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Saudi crown prince makes first Turkey trip since Khashoggi murder

Mohammed bin Salman is visiting Turkey for the first time since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The trip comes as Turkey faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

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Inflation in Turkey has soared to its highest level in nearly two decades. Despite the 36% surge in consumer prices, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended his unorthodox economic vision. France 24 Correspondent Jasper Mortimer has the latest from Ankara. Also in the show - the French government expands emergency support for businesses affected by the pandemic, and Apple becomes the first US company to be worth $3 trillion.
6 Jan
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is defying the standard prescriptions for inflation – the country's worst in nearly two decades – by burning through currency reserves and central bank governors to keep interest rates low. As those reserves dwindle and lines lengthen at subsidised bakeries, we ask our guests about the impact on ordinary citizens and why Erdogan is holding out, with cues to booming exports which he says are the flipside of a plummeting lira.
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18 Jan
Turkish rights activist Osman Kavala has been jailed for over four years for alleged involvement in the 2016 coup plot, although he has not been convicted of any crime. European rights bodies have demanded his release.
18 Jan
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