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President Arif Alvi attends as Turkey’s Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday opened Istanbul's new international airport, which his government says will eventually become the world's largest. "The new airport will be the pride of our country and an example to the world," Erdogan said at a lavish opening ceremony featuring several heads of state including president of Pakistan Arif Alvi. President Arif Alvi is in Turkey on three-day official visit on the invitation of Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the inauguration…

Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a "brawl" inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers. The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with their probe and the sacking of two top officials linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has faced mounting pressure over the journalist's disappearance. Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's powerful…

Ten years jail sought for taxi driver over ‘fraud’ ride

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday requested a prison sentence of up to 10 years for an Istanbul taxi driver who needlessly took a passenger from one side of the city to the other, causing the tourist to miss a flight. The Istanbul driver is accused of deliberately taking the Saudi tourist from the Asian side of the city to the European side and back again rather than directly to Istanbul's second international airport, state broadcaster TRT Haber said. Both the Kadikoy district, where the passenger was picked…