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Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to New York

Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to New YorkNEW YORK (AP) — Severe turbulence tossed terrified passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin as it passed over Maine on Saturday, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts and a broken leg before the flight landed safely at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.



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Heavy turbulence injures dozens of people during flight to NYC from Istanbul

Heavy turbulence injures dozens of people during flight to NYC from IstanbulInjuries on the Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York's JFK Airport included bumps, bruises, cuts and a broken leg.



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Turkish police search villa outside Istanbul in Khashoggi investigation

Turkish police search villa outside Istanbul in Khashoggi investigationAuthorities believe that one of the Saudi agents allegedly involved in the murder at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, Mansour Othman Abahussain, called the villa’s owner a day before the killing, the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office said. The owner of the property is a Saudi national, Mohammed Ahmed Alfaozan, who had the codename “Ghozan”, it said. Two officials told Reuters that Alfaozan had purchased the property, near Yalova on the Sea of Marmara, around three years ago.



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X-ray images show tools Khashoggi killers brought to Istanbul, Turkish paper claims

X-ray images show tools Khashoggi killers brought to Istanbul, Turkish paper claimsThe 15-strong Saudi kill team responsible for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi carried luggage containing scissors, syringes and a stun gun, a pro-government Turkish paper has claimed. Sabah, a daily newspaper headquartered in Istanbul, published images on Tuesday purported to be airport X-ray scans of the team's bags as they left Istanbul for Riyadh on October 2, the day of Mr Khashoggi’s murder.  A number of tools and pieces of equipment can be seen, including walkie-talkies, a signal jammer and a pair of scissors.  The bags were loaded onto two private jets but police were not able to open them due to diplomatic immunity, according to the report. The paper, which is close to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is one of a number of outlets that has published a steady stream of leaks providing lurid details of Khashoggi’s death, a tactic seemingly designed to keep pressure on Riyadh and its allies. How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Mr Khashoggi, a regular contributor to the Washington Post, was killed in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate while attempting to secure paperwork that would allow him to remarry.  According to Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, he was strangled and his body dismembered soon after entering the building.  Saudi officials initially denied all involvement but in the face of mounting international outrage admitted that the columnist had been killed as part of a “rogue” operation. The X-ray images were published as the New York Times reported that in an audio recording of the killing, one of the team responsible can be heard instructing a superior to "tell your boss" after the murder takes place, a suspected reference to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince.  Khashoggi was once close to the royal family but went into self-imposed exile last year and had since been critical of the Crown Prince in his writing. Mr Erdogan described the tape as a “calamity” this week and said it shocked even a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to it, according to local media. The Turkish president added that orders for the killing came from the highest levels of the kingdom.



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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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Saudi prosecutor at Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killed

Saudi prosecutor at Istanbul consulate where Khashoggi was killedSaudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday visited the consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The head of the Saudi investigation, Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, who last week acknowledged that the killing was “premeditated”, did not make a statement as he arrived at the diplomatic compound. Earlier in the day he met Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan for the second time.



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Saudi prosecutor in Istanbul for Khashoggi investigation: report

Saudi prosecutor in Istanbul for Khashoggi investigation: reportSaudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor has arrived in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Monday. Prosecutor Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on a private plane overnight, Anadolu added.



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Saudi prosecutor in Istanbul for Khashoggi investigation: report

Saudi prosecutor in Istanbul for Khashoggi investigation: reportSaudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor has arrived in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Monday. Prosecutor Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on a private plane overnight, Anadolu added.



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Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murderSaudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor will visit Istanbul to speak with Turkish authorities as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s president said Friday, adding that Ankara still has more evidence in the case. The announcement by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that, based on evidence supplied by Turkey, the murder appeared to have been premeditated — the first time Saudi authorities have made such an admission. The killing has tainted the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, and tested ties between Washington and Riyadh as Western powers demand answers over Khashoggi’s death.



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On Istanbul streets, defiant Turks see U.S. hand behind lira crisis

On Istanbul streets, defiant Turks see U.S. hand behind lira crisis“This crisis is created by America,” she said. The lira has lost more than 35 percent against the dollar this year and hit a fresh low on Friday, its biggest one day fall since Turkey’s 2001 financial crisis. Food, rents and fuel prices in Turkey have all surged.



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