Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron’s Islam comments Oct 26, 2020 0 254 12345 AFPIstanbulThe backlash against President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him to have “mental checks” and protests in Muslim-majority nations.Speaking after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils in a lesson on free speech earlier this month, Macron vowed France would “not give up cartoons” and said Paty “was killed because Islamists want our future”.But Erdogan on Saturday urged Macron to have “mental checks” for treating “millions of members from different faith groups this way” -- comments which prompted Paris to recall its envoy to Ankara.The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being “obsessed with Erdogan day and night”.“(Macron) is a case and therefore he really needs to have checks,” he said in a televised speech in the eastern Anatolian city of Malatya. Relations between Macron and Erdogan have become increasingly strained over geopolitical issues ranging from a Greek-Turkish maritime dispute to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, called the comments Erdogan made on Saturday “unacceptable” and urged Turkey “to cease this dangerous spiral of confrontation.” - ‘Attacking Islam’ -Anger at Macron spilt over into the streets in several Muslim-majority countries, with further demonstrations expected Sunday.Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Macron of “attacking Islam”.He tweeted that the French leader “could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Spain declares virus emergency as global cases soar Oct 26, 2020 0 265 With everything to lose, Trump barrels into final stretch Oct 26, 2020 0 265 Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus president in secret ceremony Oct 26, 2020 0 580 We are not going to control pandemic, says Trump aide AFP Washington Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Sunday that “we’re not going to control the pandemic,” drawing a rebuke from the Biden campaign that “they are admitting defeat.” Chief of staff Mark Meadows was speaking .. Brexit talks no closer to a deal, say insiders AFP Brussels Britain and the European Union are still a long way from a post-Brexit trade deal, several European sources told AFP Sunday, as both sides prepared to resume talks this week. “The negotiations are .. Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force AFP United Nations, United States An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said Saturday, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force after 90 days. While nuclear .. Some 2,000 protest Germany’s coronavirus regulations in Berlin dpa Berlin Some 2,000 people gathered on Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz square on Sunday to protest the measures imposed across Germany to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “There was largely neither the minimum ..