Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

US President Donald Trump talks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, before his departure to California, November 17, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

  • Fethullah Gulen has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains
  • He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration."
Fethullah Gulen has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains. He denies the allegations made by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The US has told Turkey it must present convincing evidence for any extradition proceeding to go forward.
Trump tells reporters that "we are always looking at whatever we can do for Turkey," and he says the US is "having a very good moment" with Turkey following Turkey's recent release of a detained American pastor.
Trump is praising Erdogan as "a strong man," ''a tough man" and "a smart man."


French tourist shot dead in Bangkok by off-duty Thai cop

Updated 29 min 16 sec ago
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French tourist shot dead in Bangkok by off-duty Thai cop

  • The Parisian was shot dead at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with a police sergeant major
  • Policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice

BANGKOK, Thailand: A French tourist was gunned down early Wednesday by an off-duty Thai cop after a drunken bar fight in a seedy Bangkok district, police said.
The 41-year-old Parisian was shot dead at a downtown apartment block after an altercation with the police sergeant major who had approached the tourist’s Thai girlfriend.
“They were drunk... they started to argue and then had a fist fight but the policeman couldn’t fight back,” the Chief of Thailand’s Immigration Police Surachate Hakpan told AFP.
“The policeman followed him back to his place and shot him twice,” he said, adding the victim had been in Thailand for several months.
The officer has been arrested and “will be fired... and prosecuted on a murder charge,” Surachate added.
Police are hunting a second suspect seen on CCTV.
Gruesome pictures circulated on Thai media showed the victim lying in a pool of blood in front of a doughnut shop at his apartment block.
Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities, famed for its food and racy nightlife, much of it around Nana district where the murder took place.
Thailand has a grim reputation for its gun culture, with drunken arguments, business disputes and soured romances frequently resolved by violence.