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Putin says still ‘open to dialogue’ with US

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian President Vladimir Putin has reassured his US counterpart Donald Trump that Moscow remains “open to dialogue” despite the year ending without the hoped-for warming of relations, the Kremlin said on Sunday. “Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and …

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US approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey

Washington, United States | AFP | The United States said Wednesday it approved the sale of $3.5 billion in missiles to Turkey, offering an ultimatum after US outrage over the NATO ally’s plans to buy from Russia. The announcement came as President Donald Trump said that US forces would withdraw …

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Thousands protest in Turkey against cost of living

Diyarbakir, Turkey | AFP |  Thousands of people turned out to protest the rising cost of living in Turkey at a demonstration in Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country, an AFP journalist reported. There was a significant police presence in the Kurd-majority region for the march, which was organised …

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Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking to task the kingdom’s crown prince who was basking in his quick return to the world stage at the G20. Crown Prince Mohammed …

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Saudis issue charges but exonerate crown prince in Khashoggi murder

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | The Saudi government exonerated the country’s powerful crown prince of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Thursday as death-penalty charges were announced against five men and the US placed sanctions on 17 suspected of involvement. Riyadh prosecutors announced indictments against 11 people …

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Netanyahu condemns Khashoggi murder but backs stability in Saudi

Varna, Bulgaria | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday condemned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in his first comments on the affair, but stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia. “What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt …

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Macron, Merkel back Europe coordination on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | France and Germany’s leaders said Saturday they want a “coordinated” European position for restrictions on arms sales to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the French presidency. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved to quash a …

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Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Turkey on Friday said it wanted 18 Saudis extradited over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara still had more evidence to reveal in the case. The announcement came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that based on …

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