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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pompeo heads to Turkey as Saudis change Khashoggi tune

Pompeo heads to Turkey as Saudis change Khashoggi tune
Amberin Zaman October 16, 2018

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed for Ankara, where he will likely brief Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his talks with Saudi leaders on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Erdogan May Have Freed Pastor Brunson, But Turkey’s Economy Is Still Trapped – Foreign Policy

Erdogan May Have Freed Pastor Brunson, But Turkey’s Economy Is Still Trapped
Even if Trump lifts sanctions now, the lira won’t recover for a long time.
By Julie Honoré | October 16, 2018, 4:46 PM

“He was the most expensive prisoner in Turkey!” called out one journalist in a crowd standing on the steps of the court in Izmir, Turkey, earlier this month. Inside, the American pastor Andrew Brunson had just been sentenced to just over three years in prison. The verdict, though, meant freedom: Brunson, whose two-year detention in Izmir had prompted the Trump administration to hit Turkey with economic sanctions, could now go home to the United States on time served. And go home he did. A few hours later, he was meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House.

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EU calls on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with Turkey in Khashoggi cause – Middle East Monitor

EU calls on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with Turkey in Khashoggi cause
October 16, 2018 -

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini yesterday called on the Saudi authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and cooperate fully with the Turkish authorities in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Trump denies relaxation of sanctions against Turkey - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Trump denies relaxation of sanctions against Turkey

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday denied the possibility of relaxing sanctions against Turkey over the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.

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Creeping authoritarianism: Turkeyʹs one man band - Qantara.de

Turkeyʹs one man band

In June, Recep Tayyip Erdogan became head of state in Turkeyʹs new presidential system, which grants him enormous powers. But the country is in the midst of a veritable economic crisis. Erdogan has his back against the wall. An analysis by Timur Tinc

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One step forward, several steps back in Turkey | FT Alphaville

One step forward, several steps back in Turkey

By: Colby Smith

On Friday, a Turkish judge released Andrew Brunson, the US pastor at the centre of President Trump's stand-off with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Brunson had spent two years in detention on charges of espionage and aiding the failed 2016 coup. News of his release did inject some optimism into Turkish assets: prices on Turkey's 10-year government bond gained nearly 12 per cent. And at first, the currency gained nearly 3 per cent against the dollar.

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Turkish and Saudi Leaders Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance

Turkish and Saudi Leaders Discuss Khashoggi Disappearance
October 15, 2018 3:27 AM

The leaders of Turkey and Saudi Arabia have discussed forming a joint working group to look into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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