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Yahoo NewsOct 16, 2019
Turkish president plans trip to Moscow as Syria crisis erodes American power
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, rejected a US demand that he halt the Turkish offensive in northern Syria but is expected to fly to Moscow to talk about the crisis with Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump has dispatched Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, to Ankara in a bid to calm the greatest crisis between the US and a Nato ally in living memory. Mr Pence said he would meet with Mr Erdogan on Thursday and "voice the United States' commitment to reach an immediate ceasefire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement." He reiterated that Mr Trump will pursue "punishing economic sanctions" until a resolution is reached. But Mr Erdogan said on Wednesday that he would only halt the offensive if Kurdish-led forces quit a designated border area "by tonight." "There are some leaders who are trying to mediate... There has never been any such thing in the history of the Turkish republic as the state sitting at the same table with a terror organisation," he said in an address to the Turkish parliament.  Kurds in the Middle East In an even blunter rejection of the US request, he told Turkish journalists: "They tell us 'to declare a ceasefire'. We can never declare a ceasefire." However, his aides retracted a statement by the president saying he would refuse to meet Mr Pence. In what looked like an extraordinary snub,  Mr Erdogan told Sky News on

USATODAY.com News - Top StoriesOct 16, 2019
'Don't be a tough guy:' Donald Trump pens letter to Turkish President Erdogan after Syria phone call
A letter dated three days after Trump spoke to Erdogan by phone warns of sanctions against Ankara if Turkey invades northern Syria.      

Top Stories - Google NewsOct 16, 2019
Tentative deal to end GM strike lacks Trump's pet project in Ohio: sources - New York Post
Tentative deal to end GM strike lacks Trump's pet project in Ohio: sources  New York Post GM, UAW agree on tentative labor contract that could end a monthlong strike by 48,000 workers  CNBCUS economy is 'the big winner' in UAW-GM deal: Toyota North America CEO  Fox BusinessLocal UAW members head to Detroit for details on deal  WOODTV.comLabored coverage  Columbia Journalism ReviewView full coverage on Google News
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