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Rights groups have accused China of engaging in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims [Thomas Peter-Reuters]

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet’s death

China has hit back at claims by Turkey over its treatment of Uighur people, and denied reports a prominent poet and musician from the ethnic Muslim minority was tortured to death in prison.
A Bible thought to be 1,200 years old was found in a police operation in southeastern Turkey, the governor’s office said on Feb. 5.

1,200-year-old Bible found in South-eastern Turkey

A 1,200-year-old Bible was found during an anti-smuggling operation in South-eastern Turkey, the Governor’s Office said on Tuesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had spoken to Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, but did not elaborate on how the protections would be achieve [Anadolu]

Mike Pompeo ‘optimistic’ clashes between Turkey and SDF can be avoided

Washington's top diplomat said he was "optimistic" an agreement with Ankara could be reached which will protect Syrian Kurdish groups while allowing Turks to "defend their country from terrorists" following a US pullout from Syria.
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.
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How the man behind Jamal Khashoggi murder ran the killing via Skype

Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of the fall guys as Riyadh tries to stem international outrage at Khashoggi’s death. On Saturday, Saudi state media said King Salman had sacked Qahtani and four other officials over the killing carried out by a 15-man hit team.
his handout picture taken and released by Turkish Presidential Press Service sows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saluting supporters after Friday prayers, in Bayburt, August 10, 2018. Turkey's Finance and Treasury Minister, son-in-law of Erdogan, Berat Albayrak will reveal a " new economic model " as the Turkish Lira has lost more than 30 percent of its value since the start of the year / Murat KULA / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP

Turkey doubles tariffs on some US goods amid rising tensions

Turkey doubled tariffs on some imports from the United States - such as passenger cars, alcohol and tobacco - in what it said was retaliation for "deliberate attacks" on its economy.
This handout photograph taken and released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service on August 3, 2018, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) as he delivers a speech during the 'new goverment's 100 days action plan' meeting in Ankara. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / HO /

President Erdogan accuses US of seeking to stab Turkey ‘in the back’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey “in the back” over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at a ceremony site on "July 15 Martyrs Bridge" (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul on July 15, 2018.Turkey is marking two years since the defeat of the coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to showcase national unity and his grip on power in an increasingly polarised society. The authorities have declared July 15, an annual national holiday of "democracy and unity", billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

President Erdogan tells Turkey to ‘trust in God’ as currency falls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has brushed off the plunging value of the lira and a rift with the US, telling Turks: "If they have their dollars, we have our people, our God."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. (J. Scott Applewhite-AP)

Mike Pompeo: US, Turkey to resolve detainee spat ‘in a matter of days’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he hopes an American detained in Turkey will be released in the coming days after US sanctions were recently slapped on Turkish officials.

US top envoy Mike Pompeo meets Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu to seek pastor’s release

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Singapore to seek release of detained American pastor.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on July 9, 2018 be sworn in for a second mandate as Turkey's head of state after his election triumph last month, assuming sweeping powers granted under a new constitution, a presidential source said. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan appoints son-in-law finance minister

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan ushered in the new, executive presidential system he had long campaigned for by putting his son-in-law in charge of the economy and promising greater overhaul of a country he has dominated for 15 years.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote in Istanbul on Sunday | Getty Images

World reaction to Recep Erdogan’s election victory

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in an election, handing him five more years in office with sweeping new powers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures to supporters as he addresses a campaign rally in Istanbul on June 23, 2018, one day before presidential and parliamentary elections. Turkey is preparing for tight presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, while many analysts say the incumbent President wants a major foreign policy success to give him a final boost. Aris MESSINIS / AFP

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan faces resurgent opposition in twin election test

Turks were voting Sunday in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles.

Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting President Erdogan

Turkish police have jailed one of the country’s most prominent cartoonists to serve out a 14-month sentence first handed down last year on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

Dutch officer to be charged for leaking MP’s security plans

Dutch prosecutors said Monday they will bring charges against a policeman accused of leaking information about the security surrounding controversial far-right MP Geert Wilders.

Turkey’s Recep Erdogan hails Algeria trade deals on Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the signing of trade deals with Algeria on Tuesday as he visited the country on the first leg of a tour of Africa.

12 ISIL widows sentenced by Iraqi court

A Turkish woman was sentenced to death and 11 other foreign widows to life in jail by an Iraqi court, for their involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

US-Turkish relations at ‘crisis point’ – Rex Tillerson

The US secretary of state has acknowledged that his country's relationship with Turkey is "at a bit of a crisis point", as his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, demanded that the US "turn words into actions" to resolve their differences in dealing with the Syrian crisis.

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