Tag Archives: Turkey

TURKEY: Pop Star Accused Of Blackmailing Dozens Of Men After Meeting Them On Gay Dating Sites [VIDEO]

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reports: A German-born Turkish pop singer has been accused by dozens of complainants in Turkey of blackmailing them with their secret gay love affairs. According to court documents seen by Hürriyet, more than 50 people in the provinces of Istanbul, Bursa and Giresun have recently filed criminal complaints against pop singer Bulut Duman, 28, over similar …

Read More »

Kushner On Saudis: We’re Still In “Fact-Finding Phase”

CBS News reports: The Trump administration is still in a “fact-finding phase” to discover exactly what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Kushner, who has been a crucial figure in bridging the U.S.-Saudi relationship and relationship with 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular, emphasized in a forum with CNN’s …

Read More »

Surveillance Video Shows Saudis Used Body Double

CNN reports: One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, a senior Turkish official has told CNN. CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government’s investigation, that appears to show …

Read More »

Saudi Foreign Minister Claims Murder Was A “Rogue Operation” Done Without Prince’s Knowledge [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Sunday that a “tremendous mistake” was made when Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and pushed back against the idea that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was linked to the journalist’s death. Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News host Brett Baier that Khashoggi was killed in …

Read More »

Trump Finds Saudi Murder Story “Credible” [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: President Trump broke with his own intelligence agencies on Friday, appearing to accept Saudi Arabia’s explanation that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by accident during a fistfight, while the United States’ spy agencies are increasingly convinced that he was assassinated on high-level orders from the Saudi royal court. Mr. Trump, who has cultivated Crown …

Read More »

Saudi Arabia Admits Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Saudi Arabia has said the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after visiting the country’s consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, is dead. The news, which cited preliminary findings from an official investigation, was announced on state television on Friday. It said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate, leading to …

Read More »

Trump: “It Certainly Looks Like” Khashoggi Is Dead

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Thursday that he believes the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he expressed confidence in intelligence reports from multiple sources that strongly suggest a high-level Saudi role in Mr. Khashoggi’s assassination. Mr. Trump stopped short of saying the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death. …

Read More »

Saudis Wired $100M To US On Day Pompeo Got There

The New York Times reports: This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State. That money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate …

Read More »

Mnuchin Bails On Saudi Arabia Finance Conference

Talking Points Memo reports: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Thursday that he will not attend an upcoming conference in Saudi Arabia amid the fallout from the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin has been facing mounting pressure to pull out of the conference following the disappearance of Khashoggi, a U.S..-based Saudi journalist, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul …

Read More »

REPORT: Saudi Hit Squad Member Dies In “Accident”

Turkey’s Daily Hürriyet reports: A Turkish newspaper reported on Oct. 18 that one of the suspects involved in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a “suspicious car accident” in Riyadh. Mashal Saad al-Bostani, a 31-year-old lieutenant of the Saudi Royal Air Forces, was among the 15 suspects who arrived and left Turkey on Oct. 2 after going …

Read More »

Saudi Arabia And Turkey Dig In Despite Pompeo’s Visit

The Guardian reports: Mike Pompeo’s visit to the region was supposed to be a face-saver that explained away the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, while sparing further blushes in Riyadh, Washington, and Ankara. It did not go to plan. The US secretary of state’s two-day trip has seemingly led Saudi Arabia and Turkey to dig further into positions that are starting …

Read More »

REPORT: Saudi Arabia To Admit Killing Critic Journalist As The Result Of An Interrogation That “Went Wrong”

Reuters reports: Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported on Monday, citing two unnamed sources. One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said. The other source said the report would likely conclude that the …

Read More »

Saudi Arabia Vows Retaliation Against US Sanctions

ABC News reports: Saudi Arabia has rejected threats to punish it over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, saying the kingdom would retaliate against any sanctions with tougher measures, the official state news agency reported. The comments came after US President Donald Trump threatened “severe punishment” for Riyadh if it turned out Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi …

Read More »

REPORT: Reporter’s Apple Watch Recorded His Death

CNN reports: Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death, a Turkish newspaper reported Saturday morning. Khashoggi turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, according to Sabah newspaper. The moments of his “interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his …

Read More »

Trump Vows “Severe Punishment” If Saudis Are Proven To Have Murdered Washington Post Reporter [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: President Donald Trump said in an interview with 60 Minutes that the Saudis could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, and if so, the U.S. would inflict “severe punishment.” In a clip broadcast on “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Trump said there is a lot at stake “and maybe especially so …

Read More »

Trump: I’ll Call Saudi King Over Missing Journalist

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he has not talked to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman but will call the royal leader soon, as questions mount about the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A delegation from Saudi Arabia has now arrived in Turkey as part of a joint investigation into the disappearance. Khashoggi entered the …

Read More »

Mnuchin To Attend Saudi Arabia Investment Conference Despite Apparent Murder Of Washington Post Reporter

The Washington Post reports: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that he still plans to attend a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia this month despite mounting evidence that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “We are concerned about what is the status of Mr. Khashoggi,” Mnuchin said during an interview on CNBC. …

Read More »

TURKEY: Riot Police Disperse Banned LGBT Pride Parade Marchers With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Dogs [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: Gay rights groups and activists pressed ahead with the Istanbul Pride parade on Sunday despite Turkish authorities banning the event for a fourth year in a row. Around 1,000 people gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade. The activists unfolded a large rainbow flag while …

Read More »

Turkey Hits US With Steep Retaliatory Tariffs

When will all this endless winning ever stop? Turkey on Thursday hit back at the United States with steep tariffs on $1.8 billion of goods for President Trump’s duties on steel and aluminum imports that went into effect in March. The additional retaliatory tariffs range between 5 and 40 percent and are set to start on Thursday. Trump has imposed …

Read More »

TURKEY: Erdogan Recalls Ambassadors To US And Israel, Will Hold Rally To Protest Gaza “Genocide”

Eurasia Future reports: The Republic of Turkey has formally recalled the Ambassadors of the United States and “Israel” to Ankara over today’s regime instigated massacre of over 55 Palestinian protesters and the wounding of nearly 2,000, many of whom will likely die due to the severity of their wounds and a lack of adequate medical supplies in Gaza. Protests began …

Read More »