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Turkey: Khashoggi recordings shared with Saudi, US, and others

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he has shared recordings of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United States. There was no immediate confirmation from the five countries that they had received the recordings. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier this week his government has more information about the killing and that it likely will make the evidence public after investigations of his death have been completed. Speaking during a trip to Japan, Cavusoglu told reporters that Turkey said Saudi Arabia and other countries interested in the information have been...

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Tukey-US tensions ease after Pastor’s release

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye Turkey and the United States have lifted tit-for-tat sanctions that were imposed on officials from their respective countries, in a sign of easing tensions between the NATO allies following the release of a US pastor jailed in Turkey. On Friday, Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, said Ankara would lift sanctions on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Kirstjen Nielsen, the US secretary of homeland security. The move came after the US Treasury announced its own plan to lift sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers, Abdulhamit Gul and Suleyman Soylu. The US sanctions were imposed under the 2016 Global...

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How geopolitics complicate the Khashoggi murder investigation

By: AFP Source: AFP RIYADH (AFP) – The Saudi crown prince may have failed to quell international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, but a defiant speech has won him domestic plaudits even as sceptics fear the impact of geopolitics on the search for justice. After weeks of silence, Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday confronted the elephant in the room head on, denouncing the journalist’s “repulsive” murder after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and pledging that “justice will prevail”. His first public comments on the case were met with claps and whistles in a packed ballroom at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton...

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