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Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis

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By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Jonathan Spicer ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors. President Tayyip Erdogan, who said at the weekend he had ordered the envoys to be declared “persona non grata” for seeking the release of a jailed philanthropist, told a news conference they had stepped back and would be more careful. “Our goal is never to create crises, it is to protect the rights, laws, hono…

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