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France supports  criticism of Saudi Arabia

France condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul and wants an in-depth investigation of the case, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday, Reuters reports.  …

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Saudi consul general leaves Istanbul

Saudi Arabia's top diplomat in Istanbul Mohammed al-Otaibi has reportedly left Turkey, hours after it was announced his official residence would be searched in connection with a journalist's disappearance. …

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Riyad Haddad: Damascus never used chemical weapons

After a series of unjustified allegations that Syria reportedly kept chemical weapons, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that the state eliminated all of its chemical arsenal in 2013. "Firstly, Syria …

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 Netanyahu: no early elections planned in Israel

Israel’s coalition government remained stable, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that it would continue to govern despite police recommendations he be indicted for bribery. "I …

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Turkey against 'privileged partnership' with EU

Turkey will not accept a "privileged partnership" with the EU, the country's EU Minister Omer Celik has said, Anadolu Agency reports. "If we are offered a privileged partnership, we will not even consider it, and …

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 Turkey halts visa services for American citizens

Turkey cancelled all visa services for Americans at its diplomatic missions in the US in a tit-for-tat move after Washington made a similar announcement earlier in the day. "Recent events have forced the Turkish Government to …

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US and Turkey mutually suspend visa services

The United States and Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa services for travel between the two countries, after last week's arrest of a US consulate employee in Istanbul. "Recent events have forced the United States …

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Trump and Saudi king discuss dispute with Qatar

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday and urged “all the parties in the Qatar dispute” to find a diplomatic resolution to end a crisis that has …

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Arab states to allow Qatar use emergency air corridors

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain will allow Qatari planes to use air corridors in emergencies, the Saudi state news agency SPA said, citing a statement from the Saudi aviation authority. "Nine corridors …

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Erdogan: Gulf trip becomes productive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described his trip to the Gulf to deal with the Qatar crisis as "productive and successful". "The visits on the Gulf tour were productive and successful," …

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Turkey deploys troops to Qatar

The sixth batch of troops from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has reached the capital Doha, Qatar's defense ministry said. "The sixth batch of Turkish forces has arrived in Qatar, to continue the ongoing joint cooperation in …

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