Turkey’s Erdogan – Khashoggi killing ordered at Saudi ‘highest levels’

The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the "puppetmasters" to be unmasked. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler

Turkish lira firms after Erdogan says central bank independent

Turkey's lira firmed slightly on Wednesday following President Tayyip Erdogan's assurances on the independence of the central bank and judiciary. The currency has lost nearly 40 percent of its value this year on concerns over Erdogan's grip on monetary policy. Commentators say the pressure on the lira has been exacerbated by

NATO chiefs asked to look for Mideast partners to counter terrorist threats

The Syrian-American analyst and fellow at the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, Oubai Shahbandar, says "Aggregate European barrier requires reestablished push to viably battle hybrid asymmetric threats, to incorporate terrorism." Donald Trump has requested that NATO members double their spending on defense and protection. JEDDAH: On Wednesday, NATO chiefs were

Libya: U.N. freezes assets, puts 6 human traffickers on a travel ban

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday sanctioned six people for involvement in human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Libya after Russia lifted a hold it had set on the request for action against the individuals. The Netherlands, backed by France, Germany, Britain and the United

Qatar stands no chance of being a NATO member

By Middle East Affairs The U.N. told Qatar that membership for the Western military defense alliance was only for Europe and the United States. This came in response to a comment that Qatar’s defense minister made on Tuesday, that the country's long-term strategic “ambition” was to join NATO. A U.N. official for the 29 country

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