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

Turkey shared Khashoggi recordings with Saudi, US and others: ErdoganTurkey has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Riyadh, Washington and other capitals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. “We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English,” he said in a televised speech. “They listened to the conversations which took place here, they know”, he said, but added that they were not accompanied by any written documents.



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Erdogan opens new Istanbul Airport, planned to be world's largest

Erdogan opens new Istanbul Airport, planned to be world's largestTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday opened Istanbul’s new international airport, which his government says will eventually become the world’s largest, with great fanfare. “The new airport will be the pride of our country and an example to the world,” Erdogan said at a lavish opening ceremony featuring several heads of state. At the inauguration — which coincided with the 95th anniversary of modern Turkey’s founding by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — Erdogan also revealed that the airport would be named “Istanbul”.



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Erdogan Trumpets Turkey's Clout at Gigantic New Airport Opening

Erdogan Trumpets Turkey's Clout at Gigantic New Airport OpeningThe new airport, located some 20 miles outside Istanbul on the coast of the Black Sea, will cover 76.5 million square meters (29.5 miles) upon completion — a footprint larger than Manhattan. Erdogan ended years of speculation about the name of the new airport, saying that it’ll be named “Istanbul Airport.” The current main international airport, Ataturk, will continue limited operations under that name, he said. Istanbul has another airport on its Asian coast, called Sabiha Gokcen, one of 40 new airports built during Erdogan’s time in office.



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Turkey presses Saudi to say who sent Khashoggi killers: Erdogan

Turkey presses Saudi to say who sent Khashoggi killers: ErdoganSaudi prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb held talks with Istanbul’s prosecutor on Monday and Tuesday about Khashoggi’s death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which has escalated into a crisis for the world’s top oil exporter. Riyadh at first denied any knowledge of, or role in, his disappearance four weeks ago but Mojeb has contradicted those statements, saying the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was premeditated. The case has put into focus the West’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia – a major arms buyer and lynchpin of Washington’s regional plans to contain Iran – given the widespread scepticism over its initial response.



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Erdogan slams Saudi Arabia's 'childish' explanations of Jamal Khashoggi's death

Erdogan slams Saudi Arabia's 'childish' explanations of Jamal Khashoggi's deathRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, slammed Saudi Arabia’s “childish” explanations for Jamal Khashoggi’s death on Friday as he demanded to know where the journalist’s body was hidden and who gave the order to kill him.  In his second speech on the subject this week, Mr Erdogan continued to put pressure on the kingdom over its constantly changing story of how the Washington Post columnist died on October 2.  Saudi Arabia initially said Mr Khashoggi walked out of the consulate safely, then said he was killed accidentally in a fist fight, before announcing Thursday that Saudi operatives had a “pre-meditated” plan to kill him.    “These childish explainations are not compatible with the seriousness of a state,” Mr Erdogan said.  The Turkish president expressed disbelief that Saudi authorities had not been able to find out where Mr Khashoggi’s body was. "You know how to make people talk,” he said. “If you cannot make them talk then hand them over to us.” He repeated his demand that the 18 Saudi men arrested for Mr Khashoggi’s death be extradited to Turkey to face trial. Saudi Arabia has said they will be tried in Saudi courts.  Jamal Khashoggi | read more "Who gave this order?" Mr Erdogan asked. "Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?" Mr Erdogan also said that the Saudi chief prosecutor will come to Turkey on Sunday to meet with Turkish officials about the investigation. He indicated that Turkey has more evidence about the killing that it could release at a later date.  The Turkish president’s tone indicates he does not intend to allow the matter of Mr Khashoggi’s death quietly fade away nor does he plan to help Saudi Arabia moved away from the glaring international spotlight that the case has focused on the kingdom.  Meanwhile, Austria proposed that all EU nations stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia in response to Mr Khashoggi’s death.  Jamal Khashoggi's death has put Saudi Arabia under an intense international spotlight Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File Germany has already announced a halt in arms sales and the German economy minister, Peter Altmaier, expressed support for the Austrian proposal.  Britain and France both sell large quantities of weapons to Saudi Arabia and are likely to be wary of any proposal that could damage their defence industries.  Donald Trump, the US president, has also expressed his unwillingness to cancel arms deals worth billions of dollars to the American economy.  While Western countries have expressed scepticism of the Saudi explanations, Russia has kept up a steady drumbeat of support for Riyadh.  "There is an official statement by the king, a statement by the crown prince. Essentially, nobody should have any reason not to believe it," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Friday.



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Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi: Erdogan adviser

Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi: Erdogan adviserAn adviser to Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had “blood on his hands” over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, the bluntest comments yet from someone linked to Tayyip Erdogan about Riyadh’s de facto ruler in connection with the death. Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the remarks. Riyadh has blamed a “rogue operation” for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist, and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no knowledge of the killing.



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Erdogan keeps Saudi under pressure but shuns confrontation

Erdogan keeps Saudi under pressure but shuns confrontationPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s key speech on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi shows that Turkey wants to shun confrontation with Saudi Arabia and work closely with King Salman while keeping up the pressure on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, analysts say. Erdogan appeared to deflect blame from King Salman, with whom he has a cordial personal relationship, by expressing confidence of the ageing monarch’s full cooperation, they said.



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Turkey's Erdogan Says Saudi Arabian Officials Planned Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Days Before His Death

Turkey's Erdogan Says Saudi Arabian Officials Planned Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Days Before His DeathAs skepticism intensifies about Saudi Arabia's account of Jamal Khashoggi's death



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Turkey's Erdogan says strong signs Khashoggi killing was planned

Turkey's Erdogan says strong signs Khashoggi killing was plannedTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there were strong signs that the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and that he was killed in a “savage way”. Erdogan, who was speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, also said he told Saudi King Salman that the Saudi consul in Istanbul was incompetent and that he was relieved of his duty and returned to his country. Erdogan added that the 18 people arrested in Saudi Arabia in relation to the killing matches Turkish intelligence on the matter.



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