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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

World
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

World
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...
Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

Jamal Khashoggi case: Turkish police 'search forest'

World
Police in Turkey investigating the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have expanded their search, reports say.Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland.Mr Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where Turkish officials allege he was murdered. Saudi Arabia denies any knowledge of what happened to him.Samples taken from the Saudi consulate and the consul's residence during searches this week are being tested for a match with Mr Khashoggi's DNA. Separately, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly denied having listened to an audio recording Turke...
Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish TV airs video linked to Saudi journalist disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish TV airs video linked to Saudi journalist disappearance

World
Turkish TV has aired video from CCTV linked to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi monarchy, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October but has not been seen since.The TV also showed what it says are Saudi men connected with his disappearance entering Turkey via Istanbul airport. Turkish security sources say he was killed. Saudi Arabia denies this.What else does the video show?Broadcast by Turkey's TRT World channel and apparently garnered from security camera video, the footage shows vehicles driving up to the consulate, including black vans thought to be central to inquiries.Groups of Saudi men are seen entering Turkey via Istanbul airport, checking in at hotels ...
Turkish lira at record low as Trump doubles tariffs

Turkish lira at record low as Trump doubles tariffs

Business
Turkey's currency slumped to a new record low as Donald Trump compounded the country's economic crisis by doubling steel and aluminium tariffs. The US president revealed the action on Friday as he noted how the Turkish lira "slides rapidly downward" against the "very strong" US dollar.Amid an escalating feud with Ankara, Mr Trump added on Twitter: "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!"The day saw the lira plunge as much as 18% at one point, the biggest one-day drop since Turkey's 2001 financial crisis.Now at a new record low, Turkey's currency has lost more than 40% this year. Image: Donald Trump claimed 'relations with Turkey are not good at this time!' The slump is attributed to the tensions...