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Turkey issues arrest warrant for Gulen and FETO members for the killing of Russian envoy

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Turkey issues arrest warrant for Gulen and FETO members for the killing of Russian envoy

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Deceased Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov

Ankara on Monday ordered the arrest of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen along with seven members of his Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) over the killing of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who was assassinated in 2016, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, the FETO top figures Serif Ali Tekalan and Emre Uslu Gulen were also among those, sought to be arrested.

Russian former Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, on December 19, 2016, at the opening of an art gallery exhibition “Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through the eyes of a traveler” in Ankara. The attacker was killed at the scene by the police.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, the Turkish side has repeatedly voiced suspicions that the Gulen movement, considered by Ankara to be a terrorist organization and accused by the authorities of masterminding the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, is linked to the attack.

Besides the Karlov case, Turkey accuses Gulen of a coup attempt that occurred in July 2016. The coup was quickly suppressed by government forces, but over 240 people were killed and an estimated 2,000 were wounded.

Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999 and his supporters have strongly denied having played any role in the incident and called for an international investigation.

Since July 2016, Ankara has arrested thousands of public servants, military personnel, education workers, activists and journalists over suspected links to Gulen and his movement.

Gold glitters & dollar declines as US-China trade war escalates

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Bron: R.T.

Gold glitters & dollar declines as US-China trade war escalates

Gold glitters & dollar declines as US-China trade war escalates
The price of the traditional safe haven gold increased on Monday after Beijing introduced retaliatory measures against American goods coming to China.

After falling in the past three trading sessions, the yellow metal surged over $8 per troy ounce to $1,335. “The trade war is going on and it is getting worse, so that might be the reason that people are selling dollars and buying gold,” said Yuichi Ikemizu at ICBC Standard Bank in Tokyo, as quoted by Reuters.

China has introduced additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on 128 US products including frozen pork, wine and certain fruits and nuts, in response to Washington’s duties on imports of aluminum and steel.

The index, which compares the dollar against six other major currencies, slid 0.3 percent. Gold prices slid 1.7 percent last week in its biggest drop since early December, but the precious metal has surged 1.7 percent in January-March, a third quarterly gain in a row.

Analysts say gold may have hit rock bottom, and investors are going to be lured with the current situation in the market. “Even the most steel-nerved trader will be tempted to go in now,” Ikemizu said.

Last week, analyst Larry McDonald, publisher of the Bear Traps Report, predicted a “perfect storm” of rising gold prices is coming. The turbulence around the US political situation and a possible trade war with China can send gold prices higher, he said.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

Trump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC

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Trump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC

Trump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC
US President Donald Trump has suggested meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Washington, DC. Trump made the offer during a phone call between the two leaders, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov confirmed.

“When the presidents talked on the phone, Trump suggested holding a meeting in Washington DC,” Ushakov told reporters on Monday. He added that it was the US leader who had proposed the idea of the meeting.

However, no preparations for a possible meeting have been discussed since the March 20 telephone call, Putin’s aide said. The US and Russia have also been at loggerheads over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, which has sparked tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

Trump decided to expel 60 diplomats and close Russia’s consulate in Seattle after London accused Moscow of poisoning Skripal and his daughter Yulia, although no evidence of Russia’s role has been provided. Moscow responded by expelling the same number of US diplomatic staff from Russia and closing the consulate in St. Petersburg.

“I would like to believe that [preparation for the meeting] will start,”Ushakov said, adding that he hopes Washington puts the measures based on “absolutely unsubstantiated charges” on hold.

During the March 20 call, Putin and Trump also discussed combating international terrorism and the importance of coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.

Putin and Trump have so far met twice: during the G20 summit in Germany last July and on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November.