President Erdogan returns as leader of ruling AK Party, pledges to fight enemies
A trial opened last Monday in Tur­key's capital for 221 suspects, including 27 former generals, accused of being the instigators of the attempted coup in 2016 aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The main defendants are Gen. Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander, and other alleged members of the so-called Peace at Home Council, a group on whose behalf a coup declaration was read on state television. Other defendants include the former military aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as the brother of a ruling party legislator. The suspects face life prison terms if found guilty of charges that include attempting to destroy the government and parliament.
US President signed an $110bn arms deal, vowed to defeat terrorism, appealed for peace
President Trump got the royal treatment in Saudi Arabia, receiving a lavish welcome that he hoped could erase two weeks of bad headlines at home, refocusing his presidency and uniting allies against terrorism. His nine-day foreign trip - the first as President - saw the signing of arms sales agreements and discussions on trade, terrorism, Iran and the wars in Syria and Yemen, and pusheds for peace between Israeli and Palestinians.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has to fight for his political survival, just a year after the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. He faces growing calls for resignation over a corruption scandal and austerity reforms.
Duterte cuts short trip to Russia, declarеs martial law at home
The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to cut short a trip to Moscow, having declared martial law in the south of his country.