As gold trade booms, Venezuela eyes stronger Turkey ties

Ankara, Turkey – When Venezuela’s industry chief Tareck El Aissami swapped the Caribbean sun for the wintry skies of central Anatolia on Wednesday, he was greeted by bouquet-bearing dignitaries eager to play a role in Turkey’s growing gold trade with the Latin American state. His arrival in the city of Corum was the latest development…

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Pompeo ‘optimistic’ clashes between Turkey and SDF can be avoided

Washington’s top diplomat said he was “optimistic” an agreement with Ankara could be reached which will protect Syrian Kurdish groups while allowing Ankara to “defend their country from terrorists” following a United States pullout from Syria. “We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those,” United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo…

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What will Turkey do next in Idlib?

After weeks of intense diplomatic activity, Turkey seems to have managed to avert a full-scale offensive on Idlib province, the last opposition bastion in northwest Syria. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced a plan to establish a demilitarised buffer zone 15-20km into opposition-held territories. While Russia has indicated…

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Assad Readies Last Major Showdown of Syria War as Turkey Frets

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How Erdogan’s Push for Endless Growth Brought Turkey to the Brink

ISTANBUL—The Turkish lira’s fall has been sudden and sharp. The cause traces back nearly a decade when the country’s leader decided to turn Turkey into something resembling China on a smaller scale, a world-class economy under one man’s firm control. Eager to pull his nation out of an economic contraction that had marred much of…

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Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger

Beef, which has long fulfilled America’s hunger for hamburgers, faces fresh competition from poultry producers pushing their own patties onto U.S. grills. Fueling the battle is a record supply of meat in the U.S., pressuring prices and spurring meat producers to seek out new markets. Hormel Foods Corp., one of the largest U.S. turkey suppliers,…

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‘Jordan, Palestine and Saudi Arabia warn Israel against Turkey’

Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine have warned Israel on separate occasions about Turkey’s creeping influence in East Jerusalem, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The report notes that senior officials from the three Arab countries told Israel that Turkey was “extending its influence in Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem” which they said was “part of an…

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