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Turkey has not revealed all about Khashoggi killing – Erdogan

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'We haven't given all the elements we have at our disposal,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pompeo says U.S. 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:19 AM

'The president has been very clear – couldn't be more clear – as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US PROBE. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity' – Turkey

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Turkey calls on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'to take effective steps to end the human tragedy'

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 17

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Turkish media says 3 of the 8 floors had been illegally built – a common practice in the metropolis of some 15 million people

COLLAPSED. Rescuers work at the site of a building that collpased in Istanbul's Kartal district on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump ignores deadline

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The US president is given 120 days to designate those responsible, but no definitive action is done on the deadline

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Jamal Khashoggi's life, Hatice Cengiz leaves the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions are met

HOPE. Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi speaks to medias on February 8, 2019 during a presentation press conference of her book named 'Jamal Khashoggi' in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last ISIS pocket

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

US President Donald Trump predicts that the once-sprawling proto-state's official death could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan accuses EU of seeking Maduro's ouster in defiance of 'democracy'

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government survived a coup bid in July 2016, has given support to Nicolas Maduro in the wake of the crisis, telling him in a phone call to 'stand tall'

Turkey captures ISIS suspects on Syria border

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Border units from the Turkish armed forces capture the ISIS suspects on Friday, February 1 in the Akcakale district of Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

U.N. judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Turkish authorities have called for an international probe into the killing which took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, complaining of Saudi Arabia's failure to cooperate

PROBE. This handout picture released by the Turkish Foreign Minister shows Agnes Callamard (L), UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) pose for photographs in Ankara, on January 28, 2019 during a meeting focused on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. AFP PHOTO/TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

Damascus condemns Turkey presence in north Syria as violation of deal

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Turkey argues the Adana Protocol provides Ankara with the legal ground to intervene in Syria against the PKK and its affiliates

Turkey expects creation of Syria 'security zone' in 'few months'

Jan 25, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'We expect the promise of a security zone, a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists to be fulfilled in few months,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

SYRIA. This file photo shows Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey says can form 'security zone' in Syria alone

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'We can establish this security zone on our own and take the necessary measures,' Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says

ON SECURITY ZONE. In this file photo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addresses supporters at the residence of Turkey's consul general in Hamburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2017. File photo by Daniel Reinhardt /dpa/AFP

Erdogan in Moscow for talks with Putin on Syria safe zone

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will discuss with Vladimir Putin the creation of a Turkish-controlled 'security zone' in northern Syria, suggested by Donald Trump

SYRIA WAR. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan answer journalists' questions during a press conference in Konstantinovsky Palace outside Saint Petersburg on August 9, 2016. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Instead, the Kurds say they will accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participating in a training manuever, gather near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo's province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition, on January 16, 2019. Turkey has threatened to launch a vast cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls most of northeastern Syria. Syria's Kurds today rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Turkey to set up Syria 'security zone' after Trump call

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

In a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirms that 'a 20-mile security zone along the Syrian border... will be set up by us'

TURKEY. Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. File photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In a telephone conversation, the leaders 'discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of the country,' the Turkish presidency says in a statement

ON SYRIA. This combination of file pictures created on August 11, 2018 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) deliverling a speech during an AK party's group meeting at the AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, on January 26, 2018; and US President Donald Trump (R) during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 30, 2018. File photos by Adem Altan and Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump warns Turkey of economic devastation if it hits Kurds

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Turkey reacts angrily to suggestions that Trump's plan to withdraw troops is conditional on the safety of the US-backed Kurdish fighters, seen by the Turkish government as terrorists

TRUMP WARNS TURKEY. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House for Paris in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Turkey trial to open into Russian ambassador's 2016 killing

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The Ankara prosecutor has charged 16 of the suspects with 'premeditated murder with the intention of causing terror,' according to the indictment

IN MEMORY. A woman attends a ceremony unveiling a commemorative plaque in memory of slain Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in Moscow on December 19, 2017. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Trump advisor in Turkey for talks on Syria pullout

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

US President Donald Trump says the fight against ISIS is not over and that the withdrawal will be done in a 'prudent' manner

U.S. seeking to ensure 'Turks don't slaughter the Kurds' in Syria

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:36 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references the growing fears for US-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as he defends President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from the war-battered country

ON SYRIA. In this file photo, Mike Pompeo delivers his remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

CCTV footage shows men transporting 'Khashoggi body parts'

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The footage shows 3 men carrying 5 suitcases and two large bags into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, only a short distance away from where the murder of Jamal Khashoggi took place

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after U.S. pullout

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov says an 'understanding was reached' between military representatives of Russia and Turkey

COORDINATION. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country and Turkey will coordinate ground operations in Syria. Photo by AFP

Turkey probes prominent TV anchor

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Fox Haber's TV anchor Faith Portakal faces an investigation over his tweet asking Turks to have a 'peaceful protest against rising natural gas fees'

PROBE. A Turkey prosecutor is launching an investigation on Fox Haber's TV anchor Faith Portakal after tweeting about high inflation. Photo from Portakal's Twitter

Erdogan invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria pullout

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

President Donald Trump is 'open to a potential meeting in the future,' says the White House

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Turkey, Iran hold talks after U.S. Syria announcement

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Turkey has been working closely with Iran and Russia to find a political solution to the war in Syria

U.S. approves $3.5B Patriot missile sale to Turkey

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Turkey military to guard against hostile aggression and shield NATO allies who might train and operate within Turkey's borders,' says the US State Department

Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. Police tried to stop around 200 protesters in the Gayrettepe district on the European side of Istanbul who wanted to walk to the famous square in spite of the ban by city authorities. The protesters -- made up of left-wing groups -- unfurled anti-government banners against the result of the April 16 referendum, which handed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. / AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

U.N. calls for 'credible' probe into Khashoggi murder

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:53 PM

'It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation and to have the punishment of those that were guilty,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says

People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. - Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2, 2018 after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork before marrying his Turkish fiancee. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Turkey won't 'give up' on Khashoggi murder probe – minister

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:46 PM

'We will go to the end,' says Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

SYMBOLIC FUNERAL. In this file photo taken on November 16, 2018, a person holds a banner of Jamal Khashoggi during a symbolic funeral prayer for the Saudi journalist, killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, at the courtyard of Fatih mosque in Istanbul, on November 16, 2018. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Ankara train crash leaves 9 dead, 86 injured

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:58 PM

A high-speed train crashes into a locomotive in the Turkish capital, which officials say become the latest rail disaster to hit the country

This picture taken on December 13, 2018 shows the train's wreckage after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in Ankara. Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured in this train accident. ADEM ALTAN / AFP

At least 251 journalists jailed globally – CPJ

Dec 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM

'The terrible global assault on journalists that has intensified in the past few years shows no sign of abating,' says Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

EXTRADITION CALL. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants extraditions of suspects behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

George Soros foundation says will end Turkey activities

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The foundation says it will apply for its closure to the court 'immediately,' but insists it conducted each operation in Turkey in compliance with the country's laws

Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Prince Mohammed will visit a 'number of brotherly' Arab states at the request of his father, King Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Crown prince a 'red line' in Khashoggi probe – Saudi FM

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insists that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is not involved in the killing

'RED LINE.' In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. File photo by Ahmed Farwan/AFP

Turkey jails academic after raids over imprisoned philanthropist

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:19 PM

All suspects, including those released, remain accused of 'creating chaos and mayhem' and 'seeking to overthrow the government' in 2013 anti-government protests

Turkey has more evidence in Khashoggi murder – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 3:47 PM

A Turkish newspaper says a second voice recording clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist has been premeditated

MORE EVIDENCE? A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan shares Khashoggi tapes

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recordings linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi were sent to Saudi, but were not accompanied by any written documents

MURDERED. In this file photo taken on November 2, 2018 Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message (upper R) during a remembrance ceremony for her fiancée in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey calls for Khashoggi probe to be completed 'as soon as possible'

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:43 PM

'The investigation must be completed as soon as possible, so that the whole truth is revealed,' says Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Protestors hold placards as they stage a protest outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris on October 26, 2018, after the assasination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.  JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

Saudi Arabia rejects Turkey call to extradite Khashoggi killers

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'The individuals are Saudi nationals. They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia,' Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says

NOT COOPERATING? Saudi Arabia dismissed on Octiber 13 accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as "lies and baseless allegations", as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Turkey to host Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The planned summit will be the first to bring together the Turkish and Russian leaders with the European Union's two most significant national leaders to 'try and find' a lasting solution to the Syrian war

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Oct 27, 2018 - 12:27 PM

A written request for the extradition of the 18 suspects has been prepared by Istanbul's chief prosecutor

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Turkish president Erdogan says they still have more evidence about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs’ Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017, as part of the events held to mark one year since the July 15 defeat of the failed coup bid. Turkey on July 15 marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "chop off the heads" of traitors. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Saudi says Turkish probe shows Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM

It is the latest twist in the shifting official narrative of the October 2 killing inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul

KILLED. Photographed is Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman with a picture of Khashoggi during a demonstration. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Murder of Khashoggi 'premeditated,' says Saudi prosecutor

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A statement from Saudi Arabia public prosecutor says: 'Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated'

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi crown prince deplores 'repulsive' Khashoggi murder in first comments

Oct 25, 2018 - 8:16 AM

'Those responsible will be held accountable... in the end justice will prevail,' says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/File