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Khashoggi killing: sons ask Saudis to return his body

The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October 2, a murder Turkey's president said was ordered from “the highest levels” of Saudi Arabia's government. "I really hope that whatever happened wasn't painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death," Abdullah…

Erdogan urges Saudis to disclose who ordered Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to disclose who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, as well as the location of his body, heightening international pressure on the kingdom to come clean on the case. Erdogan said Turkey had more information than it had shared so far about the killing of Khashoggi, a prominent U.S.-based critic of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that has pitched the world’s top oil exporter and pivotal Middle East strategic…

Five remaining mysteries in Khashoggi case

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had promised to deliver the "naked truth" in a keynote speech Tuesday on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In the end, Erdogan made public for the first time crucial new details about the intricate planning of the murder. But he did not repeat some of the most sensational allegations published in the Turkish media over the method of killing. And he admitted that there remain several areas where Turkey still needs answers. Three…

Turkey boosts lira as central bank surprises markets with big rate hike

ANKARA: Turkey's central bank surprised markets on Thursday with a bigger than expected rate hike to battle soaring inflation and boost the lira, prompting the embattled currency to surge in value. Turkey has in recent weeks been battling through one of the most troubled periods for its economy under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the lira battered on currency markets in August. The central bank hiked the one week repo auction rate 625 basis points from 17.75 percent to 24 percent, significantly higher…

Economic challenges: Imran voices support for Turkey

ISLAMABAD: Prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Tuesday voiced support for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the people of Turkey in successfully tackling economic challenges facing the country. In a tweet, the PTI chief said the people of Pakistan are praying for Turkey’s success in dealing with severe economic challenges confronting it. He said: “On behalf of the people of Pakistan & myself, I want to let President Erdogan & the people of Turkey know we are praying for their success in dealing with the…

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet. Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime. Describing the monumental change as a "new beginning", he vowed at a later ceremony at his vast…

Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turks vote for a new president and parliament on Sunday in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule. Erdogan, the most popular but also divisive leader…

Tillerson meets Turkey’s Erdogan for ‘open’ talks after weeks of strain

ANKARA: Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan had a “productive and open” talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara. Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of issues, particularly U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, seen as…

Miss Turkey stripped of her crown over controversial tweet about attempted coup

ISTANBUL: The winner of Turkey’s national beauty pageant was forced to hand back her crown hours after her victory because of a tweet relating to last year’s failed coup that was deemed offensive. Itir Esen, 18, was crowned Miss Turkey 2017 at a ceremony in Istanbul on Thursday night and was on her way to represent the country in the Miss World competition in China. But organisers said on Friday that would not be possible after they discovered an “unacceptable” tweet that Esen had sent around the first anniversary of…

Muslims deeply concerned by Myanmar violence, Turkey tells Suu Kyi

ANKARA: Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday that violence against Rohingya Muslims was of deep concern to the Muslim world, and will send his foreign minister to neighboring Bangladesh to discuss the fighting. Myanmar has come under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims after at least 400 people were killed and nearly 125,000 fled to Bangladesh in the deadliest bout of violence targeting the minority group in decades.…