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IS fighters escape from jail as 130,000 people flee Turkish forces

IS fighters escape from jail as 130,000 people flee Turkish forces

World
Islamic State (IS) fighters have fled a Syrian prison and more than 700 foreign IS family members escaped a camp during a Turkish offensive - as the UN said more than 130,000 Kurds have been displaced.The terror group said it was behind a car bombing on Friday in Qamishli, the largest city in Kurdish-held northern Syria, which allowed some of the thousands of IS fighters held in Syria to escape. On Sunday, the Kurdish-led authority said 785 foreigners afiliated with IS escaped the Ain Issa camp after it was shelled by Turkish forces and their allies, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.Their escape came as the UN said more than 130,000 people have been displaced from the region in the four days since Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies started the offensiv...
Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

Turkey-Syria border: Trump threatens to ‘obliterate’ Turkish economy

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy Turkey's economy if Turkey goes "off limits" after his surprise decision to pull US forces out of north-eastern Syria.In a series of angry tweets, Mr Trump defended the move that could open the way for Turkey to launch an attack on Kurdish fighters across the border.The withdrawal was heavily criticised even by Mr Trump's Republican allies. Kurdish forces were key US allies in defeating the Islamic State in Syria. The US has some 1,000 troops across Syria and about two dozen had been pulled out from the border area, according to a senior state department official.The withdrawal was described by the main Kurdish-led group as a "stab in the back", and c...
Turkish fund eyes £900m British Steel revival‎ plan

Turkish fund eyes £900m British Steel revival‎ plan

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The Turkish pension fund plotting a takeover of British Steel is preparing to commit close to £1bn to help fund the company's revival.Sky News has learnt that Ataer Holding, which is poised to enter a formal period of exclusive negotiations to buy British Steel this week, has drawn up a business plan that would involve approximately £900m of investment over several years. The figure is in addition to a support package from the government - revealed by Sky News late last week - that could amount to £300m in the form of grants, indemnities and loans on commercial terms.Ataer is a unit of Oyak, which looks after the pension pots of Turkey's military personnel.Insiders said that the Official Receiver (OR) was likely to announc
Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi."We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," he wrote in an article in the Washington Post.But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved.Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when he visited to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish citizen. His b...
Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Dept denies

Turkish source says Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi murder, State Dept denies

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official. Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the official claimed the recording was played in meetings in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings. Separately, ABC News has also learned that Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate following a struggle that lasted eight minutes and that they believe he died of strangulation. The White House referred questions to the State Department which denied Pompeo had heard the recording or seen a transcript. "Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape no...