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Erdogan announces trip to Saudi next month

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he will visit Saudi Arabia next month, the Turkish leader’s first since the 2018 murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Rocky relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia worsened significantly after the brutal killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in …

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Turkey clamps down on US NGO as terror financer

Turkey has frozen the assets of a total of 770 people and a U.S.-based foundation on the grounds of terrorism financing, a ruling published in its official gazette showed on Friday. Chicago-based Niagara Foundation’s assets were frozen because of links with the U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey …

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US angry at Turkey arms, drone sales to Ethiopia

U.S. authorities have taken issue with Turkey over its sales of armed drones to Ethiopia, where two sources familiar with the matter said there was mounting evidence the government had used the weapons against rebel fighters. Washington has “profound humanitarian concerns” over the sales, which could contravene U.S. restrictions on …

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Turkey’s double game in Ukraine

The Kremlin’s strategic frenemy – Turkey – is stepping up efforts to increase its influence in the Black Sea region ahead of a potential escalation of the Donbas conflict between Western-sponsored Ukraine and Russia-backed forces.By Nikola MikovicDespite the fact that Moscow and Ankara act as partners in various lucrative energy …

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Turkey, Armenia to normalize after years of conflict

Turkey and Armenia will appoint special representatives to discuss steps to normalize their ties, Turkey’s foreign minister said. Speaking in parliament during a debate over his ministry’s budget late Monday, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan would restart soon. “We have consulted with Azerbaijan. Soon, we …

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Erdogan warns of social media threat to democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described social media Saturday as one of the main threats to democracy.Erdogan’s government plans to pursue legislation to criminalize spreading fake news and disinformation online, but critics say the proposed changes would tighten restrictions on free speech. “Social media, which was described as a symbol …

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French arrest suspect in Khashoggi slaying

A suspected member of the team that murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, Khalid Alotaibi, was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris on Tuesday, judicial and airport sources said. Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi who lived in self-exile in the United States and wrote for The Washington Post, …

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Cyprus explores for gas in defiance of Turkey

Cyprus on Friday rebuffed claims it was violating Turkey’s continental shelf by awarding an exploration licence in the Mediterranean to Exxon Mobil XOM.N and Qatar Petroleum [RIC:RIC:QATPE.UL], saying it was within its sovereign rights. Turkey on Thursday accused Cyprus of violating its continental shelf by awarding an exploration licence to the two …

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Kurds in Holland protest Turkish chemical attacks

Dutch police arrested 50 people on Friday after Kurdish demonstrators alleging that Turkey is using chemical weapons in northern Iraq broke into the headquarters of the global toxic arms watchdog. Protesters got past security to enter the grounds of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague …

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Turkey discusses Syrian refugees with Lebanon

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for support for the Lebanese government in overcoming the country’s crises and holding parliamentary elections at a press conference in Beirut on Tuesday. Cavusoglu stressed that “the Lebanese people should not have to pay the price of regional bargains,” referring to the issue of …

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Turkey to mediate between Lebanon and Gulf

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Tuesday urged all parties to overcome the problems in Lebanon so that the Lebanese people do not have to “pay the price of regional bargains.” Çavuşoğlu stated in a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib that “we feel sad over …

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Israel strenuously denies Turkey espionage charges

Israel is working for the release of an Israeli couple being held in Turkey, denying allegations carried by Turkish state media that the two were spies, the Israeli prime minister said. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement that he had spoken the family of the two Israelis, Natali …

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Turkey apprehends Israeli couple on spy charges

An Israeli married couple were arrested for espionage late Friday after taking photographs of the Turkish president’s residence in Istanbul, Turkey’s official news agency said. Anadolu Agency said a Turkish national was also arrested. Police detained them after a tip off from an employee working in the Camlica radio and …

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Syrian allies of Turkey build dams to fight Kurds

Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria have weaponized water by building dams on a river that serves as a lifeline for communities living downstream in Kurdish-dominated areas, a report alleged Wednesday said. New research conducted by Dutch peace-building organization PAX shows that the Syrian National Army (SNA) built three dams that …

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Taliban wants Turkish help to get refugees back

Afghan Taliban leaders said they would do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wanting to return home, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that both sides discussed how to prevent another “migrant wave”. Turkey hosts some four million migrants, mostly Syrians, …

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Turkish intelligence helped Iraqis apprehend ISIS official

Turkish intelligence helped Iraq capture a senior Islamic State leader who had been hiding out in northwestern Syria, three security sources said on Tuesday, in an operation that points to closer cooperation against remnants of the jihadist group. Iraq announced on Monday that its security forces had captured Sami Jasim, …

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Erdogan set to meet with Biden at G20

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on the margins of the G20 summit in Rome, state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Tuesday. The summit is scheduled for Oct. 30-31. Plastic straw bans are not helping the oceans Erdogan has recently said that relations between Ankara …

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Syria wants Russia to calm things down in Idlib

The presidents of Russia and Turkey will hold talks on Wednesday on curbing renewed violence in northwest Syria and possibly expanding Moscow’s sales of military defence systems to Ankara, Turkish officials said. Vladimir Putin is hosting Tayyip Erdogan at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, where the Turkish leader will …

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Secularism under siege in Erdogan’s Turkey

When President Tayyip Erdogan opened a new court complex this month, Turkey’s senior cleric sealed the ceremony with a Muslim prayer, triggering protests from critics who said his actions contravened the secular constitution. “Make this wonderful work beneficial and blessed for our nation, my God,” Ali Erbas said in his …

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Erdogan, Putin eager to discuss Syria in Sochi

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia later this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin about the violence in northwestern Syria, where Moscow and Ankara back opposing sides, two Turkish officials said on Friday.Turkey supports fighters who sought to topple President Bashar Assad, while Russia has helped shore up …

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Turkey says can’t take any more Afghan refugees

Turkey cannot bear the burden of a new wave of migrants from Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday after talks with his German counterpart, as concerns over a new wave of migrants wave of migrants remain after the takeover of power by the Taliban. Events in Afghanistan fueled …

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Turkey won’t be storehouse for fleeing Afghanis, Erdogan says

President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged European countries to take responsibility for migrants coming from Afghanistan, adding Turkey had no intention of becoming “Europe’s migrant storage unit” amid turmoil in the country after the Taliban’s takeover. Since the Taliban entered Kabul over the weekend, scenes of chaos have unfolded as …

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