Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with the Iraqi prime minister following their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on August 14, 2018. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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A day after two major ratings agencies downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid a currency crisis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would challenge those playing "games" on the economy.The rating agency downgraded the rating by one notch to B+ from BB- and kept Turkey's outlook at stable in a move which came after the lira lost some 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year.On Friday, Turkey's battered lira weakened 3 percent after a Turkish court rejected an American pastor's appeal for release, drawing a stiff rebuke from President Donald Trump, who said the United States would not take the detention "sitting down".
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