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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Recep Erdogan says won’t go back on S-400 deal with Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.
Rescue workers continue to remove rubble from an eight-story building which collapsed two days earlier in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey’s interior minister Suleyman Soylu said. (Emrah Gurel/Associated Press)

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 17

The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul rose to 17 as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that authorities have “lessons to learn” from the incident.
A convoy of U.S. military vehicles near Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018. (Delil Souleiman-AFP-Getty Images)

US promises to keep ISIS fight after ‘100 percent’ defeat

The United States promised Wednesday to stay focused on permanently destroying the Islamic State group but asked concerned allies to contribute more, as President Donald Trump boasted that the extremists will soon have lost all their territory in Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s provincial chairmen meeting at the party headquarters in Ankara on March 30, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - ADEM ALTAN

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan accuses EU of seeking to remove Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro in defiance...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused the European Union of seeking to overthrow embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro in defiance of “democracy.”
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a press conference to launch the international trading of oil-backed cryptocurrency called Petro, on October 1, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Federico PARRA

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro rejects European demands for new election

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro rejected demands by European countries to call elections within eight days in an interview broadcast on Sunday, insisting that his country was “not tied” to Europe.
An agreement with Turkey on Syria's Idlib province has not been fully implemented, raising concerns in Moscow and Damascus, Interfax news agency quoted a Kremlin spokesperson as saying.

Russia: Deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib not fully implemented

An agreement with Turkey on Syria's Idlib province has not been fully implemented, raising concerns in Moscow and Damascus, Interfax news agency quoted a Kremlin spokesperson as saying.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

UN expert to lead inquiry into Jamal Khashoggi murder

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions said on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry’’ into the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was in indirect contact with the Syrian government [Getty Images]

Mevlut Cavusoglu: Turkey open to working with others on Syria safe zone

Turkey has the capacity to create a "safe zone" in Syria on its own but will not exclude the United States, Russia or others if they want to cooperate, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Senator Graham (centre) has repeatedly called for accountability after Khashoggi's murder [Shawn Thew-EPA]

US senator urges Donald Trump to slow Syria pullout until IS is defeated

U.S. President Donald Trump should slow down the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria until Islamic State militants there can be defeated, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Saturday.
Senator Graham (centre) has repeatedly called for accountability after Khashoggi's murder [Shawn Thew-EPA]

Lindsey Graham: US-Saudi ties can’t move until Prince Mohammed bin Salman is dealt with

US Senator Lindsey Graham said the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia cannot move forward until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is "dealt with", without elaborating on what action he believes should be taken.
Enes Kanter has refused to travel to London ofter saying he fears assassination. David Zalubowski-AP

Report: Turkey seeks warrant for Knicks’ Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter on accusations he is part of a "terrorist" organisation, according to a news report.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump: We will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening the Turkish lira and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo ‘optimistic’ Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Washington’s top diplomat said Saturday he was “optimistic” a way could be found to protect Syrian Kurds while allowing Turks to “defend their country from terrorists” despite a US pullout from Syria.
A convoy of U.S. military vehicles near Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018. (Delil Souleiman-AFP-Getty Images)

US begins withdrawing gear from Syria, but not troops

The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America’s planned exit from the war-battered nation.
Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country.

Russia says will host Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani summit early 2019

Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country.
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters dispatched fighters and armoured vehicles to the front line with Kurdish fighters on Monday [Anadolu]

Syrian government forces ‘enter’ Kurdish-controlled Manbij region

Syrian government forces have entered the country's northern border region of Manbij controlled by Kurdish fighters, local sources told Al Jazeera and Turkey's state-run Anadolu agency.
US President Donald Trump said he spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about a slow and highly coordinated withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Donald Trump: Recep Erdogan will ‘eradicate’ ISIS in Syria

US President Donald Trump has said his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, informed him he will "eradicate whatever is left of Isis in Syria".
President Donald Trump has been a long-time climate change denier, suggesting that the concept was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

Donald Trump names James Mattis’ replacement

US President Donald Trump has forced Defence Secretary James Mattis to leave his post early, appointing an acting successor to take over in the new year.

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