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Monday, 16 October 2017

Spain gives Catalan President new deadline to clarify independence bid

Puigdemont didn't directly address whether or not he declared independence
The Spanish government on Monday gave Catalonia's leader three extra days to formally declare whether his region will seek independence -- a prospect that has been in limbo since last week.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Damascus demands ‘immediate & unconditional’ pullout of Turkish troops from northwest Syria

Turkish troops  northwest Syria
Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Iraqi military positioned to stake claim over Kurdish stronghold Kirkuk

Iraqi military
An elite unit of the Iraqi military on Friday took control of a military base outside Kirkuk, a site that had been under control of Kurdish forces for several years.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Parthenon Marbles not in any Brexit deal: EU

Parthenon Marbles
Greece cannot hope to benefit from EU cultural repatriation rules to get back the Parthenon Marbles from Britain in the event of Brexit, the European Commission said Thursday.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Al-Moallem: We will always consider Turkey’s presence in Syria as illegal

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem said his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday addressed coordination of political and military issues, in addition to the economic dimension, which has stood out powerfully in the discussions of the bilateral relations.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Catalan president delays independence declaration, asks for talks

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont
In a speech many believed could include Catalonia's declaration of independence from Spain, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont instead called for dialogue between the two governments.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Tens of Terrorists Arrive in Turkey to Enter Idlib Province

Tens of Terrorists Arrive in Turkey to Enter Idlib Province
 A sum of 150 gunmen of Jeish al-Islam terrorist group have arrived in Turkey to participate in a military operation in Idlib province in Northwestern Syria, a media outlet reported Monday.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Erdogan says Syrian "rebels" taking ‘new steps’ to secure Idlib

Syrian "rebel fighters"
Syrian "rebel fighters" are launching a major military operation, backed by Turkish forces from inside Turkey, in a northern Syrian province largely controlled by jihadist "militants:, Turkish President Erdogan said on Saturday.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Catalan parliament defies Madrid pressure, works on independence declaration

Catalan parliament
Catalan secessionists were working today towards a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain that could be adopted next week in defiance of a court order and increased economic pressure from Madrid.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Turkish FM insists on 'time limit' for KRG

Kurdistan iraq
A time limit should be set up for the northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to reconsider from their “mistake” of holding an illegitimate referendum, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Tillerson: US Has Opened Direct Line of Communication With North Korea

US Has Opened Direct Line of Communication With North Korea
The United States has opened a direct channel of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the government of Kim Jong Un is interested in pursuing talks to give up its nuclear weapons, according to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in Beijing Saturday seeking China's cooperation on a “maximum pressure” campaign against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Friday, 29 September 2017

UN to send war crimes investigators to Yemen

war crimes investigators to Yemen
The UN Human Rights Council agreed Friday to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, overcoming resistance from Saudi Arabia which sought to fend off an independent international probe.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Turkey halts flights to northern Iraq, issues travel warning

Turkey halts flights to northern Iraq
Turkey has issued a new travel warning to Turkish nationals after Turkey’s consulate in Arbil announced that Turkish airline companies will halt flying to northern Iraq after 6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 29 until further notice at the request of Baghdad, following a referendum for independence held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Russian Defense Ministry: Russian strategic bombers destroy positions for ISIS and al-Nusra terrorists in Deir Ezzor and Idleb

Russian Defense Ministry
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Russian strategic bombers have carried out strikes on positions of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations in Deir Ezzor and Idleb provinces in Syria.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Reports disagree whether North Korea quake was man-made

The tremor occurred at 5:29 p.m., some 20 kilometers southeast of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test
A 3.0 magnitude earthquake detected near North Korea's nuclear test site Saturday is presumed to have been a natural quake, South Korea's weather agency said.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Lavrov: Eliminating terrorists in Syria requires coordination between Russia and US, but Washington rejects that

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that eliminating terrorists in Syria requires military coordination between Russia and the US, but Washington rejects that, noting that this coordination is blocked by the US Congress that doesn’t care about resolving conflicts.
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