Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey agrees to Saudi request for a joint probe

A man’s shadow falls on a door of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Thursday. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since he visited the consulate Oct. 2 to complete routine paperwork. (Sedat Suna/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) ISTANBUL — Turkey said Thursday it has agreed to a request by Saudi Arabia to form a joint committee to …

Turkey concludes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed by ‘murder’ team, sources say

ISTANBUL —  Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this week by a Saudi team sent “specifically for the murder,” two people with knowledge of the probe said Saturday. Turkish investigators believe a 15-member team “came from Saudi Arabia. It was …

American pastor freed from prison in Turkey but remains under house arrest

ISTANBUL — A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered that Andrew Brunson, an American pastor detained for nearly two years on terrorism-related charges, be released from prison and placed under house arrest while his trial continues, Brunson’s Turkish lawyer said.  The Trump administration has repeatedly pressed the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release Brunson, …

Trial of American pastor resumes in Turkey, testing Trump’s warm ties with Erdogan 

People walk past the Izmir Resurrection Church, of a small Protestant congregation, where Andrew Brunson served as the pastor in Izmir, western Turkey, on April 15. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) ALIAGA, Turkey — The trial of an American pastor accused by Turkish authorities of terrorism-related offenses is set to resume in a court in this port city …

As driving ban ends, Saudi Arabia’s women take to the roads with joy and relief    

Dana, who already has a license from one of the neighboring Gulf countries, practices driving with Yousef next to her in preparation for having to drive alone. (Iman Al-Dabbagh/For The Washington Post) JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia –With her husband in the passenger seat and her daughter cheering her on, Dania Alagili guided her sport utility vehicle …

Religious conservatives in Saudi Arabia anxious about crown prince’s changes

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s most conservative Islamists are reeling from a loss of influence that has left them confused about their place in a country where they once wielded much clout. Long a swaggering force, these conservatives now tiptoe on social media outlets like Twitter. In mosques and at community gatherings, they reluctantly …

In harsh Saudi crackdown, famous feminists are branded as ‘traitors’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington in March. (Cliff Owen/AP) ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has cast himself as a reformer, advocating equality for women and granting them the right to drive. But in the past few days, Saudi activists …

Saudi Arabia said to detain women’s rights advocates who challenged driving ban

Loujain al-Hathloul is seen driving toward the border between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1, 2014. (Loujain al-Hathloul/AP) ISTANBUL — Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained at least five prominent human-rights activists, including women who for years campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, according …

Turkey expels Israel ambassador amid international outrage over Gaza killings

Protesters near Israel’s consulate in Istanbul on May 15, 2018 denouncing the killings of dozens of Palestinians along the border between Israel and Gaza. (Emrah Gurel/AP) ISTANBUL — Turkey’s government on Tuesday expelled the Israeli ambassador in protest over Israel’s killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, a Turkish foreign ministry official said. The …