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Turkey’s Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo

ANKARA, October 28. /TASS/: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against French Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine, TPT TV channel reported Wednesday.

In its recent edition, the magazine portrayed the Turkish leader as a half-naked caricature saying, ‘here is the prophet’ as he lifts the skirt of a maid wearing a head scarf and a dress standing next to him. The cartoon is supplied with a caption, reading, "Erdogan is a very funny man in his private life."

Turkey, Russia Discuss Russian Airstrike Against Rebels In Syria

ANKARA, Oct 28 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, held a phone talk with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Tuesday, one day after Russia’s airstrike killed nearly 80 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria.

Syria and Libya were the issues discussed by the two foreign ministers during the conversation.

The Russian attack in the north-western Syrian province of Idlib was on the agenda, the sources said.

Turkey has right to act if militants not cleared from Syria border - Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey had the legitimate right to act again if militants are not cleared from its border with Syria, where it has carried out several incursions in the last four years.

“If the terrorists here are not cleared as we were promised, we have the legitimate right to mobilise once again,” Erdogan said in a speech to his AK Party’s lawmakers in parliament.

Turkey continues to train Libya’s GNA forces

26 Oct 2020; MEMO: Turkey has continued to train the special forces of the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), local media reported yesterday.

A video published by the GNA’s “Volcano of Rage” operation’s room showed Libyan forces carrying out military exercises in Turkey.

The exercises were reported to have included 160 GNA soldiers as part of a five-month comprehensive training programme.

Turkey extends exploration in disputed Mediterranean area to November 4

25 Oct 2020; MEMO: Turkey has issued another navigational telex, or Navtex, for the area in the Eastern Mediterranean where it will conduct seismic research activities until November 4, Reuters reports.

According to the announcement late on Saturday, the mission, which will be carried out by the Oruc Reis seismic research vessel, will continue for 10 days starting Sunday.

Erdogan says Turkey tested Russian S-400s, shrugs off U.S. objections

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that Turkey had been testing the S-400 air defence systems that it bought from Russia and said U.S. objections on the issue did not matter.

Washington says Ankara’s purchase of the Russian systems compromises NATO defences, and has threatened sanctions. An apparent firing test of S-400s test last week prompted a furious response from the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon.

Turkey to distribute 100,000 tons of flour to needy countries

21 Oct 2020; MEMO: Turkey will send around 110,000 tons of flour and legumes as aid to needy countries, the country’s Official Gazette announced early Wednesday, reports Anadolu Agency.

According to a presidential decree published in the gazette, the Turkish Grain Board (TMO) will supply up to 100,000 tons of flour and 10,000 tons of vegetables to the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay), which will distribute it to civilians in need, especially in Syria.

Turkey will stand by Azerbaijan in ‘righteous cause’

21 Oct 2020; MEMO: Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has said that Turkey will continue to stand by the people of Azerbaijan in their “righteous cause” and struggle to free their “occupied land” of Nagorno-Karabakh. The minister made his comment during a meeting with senior army officers on Tuesday.

Turkey arrests suspected UAE spy

19 Oct 2020; MEMO: The Turkish intelligence services have arrested a Palestinian man suspected of spying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Arab nationals living in Turkey.

A senior Turkish security official, who asked not to be named, on Friday disclosed that the man confessed to spying on Arab citizens and provided a set of documents that prove his association with the UAE intelligence service.

TURKEY: Erdogan claims Russia, US, France are supplying weapons to Armenia

ANKARA, October 18. /TASS/: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed Russia, the United States, and France are supplying weapons to Armenia.

"What are they saying about our support to our Azerbaijani brothers? What are the Minsk three - the United States, Russia, France - saying? They support Armenia. They offer all possible support in terms of weapons," he said on Sunday.

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