remembrance event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File PhotoIn May, Malaysia called off a privately-funded underwater search for the aircraft, which became one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries when it vanished with 239 aboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2014. The investigation team would brief families of those aboard on the report at the transport ministry on July 30, said the minister, Anthony Loke. “Every word reco

Prosecutors: Butina a flight risk, has ties to Russian intelligence

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The 29-year-old alleged Russian spy relied on a web of people for her efforts to infiltrate Republican politics, prosecutors say, and they suspect her of planning to leave the country. She used state-sponsored spies in Russia for guidance, oligarchs for support and funding, and a 56-year-old American for political access, they added said.Butina, also known as Maria Butina, appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon on charges of conspiracy and acting as an illegal foreign agent in the US. She entered a plea of not guilty to the charges during hear hearing. Her attorney argued in court that she is not a flight risk and has been responding to various government investigations.Butina was wearing an orange prison jump suit as the two sides argued over her continued detention.Government l...