Anadolu Agency said professors Betul Tanbay and Turgut Tarhanli of Istanbul’s Bosphorus and Bilgi universities and journalist Cigdem Mater were among those detained in simultaneous police operations in Istanbul and in three provinces
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted an official letter of resignation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. His resignation follows a cease-fire agreement reached between the Israeli government and Gaza's Hamas leaders late Tuesday, and it reduces Netanyahu's support in the parliament to 61 out of 120 lawmakers. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Netanyahu is under pressure to call early elections.
The United States has announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials for their alleged involvement in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 2, 2018. The news came on the same day Saudi Arabia announced it is requesting the death penalty for five individuals involved in the writer's death, while denying Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered it. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine has more from Washington.