Erdogan says to extend Turkey’s emergency rule, rounds on rating agencies

Turkish President Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in AnkaraBy Seda Sezer and Tuvan Gumrukcu ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that emergency rule could be extended beyond a year and rounded on rating agencies after Moody's cut Turkey to "junk" status, helping send the lira to its weakest in almost two months. In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would benefit from a three-month extension to the three-month state of emergency declared after a failed July 15 coup, which the government says is needed to hunt down those responsible, but which critics say is being used to stifle dissent. "It would be in Turkey's benefit to extend the state of emergency for three months," he told a group of provincial leaders at the presidential palace.



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India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan, raising risk of escalation

An Indian army soldier patrols along a highway on the outskirts of SrinagarBy Sanjeev Miglani and Asad Hashim NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan and raising the risk of escalation. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. The cross-border action inflicted significant casualties, the Indian army's head of operations told reporters in New Delhi, while senior government officials said Indian soldiers had crossed the border to target militant camps.



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