Embroidered images of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen (L) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey's foreign minister claimed Sunday that President Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the G20 summit in Argentina that he was working on extraditing Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a longtime enemy of Erdogan currently living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Gulen has been accused of orchestrating a failed coup against Erdogan in 2016, which the strongman president used as a pretense to arrest thousands of dissidents and assume sweeping new executive powers. NBC News reported last month that the White House was exploring options for extraditing Gulen, who has denied any involvement in the coup, in order to compel Erdogan to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.

Zeta, now a Category 2 Hurricane, closes in on Louisiana coast

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened on Wednesday afternoon, on track to make landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana by the afternoon as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Zeta is producing 100-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The storm is gaining strength as it heads northeastward at 20 mph. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

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France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday a second nationwide lockdown starting Friday to contain the coronavirus.

Why it matters: “(France has been) overpowered by a second wave,” Macron said in a national televised address Wednesday, noting the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier," than the first. The announcement comes after the country saw over 36,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.