UPDATE – Turkish VP: US should act within spirit of alliance

            ADDS REMARKS ON ISRAEL, US, CYPRUS, SYRIA</p>  <p>By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu </p>  <p>ANKARA (AA) - ANKARA (AA) - Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay called on the U.S. Monday to act in accordance with the spirit of its alliance and partnership with Turkey. </p>  <p>&quot;As Turkey, our expectation from the U.S. is for it to act according to the spirit of the alliance in every single area,&quot; Oktay said during his budget speech. </p>  <p>&quot;We also want to see an America that respects Turkey's fight against terrorist organizations,&quot; he said. </p>  <p>Turkey has long sought the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, the leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), from the U.S. </p>  <p>FETO orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured. </p>  <p>Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.</p>  <p>Oktay also called on the U.S. to stop supporting Israel's &quot;lawless and unethical moves on the Palestine and Jerusalem issues&quot; in order to maintain its position as a &quot;reliable ally&quot;. </p>  <p>Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump triggered an international outcry by announcing plans to move Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital. The relocated embassy was opened in May.</p>  <p>Since the move, the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has rejected any mediating role by the U.S. in the moribund Middle East peace process. </p>  <p>International law continues to view East Jerusalem, along with the entire West Bank, as &quot;occupied territory&quot; and considers all Jewish settlement construction there to be illegal. </p>  <p>Citing Turkey’s regional politics, the vice president underscored that Turkey would “by no means” tolerate any measures by Greece or southern Cyprus against Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. </p>  <p>He added that Ankara would not make &quot;the slightest&quot; compromise regarding its hydrocarbon interests around Cyprus, the Aegean Sea or the Eastern Mediterranean.</p>  <p>Cyprus was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the north and a Greek Cypriot administration in the south after a 1974 military coup was followed by violence against the island’s Turks and Turkey’s intervention as a guarantor power. </p>  <p>The island’s status remains unresolved in spite of a series of negotiations over the years. </p>  <p>Oktay praised the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib province under a Turkish-Russian accord reached on Sept. 17 in the Russian city of Sochi which was supported by Iran, saying it had adverted a “very large humanitarian crisis” there. </p>  <p>The vice president stressed that Turkey would now aim to split the “terror corridor” along its southern border east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. </p>  <p>&quot;The dissolution of the terror corridor east of the Euphrates is now on our agenda,&quot; he said. </p>  <p>Stressing that Ankara was using all diplomatic means to resolve the issue, Oktay added that Turkey is fully prepared for any operation in the area. </p>  <p>A possible mission east of the Euphrates, which Turkey’s leadership has been suggesting for months, would follow two successful cross-border Turkish operations into Syria -- Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch – which were both meant to eradicate the presence of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists near Turkey’s borders. </p>  <p>In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch. 

US: Prosecutors seek substantial sentence for Cohen

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former attorney should receive a substantial prison term for paying hush money to women on his behalf and numerous finance-related crimes, federal prosecutors said Friday. </p>  <p>Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York filed a sentencing memo for Michael Cohen and suggested that he be given up to 63 months in prison. </p>  <p>Cohen “orchestrated secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs with Individual-1”, said the memo, referring to Trump.</p>  <p>“In the process, Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the [2016 presidential] election.”</p>  <p>Last week, Cohen also pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress about work he did on a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.</p>  <p>In August, he pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including tax fraud and false statements.</p>  <p>While the memo noted that Cohen was helpful to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller over potential collusion by Trump’s campaign associates with Russian officials in the 2016 election, prosecutors noted that the information given was done out of &quot;personal resolve&quot;.</p>  <p>&quot;After cheating the IRS for years, lying to banks and to Congress, and seeking to criminally influence the Presidential election, Cohen’s decision to plead guilty – rather than seek a pardon for his manifold crimes – does not make him a hero,&quot; the memo said.</p>  <p>In a separate filing, federal prosecutors from Mueller's office did not give any recommendation for Cohen's sentence and said that any sentence given should run concurrently.</p>  <p>Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday by a U.S. district judge in Manhattan on all of the charges he pled guilty to.

UPDATE – Trump announces picks for UN envoy, top justice posts

                              ADDS DETAILS THROUGHOUT</p>  <p>By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he is nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S.'s new UN envoy.</p>  <p>Current ambassador Nikki Haley announced in October she would be leaving the post at year's end. </p>  <p>Nauert is a former Fox News host whom Trump said is &quot;very talented, very smart, very quick and I think that she will be respected by all.&quot;</p>  <p>&quot;She's done a great job working with Mike Pompeo and others over at the State Department,&quot; Trump told reporters at the White House.</p>  <p>Nauert entered the role in 2017 without any foreign policy experience, and if confirmed by the Senate she would play a leading role in executing the U.S.'s international agenda. </p>  <p>Under Nauert the State Department has dramatically scaled back its once daily press conferences to only a handful, at best, each week. </p>  <p>Nauert has also come under fire for an Instagram post in Saudi Arabia that some criticized as &quot;touristy&quot; while she was in the Kingdom to discuss the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.</p>  <p>Riyadh initially denied a role in Khashoggi’s murder, but later blamed it on a group of rogue agents. </p>  <p>Trump also said he would be nominating William Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced to resign last month. </p>  <p>Trump called Barr &quot;one of the most respected jurists in the country,&quot; as well as a &quot;highly respected lawyer&quot; in his announcement. </p>  <p>If confirmed, Barr would be assuming the top post at the Justice Department for the second time after already serving as attorney general from 1991 to 1993.</p>  <p>&quot;He was my first choice from day one,&quot; Trump said. &quot;Hopefully that process will go very quickly, and I think it will go very quickly.&quot; 

Trump announces picks for UN envoy, top justice posts

             By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he is nominating State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the U.S.'s new UN envoy.</p>  <p>Current envoy Nikki Haley announced in October she would be leaving her post at year's end. </p>  <p>Nauert is a former Fox News anchor whom Trump said is &quot;very talented, very smart, very quick and I think that she will be respected by all.&quot;</p>  <p>Trump also said he would be nominating William Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump forced to resign last month. 

Birinci yılında Kudüs direnişinin sembol ismi Cuneydi AA’ya konuştu

EL HALİL (AA) – ESAT FIRAT – Dünyanın 20’yi aşkın İsrail askeri tarafından gözleri bağlı şekilde götürülürken çekilen fotoğrafıyla tanıdığı ve Kudüs direnişinin sembol ismi haline gelen Fevzi El-Cuneydi’nin yaşadıklarının üzerinden tam bir yıl geçti.

Filistinli 17 yaşındaki Cuneydi, ABD'nin Kudüs'ü "İsrail'in başkenti" olarak tanımasının ardından 7 Aralık 2017'de işgal altındaki Batı Şeria'nın El Halil kentinde yaşanan olaylar sırasında "gözleri bağlanarak" 20'yi aşkın İsrail askeri tarafından gözaltına alındı.

Cuneydi’nin bir grup İsrail askeri tarafından gözaltına alınış biçiminin başta Anadolu Ajansı (AA) olmak üzere yerli ve yabancı medya tarafından dünyaya servis edilmesi, uluslararası toplumda büyük infiale yol açtı.

İsrail askerlerinin, işgal altındaki Batı Şeria’nın El Halil kentinde ABD’nin Kudüs kararını protesto eden Filistinlilere müdahalesiyle birlikte yaşanan olaylar sırasında gözaltına alınan 17 yaşındaki Filistinli Cuneydi, olayın 1’inci yılında AA’ya konuştu.

Cuneydi, bugün 17 yaşında bir genç ve evinin geçimini sağlamaya çalışıyor. Çalışamaz durumdaki babasına, 6 kardeşine ve hasta annesine bakmak zorunda.

Cuneydi, babasının 3 yıl önce çalıştığı fabrikada geçirdiği kazayla çalışamaz duruma gelmesi üzerine okulunu yarıda bıraktı. Lise 10’uncu sınıftayken okulu bırakmak zorunda kalan Filistinli Cuneydi, hayatın zorlu meşakkatleriyle dolu serencamına çocuk yaşta atılmak zorunda kaldı.

İşgal şartlarında hayata tutunmaya çalışan Cuneydi ailesinin en büyük çocuğu Fevzi, El Halil’in Medine-i Münevvere Caddesi’nin işlek bir kavşağında el arabası üzerinde ada çayı, naneli çay ve Arap kahvesi gibi sıcak içecekler satarak evine ekmek götürmeye çalışıyor.

Karşısında AA ekibini gören Cuneydi, apar topar el arabası üzerindeki vitrinin kapısını kapattıktan sonra heyecanla ekibi yanına alarak evinin yolunu tuttu. Yüzündeki tebessümü, gözlerindeki hüznü, omuzlarındaki ağır yükü ve heyecanıyla Cuneydi, adeta bir asra yakındır kan ve gözyaşıyla hayatları yoğrulmuş işgal altındaki Filistin halkını temsil ediyor.

Evinde üşüyen elleriyle bir kez daha AA ekibini selamlayan Cuneydi, babası Muhammed El-Cuneydi ve babaannesi Fevziye El-Cuneydi’yi de yanına alarak bir yıl önce yaşadıklarını, bugünkü umutlarını, duygu ve düşüncelerini anlattı.

  • Yaşadıklarım İsrail’in yüzünü bir kez daha dünyaya tanıttı

Cuneydi, 7 Aralık 2017’de gözaltına alındığı sırada çekilen fotoğrafının, İsrail’in çocuklara, tutuklulara ve tüm Filistin halkına yönelik muamelesini ortaya koyan ve İsrail’in yüzünü dünyaya bir kez daha tanıtan bir kare olduğunu söyledi.

Gözaltına alındıktan sonra, İsrail askerleri tarafından şiddetli bir şekilde darp edildiğini hatırlatan Cuneydi, tüm yaşadıklarının Kudüs için olduğunu ve Kudüs’ün de İsrail’in başkenti olarak tanınmasını kabul etmediklerini belirtti.

Cuneydi, Kudüs’ün Filistin’in ebedi başkenti olduğunu vurgulayarak, “Kudüs Müslümanlarındır ve Filistin’in ebedi başkentidir. Trump veya tüm dünya, kim ne derse desin, Kudüs Filistin’in başkentidir. İnşallah Kudüs bir gün özgürlüğüne kavuşur.” dedi.

ABD ve Arap ülkelerinin İsrail’e yardım ettiğini söyleyen Cuneydi, “ABD istediği kadar İsrail’e yardım etsin. Bizi yarı yolda yalnız bırakan Arap ülkeleri istedikleri kadar İsrail’in yanında dursun. Filistin Allah’ın izniyle bir gün özgürlüğüne kavuşacak ve Kudüs’te başkenti olacak.” ifadelerini kullandı.

  • İsrail’in çocuklara yönelik gözaltı politikasını anlatmaya çalışıyor

Kudüs direnişinin sembol ismi Cuneydi, genellikle babasına yardım ettiğini çay ve kahve sattığını belirterek, geri kalan zamanlarında Filistin’de düzenlenen etkinliklere katıldığını belirtti.

Cuneydi, üniversiteler başta olmak üzere eğitim kurumları ve sivil toplum kuruluşları tarafından organize edilen etkinliklere vakit buldukça katıldığını vurgulayarak, “Burada İsrail’in çocuklara yönelik gözaltı politikasını anlatmaya çalışıyorum.” dedi.

Hayat ile ilgili çok büyük hedeflerinin olmadığını ve bilinçli bir şekilde hedeflerini küçük tuttuğunu belirten Cuneydi, küçük bir dükkan açmak istediğini ve buradan rızkını kazanmak istediğini söyledi.

  • Kudüs’e gitmek istiyor

Cuneydi, Kudüs için katıldığı bir gösteri sırasında gözaltına alınarak Filistin halkının sembolü haline gelse de hayatında hiç Kudüs’e gidemediğini belirterek, “Kudüs’e gitmeyi çok istiyorum. Ne desem de Kudüs’ü ne kadar sevdiğimi anlatamam. Orası bizim peygamberimizin İsra yolculuğu yaptığı yerdir.” ifadelerini kullandı.

Bir gün Kudüs’ün ve Filistin’in özgürlüğüne kavuşacağını vurgulayan küçük Filistinli, “Kudüs’e girişim maalesef yasak. Mescid-i Aksa ve Kudüs Müslümanlarındır. Ancak İsrail ve ABD burayı işgal etmiş. Ama inşallah bir gün orası özgürlüğüne kavuşacak ve o pisliklerden temizlenecektir.” dedi.

Cuneydi, El Halil’deki Harem-i İbrahim Camisi'nin de çok fazla İsrail’in ihlaline maruz kaldığını belirterek, burada yaşanan ihlalleri sosyal paylaşım siteleri aracılığıyla dünyaya duyurmaya çalıştığını söyledi.

İsrail makamlarının kontrolünde olduğuna dikkati çeken Cuneydi, İsrail’e yönelik en küçük bir hatasının 8 ay ila 3 yıl arasında değişen hapis cezasıyla cezalandırılacağını belirtti.

  • Türkiye’yi çok seviyorum

Cuneydi, Türkiye’yi çok sevdiğini, Türkiye’nin de Filistin’i sevdiğini belirterek, “Türkiye halkı bizim yanımızda durdu. Ben Türkiye’de bulunduğum sürede, çok fazla arkadaş edindim. Çok sevdim onları.” dedi.

Türkiye halkına ve Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’a teşekkürlerini yineleyen Cuneydi, “Türkiye halkına ve Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan’a Filistin davasının yanında durdukları için teşekkür ederim. Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, tüm Arap ülkeleri liderleri sessiz kalırken ABD’den ve İsrail’den korkmadan Kudüs, Filistin’in başkentidir diyebilen tek liderdir.” ifadelerini kullandı.

  • “Oğlumla gurur duyuyorum”

Öte yandan oğlunu büyük bir hayranlıkla dinleyen 44 yaşındaki Muhammed El-Cuneydi, “Fevzi gibi bir oğlum olduğu için gurur duyuyorum. Onun Kudüs için ortaya koyduğu cesaret ve hamasetten dolayı şeref duyuyorum.” dedi.

Trump’ın Kudüs kararına işaret eden Baba Cuneydi, “Her ne olursa olsun, Kudüs Arapların ve Müslümanların ortak değeri olarak kalmaya devam edecektir. Bu Trump da olsa kimsenin Kudüs üzerinde sözü olamaz.” ifadelerini kullandı.

Baba Cuneydi, yaklaşık 20 yıl önce Kudüs’e gittiğini ve Kudüs’ü çok özlediğini belirterek, “Bugün gidemiyorum ve Kudüs’e girişim de yasak.” dedi.

Özgürlük umutlarının hala canlı olduğunu belirten Baba Cuneydi, “Kudüs’ün ve Filistin’in özgürlüğüne kavuşmasını ümit ediyorum. Kudüs ve Mescid-i Aksa bugün hüzün dolu. Müslümanlara sesleniyor. İşgali ve sömürüyü sonlandırmak için çağrıda bulunuyor.” şeklinde konuştu.

  • “Torunumu o halde görünce çok üzüldüm”

Filistinli Cuneydi’nin babaannesi 60 yaşındaki Fevziyye El-Cuneydi (Umm Muhammed), torunu Fevzi’yi İsrail askerleri arasında görünce çok üzüldüğünü belirterek, “Dengemi kaybettim, kalbim sıkıştı ve torunumun o zor durumdaki haliyle şok oldum, çok üzüldüm.” dedi.

Umm Muhammed, Fevzi’yi çok sevdiğini vurgulayarak, “Bir çocuğa bunu yapacaklarına inanamadım. O benim oğlumun oğlu, onu çok seviyorum.” ifadelerini kullandı.

Kudüs ve Filistin’den vazgeçemeyeceklerini söyleyen Umm Muhammed, Kudüs’e yaş sınırı aşımından dolayı gidebildiğini ifade ederek, Mescid-i Aksa çevresinde İsrail polislerinin varlığının çok hüzün verici olduğunu belirtti.

Umm Muhammed, kimsenin Filistin’e sahip çıkmadığını, Türkiye’nin Kudüs’e ve Filistin’e sahip çıkmasını istedi.

Filistinli 17 yaşındaki Fevzi el-Cuneydi, ABD'nin Kudüs'ü "İsrail'in başkenti" olarak tanımasının ardından 7 Aralık 2017'de işgal altındaki Batı Şeria'nın El Halil kentinde yaşanan olaylar sırasında "gözleri bağlanarak" 20'yi aşkın İsrail askeri tarafından gözaltına alınmıştı.

Kudüs direnişinin sembol ismi haline gelen Cuneydi'nin görüntülerinin basına yansımasının ardından uluslararası camiadan İsrail'e büyük tepki gösterilmişti.

US embassy move gained little, undercut peace: Experts

            By Michael Hernandez </p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – When U.S. President Donald Trump announced one year ago that Washington would be relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, his declaration was met with ominous claims of pending disaster and threats of significant penalties from international powers.</p>  <p>Neither have come to pass.</p>  <p>The most significant rebuke from the international community – a UN General Assembly vote that overwhelmingly passed – merely asked countries not to establish embassies in Jerusalem. It did not impact in any way the administration’s bullish approach to the matter.</p>  <p>But despite calls from the U.S. and Israel for other countries to follow suit, only a handful have, and at least one nation – Paraguay – reversed course following a change in government.</p>  <p>That response could best be described as “tepid,” said Noura Erakat, a human rights lawyer who focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.</p>  <p>“This seems to just marginalize the United States even more when it comes to its standing internationally,” Erakat told Anadolu Agency.</p>  <p>Trump’s decision – fulfilled in May – has served to foil any efforts his administration may take to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, particularly a looming rollout of its peace plan that is being forged by his son-in-law and special advisor Jared Kushner.</p>  <p>The Palestinian leadership has adamantly rejected any role for the U.S. in prospective peace talks after Trump upended decades of internationally-held understandings about Jerusalem by recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.</p>  <p>Kushner’s long-promised peace plan is unlikely to change Palestinian opposition.</p>  <p>Indeed, in announcing the embassy move, Trump said he was “taking Jerusalem off the table,” language that led many “to conclude that the U.S. policy is to determine unilaterally, or through coordination with Israel, issues that had been deemed as ‘final status’ in the past,” remarked Nathan Brown, a professor of political science at George Washington University who specializes in the Middle East.  </p>  <p>“The Trump administration's diplomacy seems aimed at persuading regional actors to accept current realities as a kind of imposed solution on the Palestinians. So far, the U.S. has achieved a few tactical successes, but even the most cooperative regional actors seem more resigned to than they are supportive of the Trump approach,” he said.</p>  <p>Following not only the Jerusalem declaration but the Trump administration’s subsequent moves to sever U.S. aid for the Palestinians, speculation has continued to mount that Kushner’s proposal is likely to be little more than a carte blanche to Israel, which Mark Perry, an independent analyst who served as an informal advisor to former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, described as “a surrender document for the Palestinians”.</p>  <p>Further thwarting Trump’s ambitions for the peace plan is opposition to the Jerusalem declaration from Saudi King Salman, according to Perry.</p>  <p>Salman has largely taken a back seat in ruling the Kingdom to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is said to be more favorable to the forthcoming plan.</p>  <p>But Perry said the king has remained adamant on the issue following the U.S.’s unilateral Jerusalem declaration, an important development as the Kingdom continues to play a leading role among most Arab nations.</p>  <p>“No matter what the peace plan is, it’s not going to go anywhere without Arab support, and Saudi Arabia is not ready to do that,” Perry said.</p>  <p>While the Trump administration has not been dealt a major international blow by the president's announcement, neither has it gained much beyond the accolades heaped on it by Israeli leaders.</p>  <p>Meanwhile, Trump's promise to strike the &quot;deal of the century&quot; between Israel and Palestine appears, for now, derailed by his own actions.</p>  <p>“The strategy is not to run in place. The strategy is to make progress. And yeah, the move of the embassy to Jerusalem didn’t hurt them, but what exactly was the gain?” said Perry.</p>  <p>“This was pure fluff, and the mistake of the Trump administration was to assume that they were going to gain something by it. They gained nothing. And they actually hurt themselves because no one is going to sit at a table with them. These are people who can’t keep promises.&quot;

UN rejects US proposal to condemn Hamas

            By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - The UN General Assembly narrowly rejected a U.S.-sponsored resolution Thursday seeking to condemn Hamas. </p>  <p>The resolution, backed strongly by Israel and the U.S., needed a two-thirds majority to pass following an earlier vote in the assembly. </p>  <p>The vote ultimately failed to cross the higher threshold, with 87 nations voting in favor and 57 voting against. Thirty-three countries abstained.</p>  <p>The resolution was one of outgoing U.S. UN envoy Nikki Haley's final actions in the international body before she departs her post at year's end. </p>  <p>Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's chief Middle East peace envoy, lashed out at the vote, calling it &quot;absolutely shameful&quot; on Twitter. </p>  <p>&quot;@UN failed to condemn #Hamas even after years of attacks via suicide bombings, kidnappings, missiles, &amp; more against Israelis. The applause after the vote says it all,&quot; he said. </p>  <p>*Betul Yuruk contributed to this story from the United Nations

Canada: Trudeau knew Huawei executive to be arrested

                    By Barry Ellsworth

TRENTON, Canada (AA) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he knew Canadian authorities were going to arrest tech giant Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou.

"The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case," he said. "We were advised by them with a few days notice that this was in the works but of course there was no engagement or involvement in the political level in this decision because we respect the independence of our judicial processes."

Meng’s arrest Saturday in Vancouver brought a sharp rebuke from the Chinese government.

It also sent stock markets plunging on fears the arrest would kill a temporary trade war cease-fire brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trudeau told reporters Thursday politics did not play a role in Meng’s arrest and possible extradition to the United States.

U.S. authorities asked Canada to detain Meng and Thursday, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said he also knew in advance of the arrest.

The tension has prompted Canada to prepare for a possible cyber attack on its communication network from China.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Huawei is the largest private company in China and ranks as the number two mobile phone maker behind Samsung.

China demands Canada release Huawei executive

             By Barry Ellsworth</p>  <p>TRENTON, Canada (AA) – The Chinese government demanded Thursday that Canada free a Huawei executive believed to be arrested for allegedly breaching U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran.</p>  <p>Washington asked Canada to take into custody chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. Canadian authorities made the arrest Saturday in Vancouver. She faces the possibility of extradition to the U.S.</p>  <p>In a statement released Thursday, the Chinese government said Meng has not broken any laws in the U.S. or Canada and demanded Canada “immediately correct the mistake” by setting her free.</p>  <p>Canada has violated Meng’s human rights by failing to explain why she was arrested, the government said.</p>  <p>The arrest has placed in jeopardy a truce in the trade war between China and the U.S., a truce agreed to by U.S. President Donald Trump that suspends tariffs on China for 90 days while the two sides work out a new trade deal.</p>  <p>That possibility sent shock waves through early morning stock markets, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropping 2.5 percent and the Germany DAX 1.8 percent.</p>  <p>Meng requested and was granted a publication ban on the proceeding, so a Canada Justice Department spokesperson said more details on the arrest cannot be released.</p>  <p> A court hearing is slated for Friday.</p>  <p>Huawei is one of the largest manufacturers of telecommunications network equipment in the world.</p>  <p>American authorities have been scrutinizing Huawei since 2016 because they believe the firm has been shipping U.S. tech products to Iran.</p>  <p>The company, which manufactures myriad products including smartphones, is also suspected of espionage because of Huawei’s connection to the Chinese government.</p>  <p>New Zealand and Australia have stopped telecom operators from using Huawei devices due to the risk of the Chinese government learning about their communications network equipment.</p>  <p>But the United States went further when a pair of U.S. senators sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him not to deal with Huawei because of a high security risk.</p>  <p>The Chinese embassy in the Canadian capital of Ottawa vigorously denied any wrongdoing by Meng said the arrest “seriously harmed” her “human rights.”</p>  <p>“The Chinese side has lodged stern representations with the U.S. and Canada side, and urged them to immediately correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of Ms. Meng Wanzhou.”

Turkish MP: Trump’s J'lem move 'black mark in history'

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – A senior Turkish ruling party lawmaker on Thursday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year.

"Trump's Dec. 6 [2017] decision left a new black mark in the U.S. history," said Hasan Turan, head of the parliament’s Turkey-Palestine parliamentary friendship group, to reporters in parliament.

Turan said that the U.S. and Israel's support to the terrorist organization "would not prevent Turkey's rise."

"Jerusalem, Gaza and Al-Aqsa Mosque would continue to be our red line until an independent and free state of Palestine is established," he stressed.

Last year, Trump sparked an international outcry by announcing plans to move Washington’s Israel Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Since the move this May, the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has rejected any mediating role by the U.S. in the moribund Middle East peace process.

International law continues to view East Jerusalem, along with the entire West Bank, as "occupied territory" and considers all Jewish settlement construction there to be illegal.