Tensions Rise Between EU & Turkey Over Drilling, Election

Relations between the European Union and Turkey are becoming more bitter after Turkey sent a ship to drill for natural gas and oil in disputed waters off the island of Cyprus, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that the election for mayor of Istanbul, which his party lost, needs to be done over.

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Turkish President: Saudis Plotted Writer’s Killing for Days

Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkey’s president said Tuesday, contradicting Saudi Arabia’s explanation that the writer was accidentally killed. He demanded that the kingdom reveal the identities of all involved, regardless of rank.

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McCarthyist Echoes Penetrate New York Trial About Turkey

For the past two days, an ex-Istanbul police officer has faced caustic questioning by a defense attorney about accusations tying him to a group that the Turkish government brands a terrorist organization. Turning the tables on Thursday, a U.S. prosecutor suggested suspicions about that officer’s political affiliations amount to a political witch-hunt.

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Banker’s Lawyers Swing at Star Witness in Iran Sanctions Case

Defense attorneys for a banker accused of laundering money for Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions told a federal judge Monday that new evidence undermines the credibility of the government’s star witness.

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Turkey Seizes Assets of Presidential Ally Who Flipped

The Turkish government seized the assets of a gold trader and his family on Friday, in retaliation for his testimony implicating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other high-ranking officials in a multibillion-dollar scheme to bust Iran sanctions.

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