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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s promise of a new economic era triggered a foreign-driven rally in the lira, but local investors have yet to be persuaded that policies they say have dragged on economic prospects for years will be reversed. Twice since mid-2018 the economy has sharply contracted while half the lira’s value has evaporated, setting both back compared to peers. That rally was partially reversed by Turks, who still face negligible deposit rates, buying $4 billion of gold and foreign exchange in two weeks. Graphic: Lira cools after rallySlideshow ( 2 images )Locals could warm to the lira if deposit rates are pulled higher by further monetary tightening, analysts say. On Monday, Erdogan announced curfews and said the government is taking careful steps to avoid “a full-blown economic and social crisis”.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Umit, Baris Hocaoglu, Erdogan, Mehmet Ali Yildirimturk, , , curfews, Oktay Dagasan, Numan Kurtulmus, Joe Biden, Atilla Yesilada Organizations: REUTERS, Istanbul Portfoy, AK Party, European Union, Joe Biden White, GlobalSource Partners Locations: ISTANBUL, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, Metro, Migros, Carrefour, Ankara
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Operations targeting the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen have continued under a four-year-long crackdown since the attempted coup in July 2016. The detentions were ordered by the chief prosecutor in the western coastal province of Izmir, Anadolu said, adding that it also took steps to sack 848 military personnel, including high ranking officers, over links to the network. Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military alone.
Persons: Fethullah Gulen, Gulen, Tayyip Erdogan Organizations: Anadolu, Turkish Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Ankara, U.S, Izmir, Anadolu
This vaccine candidate developed against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by the U.S. Pfizer and German BioNTech company. If enough get immunized, he said the U.S. "should have this pandemic under control in the second half of 2021." "Very quickly we'll start having more than 150 million doses a month in March, April, May," Slaoui said. However, a lot more vaccine doses will be required to inoculate nearly 8 billion people around the globe and achieve so-called herd immunity. "That I think is reassuring because between that and the other vaccines being developed, I would hope by early 2022 or middle 2022 most of the world will have been immunized," Slaoui said.
Persons: Slaoui, Johnson, Novavax, CNBC's Berkeley Lovelace Jr Organizations: Ankara University, Sina, U.S, Pfizer, German, Covid, Trump, Washington Post, Moderna, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, for Disease Control, AstraZeneca, Johnson, FDA, World Health Organization Locations: Ankara, Turkey, U.S
Turkish exploration vessel back in port ahead of EU summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk IsikANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port on Monday from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Tensions flared in August when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to map out energy drilling prospects in waters also claimed by Greece. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit in October to “allow for diplomacy”, but later sent it back after what it called unsatisfactory outcomes from the summit. Refinitiv ship tracking data confirmed Oruc Reis was back in port in Antalya on Monday morning.
Persons: Oruc Reis, Yoruk Isik, Hayreddin Pasa, Tayyip Erdogan’s Organizations: REUTERS, Ankara, NATO, EU Locations: Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey, Yoruk, Yoruk Isik ANKARA, Greece, Ankara, Antalya, Turkey’s, Cyprus, Athens, Northern Cyprus, France, Paris
Saudi Arabia has suspended Turkish meat imports - Turkish union
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Ceyda Caglayan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters’ union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rivals. REUTERS/Umit BektasTurkish exporters have reported increasing obstacles to trade in Saudi Arabia, as businessmen in the Gulf Arab state have led calls for bans on Turkish imports and as ties between the two countries deteriorated. Ankara says it has been told by Riyadh that there is no formal boycott, but the exporters’ union said it had been informed by Turkey’s trade ministry that imports of some Turkish goods had been suspended earlier this month. Turkey’s Exporters Assembly says exports to Saudi Arabia fell 16% in the first 10 months of this year to $2.23 billion. “Even though there was no official ban, we were unable to send many products to Saudi Arabia anyway, including chicken products,” said Sait Koca, general manager of a poultry company.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi King Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s, Ruhsar Pekcan, ” Pekcan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Joe Biden, Erdogan, , Sait Koca, Weeks Organizations: REUTERS, , Reuters, Turkey’s Trade, World Trade Organisation, Saudi Locations: ISTANBUL, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Saudi, Ankara, Gulf, Istanbul, Riyadh, Sabah, U.S
Turkey records highest new coronavirus death toll for fourth consecutive day
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Umit BektasISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s daily number of coronavirus deaths hit a record high for a fourth consecutive day with 174 in the past 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed on Thursday, and it also reported the highest number of new daily infections yet. Data showed that Turkey recorded 29,132 COVID-19 cases, including asymptomatic ones, on Thursday. From July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were 6,876 on Thursday, raising the total number to 474,606. The total number of deaths stood at 13,014. Thursday’s new case tally was also the highest daily number reported since the beginning of the pandemic but historical data and the cumulative number of all cases is still not available.
Organizations: REUTERS, Health Locations: Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, Umit, ISTANBUL, Ankara
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey does not expect ties with the United States to be strained under President-elect Joe Biden and does not anticipate sanctions over its purchase of Russia S-400 defence systems, a senior official in President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party said. Turkey has relied on the good personal ties between Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump to smooth over divisions, but Biden is expected to be tougher on Turkey over foreign and defence policies and Ankara’s human rights record. “The U.S. President will most likely watch the balance in the Middle East very carefully for U.S. interests, and will not want to continue the tense ties with Turkey,” Kurtulmus said. Ankara says the S-400s will not be integrated into NATO and has called for a joint working group to discuss U.S. concerns. Kurtulmus repeated that Turkey would not bow to pressure to return the Russian systems, or leave them unused.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tayyip Erdogan’s, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Biden, Numan Kurtulmus, ” Kurtulmus, , Kurtulmus Organizations: Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, NATO, Reuters, AK, U.S, European Union, Ankara Locations: ANKARA, Turkey, United States, Russia, Ankara, Washington, Syria, Russian
France, EU lawmakers push for sanctions on Turkey next month
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Robin Emmott | John Irish | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. “Confrontation or collaboration, it’s up to them.”The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticised the EU for discussing sanctions, saying such debate was not helpful. “However, Turkey is a key partner in many areas, so there’s no consensus in the Council (of EU governments). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the boarding was an act of “piracy” and summoned EU, German and Italian envoys to protest, which Berlin said was unjustified. “I think now there’s a common understanding that there will be sanctions,” said a senior EU diplomat.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Pavel Golovkin, Paris, Erdogan’s, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Erdogan, bode, Berlin, “ Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu Organizations: European Union, EU, Turkish Cypriot, Turkish Foreign Ministry, NATO, Reuters, Turkish Locations: BRUSSELS, PARIS, France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Moscow, Russia, Turkish, “ Turkey, Austria, EU, Nagorno, Karabakh, Paris, Ankara, Syria, Libya, Germany
Turkish court issues life sentences in 2016 coup trial: Anadolu
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court handed down dozens of life sentences on Thursday for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots, accused of carrying out a 2016 coup attempt from an air base near the capital Ankara, Anadolu news agency reported. The state-owned Anadolu and other media said 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences while four civilians were each given 79 life sentences. Former air force commander Akin Ozturk and others at the Akinci air base near Ankara were accused of directing the coup and bombing government buildings, including parliament, and attempting to kill President Tayyip Erdogan. The trial was the most high profile of dozens of court cases targeting thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt, which Ankara blamed on supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. A total of 475 people were on trial, 365 of them in custody.
Persons: Akin Ozturk, Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan Organizations: Anadolu Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, Anadolu, U.S
Turkish court issues life sentences in trial of 2016 coup leaders
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Ece Toksabay | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court handed down dozens of life sentences on Thursday for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots, accused of leading a 2016 coup attempt from an air base near the capital Ankara. The trial was the highest profile of dozens of court cases targeting thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt, which Ankara blamed on supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Four ringleaders, dubbed “civilian imams” over ties to Gulen’s network, were given 79 aggravated life sentences for charges of attempting to assassinate the president, murder, and seeking to overthrow the constitutional order, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. F-16 warplane pilots were also among those given aggravated life sentences - the severest punishment in Turkish courts - meaning there is no possibility of parole. Courts have handed down more than 2,500 life sentences.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen, Akin Ozturk, Erdogan, Turkey’s, Hulusi Akar, Gulen, Ankara’s, Suleyman Soylu Organizations: Former, Anadolu, NATO, European Union, Gulen Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, U.S, Turkey, Gulen
Turkish court sentences 2016 coup leaders to life in jail
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Ece Toksabay | Daren Butler | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court sentenced leaders of a 2016 attempted coup to life in jail on Thursday, convicting hundreds of army officers, pilots and civilians over a failed bid to topple President Tayip Erdogan directed from an air base near the capital Ankara. Based at the Akinci air base, the defendants were accused of directing the coup and bombing government buildings, including parliament, and attempting to kill Erdogan. F-16 pilots who carried out attacks were also among those given aggravated life sentences - the severest punishment in Turkish courts - meaning there is no possibility of parole. Most of the other defendants also received life sentences, while 19 were jailed for aiding the coup and 41 for terrorist group membership. Courts have handed down more than 2,500 life sentences.
Persons: Tayip Erdogan, Erdogan’s, Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan, , Omer Celik, Anadolu, Turkey’s, Hulusi Akar, Gulen, Ankara’s, Suleyman Soylu Organizations: Erdogan’s AK, Twitter, Anadolu, NATO, European Union, Gulen Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, U.S, Turkey, Gulen
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey recorded 28,351 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, including 6,814 with symptoms, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday, the first time since July Ankara has included asymptomatic cases in the total. FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks stroll in Eminonu district, amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey November 7, 2020. During a news conference on Wednesday, Koca unexpectedly said Ankara would begin announcing the total numbers. While the case total was not announced, Koca said it would be included in the table in coming days. Sinovac’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac triggered a quick immune response, but the level of antibodies produced was lower than in people who had recovered, preliminary trial results showed.
Persons: Fahrettin Koca, Murad Sezer, Koca, , ” Koca Organizations: Health, REUTERS, Sinovac Biotech Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Ankara, Eminonu district, Istanbul
Erdogan slams jailed Kurdish leader, vows reforms with nationalist ally
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Ece Toksabay | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a jailed Kurdish leader has “blood on his hands”, scotching any hopes that a reform plan could lead to wider liberties for the opposition and dissidents. Slideshow ( 2 images )Erdogan promised a slate of judicial and economic reforms two weeks ago, leading to expectations of the possible release of politicians, including Kurdish ones, and human rights advocates from jail. “There is no Kurdish issue in this country,” Erdogan said. The MHP takes a hardline view regarding the Kurdish movement so it would be against any reforms seen as sympathetic to the HDP. Erdogan also defended the removal of dozens of elected HDP mayors from duty in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, , Erdogan, Bulent Arinc, Selahattin Demirtas, ” Erdogan, Demirtas, Arinc Organizations: Erdogan’s AK, Kurdish Peoples ’ Democratic Party, Nationalist Movement Party, Kurdish Locations: ANKARA, Turkish, Kurdish
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks after a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, November 17, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERSANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that his AK Party government will carry out reforms of the justice system together with its nationalist allies. “We are accelerating implementing judicial reforms,” Erdogan said in a speech to AK Party members in parliament. “We will bring other reforms in packages to the parliament...(and) finalise the human rights action plan.”He also praised the AKP’s parliamentary alliance with the nationalist MHP, a day after MHP leader Devlet Bahceli dismissed media speculation about rifts with the AKP over the recent government talk of reforms.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, ” Erdogan, , Devlet Bahceli Organizations: Presidential Press, REUTERS ANKARA, AK Party Locations: Ankara, Turkey
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a jailed Kurdish leader has “blood on his hands”, scotching some hopes that a reform plan could lead to wider liberties for the opposition and dissidents. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AKP during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 25, 2020. Erdogan said the AKP would carry out the reforms together with its Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) coalition partner - staunch opponents of the Kurdish political movement. HDP lawmaker Meral Danis Bestas, a senior figure in the party, dismissed the reform pledges as politicking. It has generally been accused of links to Kurdish militants fighting an insurgency in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, , REUTERS Erdogan, Bulent Arinc, Selahattin Demirtas, Erdogan, Demirtas, ” Erdogan, Arinc, Kobani, Meral Danis, HDP Organizations: Presidential Press, REUTERS, Erdogan’s AK Party, Kurdish Peoples ’ Democratic Party, Nationalist Movement Party, Reuters, Demirtas, Wednesday Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, Turkey, Turkish, Kurdish, Turkey’s, Erdogan
Erdogan to Putin: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts could include others
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during a video conference call, dedicated to the conflict in Syria, in Moscow, Russia July 1, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he discussed in a phone call with Russia’s Vladimir Putin the possibility of expanding efforts to maintain the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire to include other regional countries. The ceasefire signed on Nov. 10 halted military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated by ethnic Armenians, after the worst fighting in the region since the 1990s. Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a joint centre in the region to monitor the ceasefire and Turkish parliament passed a troop deployment bill to send military observers.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Rouhani, Alexei Druzhinin, Russia’s Vladimir Putin Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS ANKARA Locations: Syria, Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, Karabakh, Nagorno, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkish
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a news conference following talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey has no peacekeepers there but has signed an agreement with Russia to set up a joint centre to monitor the ceasefire. The Minsk Group includes France, Russia and the United States. Erdogan said “discomfort” voiced over the agreement by some co-chairs of the Minsk Group “has no worth whatsoever.”
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Pavel Golovkin, Mr Putin, ” Erdogan, Erdogan, Organizations: Reuters, Minsk Group, Organization for Security, Minsk Group “ Locations: Turkish, Moscow, Russia, ANKARA, Nagorno, Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Minsk, France, United States
Two blasts kill seven in Syrian rebel-held northwest near Turkish border
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
AMMAN (Reuters) - Two bomb blasts killed at least seven people and wounded scores on Tuesday in areas of northwest Syria near the Turkish border and under heavy Turkish influence, witnesses and police sources said. Videos posted on social media showed footage of mangled cars and extensive damage to an industrial area with fires burning. It says it only targets Turkish soldiers and their allies in a guerrilla campaign to drive out “occupiers”. Turkey regards the YPG as a terrorist group tied to the PKK inside its own borders, and has staged incursions into Syria in support of Syrian rebels to push it from the Turkish frontier. Ankara now retains a large military presence in the area deploying thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave.
Persons: al Bab, Organizations: Turkish, Syrian, Kurdish Locations: AMMAN, Syria, Turkish, al, Aleppo province, Afrin, Turkey, Ankara
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to oust Turkey’s central bank chief this month was made hours after briefings on the fragile state of the economy, a snap judgement that prompted his son-in-law to resign as finance minister, four sources said. FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media after attending Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey August 7, 2020. Their accounts offer important clues to the sudden economic pivot over the weekend of Nov. 6-9. The drop is recorded in public central bank data so cannot have been a surprise, but the sources said the chat convinced Erdogan that Uysal must be replaced. Last week, the central bank under Agbal delivered a 475-point rate hike, its sharpest in more than two years.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Turkey’s, Tayyip Erdogan, Grand, Murad Sezer, Naci Agbal, Erdogan, Murat Uysal, Uysal, Erdogan’s, Berat Albayrak, Albayrak, , Agbal, “ Erdogan, Lutfi, Joe Biden’s, Atilla Yesilada Organizations: Hagia, REUTERS, AK, AK Party, Reuters, Turkey, GlobalSource Locations: ANKARA, Istanbul, Turkey, COVID
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to oust Turkey’s central bank chief this month was made hours after briefings on the fragile state of the economy, a snap judgement that prompted his son-in-law to resign as finance minister, four sources said. FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, Belgium March 9, 2020. Their accounts offer important clues to the sudden economic pivot over the weekend of Nov. 6-9. The drop is recorded in public central bank data so cannot have been a surprise, but the sources said the chat convinced Erdogan that Uysal must be replaced. Last week, the central bank under Agbal delivered a 475-point rate hike, its sharpest in more than two years.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Turkey’s, Tayyip Erdogan, Charles Michel, Francois Lenoir, Naci Agbal, Erdogan, Murat Uysal, Uysal, Erdogan’s, Berat Albayrak, Albayrak, , Agbal, “ Erdogan, Lutfi, Joe Biden’s, Atilla Yesilada Organizations: EU, REUTERS, AK, AK Party, Reuters, Turkey, GlobalSource Locations: ANKARA, Brussels, Belgium, COVID
Erdogan ally says Turkey's governing coalition strong despite critics
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.95   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Devlet Bahceli, leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), arrives at his election rally in Ankara, Turkey June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan NenovNationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli’s attack on government critics came after Erdogan vowed earlier this month a new era of judicial reforms, after years of growing criticism from opponents at home and allies abroad. The MHP has attracted criticism from opposition parties in recent days while several newspaper reports have suggested there were problems in their alliance with Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP). “The People’s Alliance is Turkey’s only hope, its only guarantee against the world,” he said. But Bahceli on Tuesday slammed the comments by Arinc, after Erdogan himself dismissed them on Sunday.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Bahceli, Stoyan, Devlet, Erdogan, swindlers, , ” Bahceli, Bulent Arinc, Selahattin Demirtas, Osman, Joe Biden, Arinc Organizations: Nationalist Movement Party, REUTERS, Erdogan’s AK, People’s Alliance, Osman Kavala Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, Turkey
Turkish court adds new Saudi defendants in Khashoggi trial
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Tuesday added new defendants to the case against Saudi officials charged over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, in a trial that Ankara says is needed to reveal the full truth behind the killing. Turkish officials believe his body was dismembered and removed, while his remains have not been found. In September a Saudi court jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years over the killing, in a trial that critics said lacked transparency. Yasin Aktay, a member of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party and an acquaintance of Khashoggi, said a just verdict could not have been expected from a Saudi court that was ruling on senior Saudi officials. The first indictment accused two top Saudi officials, former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani, of instigating murder.
Persons: Jamal Khashoggi, Sarah Silbiger Khashoggi, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Ayman Noor, Khashoggi’s, Yasin Aktay, Tayyip Erdogan’s, Khashoggi, , Ahmed, Saud al, Rebecca Vincent Organizations: Saudi, Protect Journalists, REUTERS, Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, International Locations: ISTANBUL, Ankara, Saudi Embassy, Istanbul, Washington , U.S, Saudi, Turkey, Saudi Arabia
Germany, Turkey trade accusations over interception of Turkish vessel
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Germany traded barbs on Tuesday after German soldiers boarded a Turkish vessel on behalf of an EU military mission in the Mediterranean, with Berlin calling its NATO ally’s protests unjustified and Ankara saying the move was illegal. It later summoned the EU, German and Italian envoys to Ankara to protest. “The soldiers behaved correctly and acted absolutely in line with the mandate of the European mission Irini,” she said. Turkey denied that it had not responded, saying Irini forces “ignored the written and oral messages sent by Turkish authorities” before the boarding. The incident comes at a time of friction between Turkey and the European Union.
Persons: Annegret Kramp, Karrenbauer, , Hulusi Akar, , Turkey “, IRINI Organizations: NATO, German Defence, Turkish Defence, Turkey, European Union Locations: BERLIN, ANKARA, Turkey, Germany, Turkish, Berlin, Ankara, Libya, Greece, Cyprus
Germany rejects Ankara's protest against interception of Turkish vessel
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.50   time to read: 1 min
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey’s protest against German soldiers boarding a Turkish vessel on behalf of an EU military mission in the Mediterranean is unjustified, Germany’s defence minister said. “The soldiers behaved correctly and acted absolutely in line with the mandate of the European mission Irini,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday. “The accusations that are being raised against the soldiers are unjustified.”Turkey protested on Monday after German forces belonging to the EU mission tasked with enforcing a U.N. arms embargo against Libya boarded and tried to search a Turkish cargo ship that the EU suspected of taking weapons to Libya illegally.
Persons: , Annegret, Karrenbauer, Organizations: BERLIN, EU Locations: Turkish, ” Turkey, Libya
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