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Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

Turkey demands China close camps after reports of musician's death

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey has called on China to close its detention camps following the reported death of a renowned musician from the ethnic Uighur minority.Abdurehim Heyit is thought to have been serving an eight-year sentence in the Xinjiang region, where up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained.A statement from Turkey's foreign ministry said they were being subjected to "torture" in "concentration camps".China described the comments as "completely unacceptable".The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-west Xinjiang region of China, which has come under intense surveillance by Chinese authorities.Their language is close to Turkish and a significant number of Uighurs have fl...
Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey 'shared tapes' with Saudi, US

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey 'shared tapes' with Saudi, US

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey says it has shared recordings related to the murder of the journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi with the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and others.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his assertion that Saudi Arabia knew who had killed Khashoggi.Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.Saudi Arabia has admitted he was murdered there, but denied suggestions its royal family was involved.It had initially maintained the writer had left the consulate unharmed.The Saudis have also denied comments allegedly made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman describing Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist.The reported phone call to the White ...
22 migrants killed in Turkey truck crash

22 migrants killed in Turkey truck crash

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Oct. 14 (UPI) -- At least 22 people were killed Sunday when a truck overturned while carrying a group of migrants in the province of Izmir. Children were among those on the truck as 22 who died and 13 were injured as they were en route to Izmir from Aydin province and the vehicle overturned in the Menderes district, local sources told Turkey's Anadolu news agency. Ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Menderes launched an investigation into the incident. The passengers on the truck were migrants who had reached a deal with traffickers to be transported to the Greek island of Samos, but it wasn't immediately clear where they were from. Video from the scene showed the truck toppling over in an irrigation canal as it veered off the roadabout 8 a....
Russia and Turkey agree on Idlib safe zone

Russia and Turkey agree on Idlib safe zone

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Vladimir Putin has said the Syrian government will allow a demilitarised zone around the final rebel stronghold of Idlib. The Russian president said the 15km-20km (9.3-12.4 miles) wide safe zone will be created in the northwest Syrian province by 15 October.He agreed with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the buffer zone during a meeting in Sochi, southern Russia, which lasted more than four hours.Forces from both countries will patrol it and no rebel or government forces will be allowed in it. Image: Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold Mr Putin said the move is supported by the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, whose forces have been strengthening along the province's borders in recent days to try to recapture it af...
Turkey: US tries to 'stab us in the back' in currency row

Turkey: US tries to 'stab us in the back' in currency row

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Turkey's central bank says it is ready to take "all necessary measures" to ensure financial stability following the collapse in value of the lira. As the country's bank moved to calm markets rattled by the decline of the Turkish currency, its defiant leader attacked the United States over its use of sanctions.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the US of seeking to "stab" Ankara "in the back" - deepening the row between the two countries.In an address in the Turkish capital Ankara, Mr Erdogan insisted his nation's economy was strong and said the currency would soon settle "at the most reasonable level". ...