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Tuesday 29 December 2015

Erdogan Accuses Kurdish Chief Party of ’Treason’ over Autonomy Call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused the leader of the main Kurdish party Selahattin Demirtas of "treason" over his call for autonomy for the country's Kurdish minority.

Sunday 27 December 2015

Kurdish opposition believes autonomy the only way for peace

A top Kurdish political organization has said the settlement of the Kurdish issue can only be achieved by granting autonomy to Turkey's predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while offering its support to terrorists that built barricades with explosives to create liberated zones in some towns.

Wednesday 23 December 2015

Russia slams Amnesty's report on Syria raids death toll as 'fake'

Russia on Wednesday rejected allegations by rights group Amnesty International that Moscow's strikes in Syria have caused massive civilian casualties, saying its report was made up of "cliches and fakes."

Monday 21 December 2015

Taliban suicide bombing kills six US soldiers in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden motorbike into a joint NATO-Afghan foot patrol near the Bagram air base in Afghanistan Monday killing six US soldiers. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.

Friday 18 December 2015

Major powers agree on UN draft resolution on Syrian peace process

The five permanent UN Security Council members have agreed on a draft resolution endorsing the Syrian peace process, diplomats said Friday.

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Turkey Refuses To Pay Compensation For Downed Russian Warplane

Ankara says it will not pay any compensation to Moscow for the Russian warplane that was shot down last month near the Turkish-Syrian border by Turkey's air force.

Sunday 13 December 2015

Tension escalates as Russia fires warning shots at Turkish vessel

Tension between Turkey and Russia entered a new phase after a Russian warship fired what Moscow called warning shots at a Turkish fishing boat in the Aegean Sea, summoning the Turkish military attaché in Moscow over the incident, leaving diplomatic efforts to resolve dispute in shambles.

Friday 11 December 2015

Mosul gap remains between Turkey, Iraq

The gap between Ankara and Baghdad over the deployment of Turkish troops to a base near Mosul continues to widen, with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry set to lodge a formal complaint at the U.N. Security Council and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowing that those forces will not be pulled back.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Syrian opposition groups meet in Riyadh

Opposition groups from within Syria and abroad launched their scheduled meeting Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Monday 7 December 2015

Turkey issues warning to Russia over Bosphorus incident

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday received explanations from Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov over an incident involving a Russian sailor who allegedly held a man-portable air defense system on his shoulder when his warship was sailing through the Bosphorus, a diplomatic source said.

Saturday 5 December 2015

Baghdad calls on Ankara to withdraw troops. (150 Turkish soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks in Iraq)

Iraq calls on Turkey to “immediately” withdraw forces, including tanks and artillery, it has deployed in the country’s north without Baghdad’s consent, the premier’s office said on Saturday.

Thursday 3 December 2015

Russia starts deliveries of S-300 systems to Iran

Russia has started the delivery of its S-300 air defense systems to Iran, TASS news agency quoted an aide to President Vladimir Putin as saying on Thursday.

Monday 30 November 2015

Russia says Turkey 'shot down plane for IS oil'

Russia has accused Turkey of shooting down its warplane near the border with Syria in order to protect its oil trade with the Islamic State (IS) group.

Saturday 28 November 2015

Putin orders sanctions against Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

Thursday 26 November 2015

No apology to Russia, they need to apologize to us (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appeared set to increase tension with Russia in the wake of his country’s downing of a Russian jet on Nov. 24, vowing that his country would offer no apology for the incident.

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet 'near Syrian border'

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeatedly warning it over air space violations, Turkish officials said, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.

Sunday 22 November 2015

Experts praise Paris’ response to trauma

United by the trauma of terrorist attacks 14 years apart, New York City and Paris have exhibited the same fortitude and determination to overcome the tears and fears with love, life and laughter.

Friday 20 November 2015

US, Turkey Poised for Joint Anti-ISIS Operation, Despite Differences

Turkey and the United States have confirmed that their forces are poised to launch a major military operation to close a 98-kilometer strip of the Turkey-Syria border used by Islamic State.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Russia and France will organize joint military operations against IS

The Russian Armed Forces will organize joint military operations with the French Navy to combat terrorists in Syria, chief of the main operations directorate of Russian army’s General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said on Wednesday.

Monday 16 November 2015

Hollande: We will eradicate terrorism

French President Francois Hollande vowed that France would eradicate “terrorism” in address to an exceptional joint gathering of parliament on Monday in Versailles, south of Paris.

Saturday 14 November 2015

Hollande says Paris attacks an ‘act of war’ by IS group

Speaking in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, French President François Hollande accused the Islamic State (IS) group of conducting a series of attacks in and around Paris late Friday that left at least 127 people dead.

Friday 13 November 2015

Ukraine: as winter closes in, UN warns 700,000 children at risk due to severely damaged heating systems

UN,  13 November 2015 – About 700,000 children in Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine are in danger of the potential failure of the heating systems during the winter months, said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today adding that conflict in the region has heavily damaged the interlinked water, heating and electricity service.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

EU agrees labelling of Israel 'settlement' goods

The European Union published new guidelines on Wednesday for labeling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Brussels said was technical but Israel branded "discriminatory" and damaging to peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Monday 9 November 2015

Spain to use "all legal mechanisms" to block Catalan independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday said he would use "all of the available machinery" in order to thwart the motion passed in the Catalan regional assembly on Monday to "begin the process of disconnecting" from Spain.

Friday 6 November 2015

Black box confirms explosion on Russian plane, says French media

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt has confirmed there was an explosion on board Metrojet Airbus A321, French media reported Friday, citing an expert source.

Wednesday 4 November 2015

UK Not Ruling Out Crashed Russian Airliner Brought Down by Explosive Device

The United Kingdom is suspending all flights leaving Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh for the country amid concerns that the Russian plane, crashed in Egypt last week, was downed by an explosive device, a 10 Downing Street spokesperson said Wednesday.

Monday 2 November 2015

OSCE says Turkey vote hindered by violence, media crackdown

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) charged in a damning report on Monday that Turkey's election was marred by a media crackdown, violence and other security concerns.

Saturday 31 October 2015

Russia rejects claim that IS group shot down aircraft

Russia’s Transport Minister on Saturday dismissed reports that the Islamic State group downed the Russian plane that crashed Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, saying the claims “can’t be considered accurate”.

Friday 30 October 2015

Progress reached on Syria, meeting to be held in 15 days — (Fabius)

The participants of the Vienna meeting on Syria have reached progress on some issues, but there is no complete accord between them; the next meeting will take place in 15 days and the participants of talks will be the same, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday after discussions that lasted some eight hours.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Monday 26 October 2015

Death toll from earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan rises to over 200

A major earthquake that struck the remote Afghan northeast this morning has killed more than 200 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan, while sending shock waves as far as New Delhi in India, according to officials.

Friday 23 October 2015

‘No common position’ on Assad after meeting

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Friday after attending a meeting in Vienna on Syria that he and his fellow participants had not reached consensus on the political fate of President Bashar al-Assad, Russian news agencies reported.

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Assad meets Putin in ‘first foreign visit since 2011’. White House slams Russia 'red carpet' treatment for Syria's Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew into Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the two men discussed their joint military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Monday 19 October 2015

U.S. wants to avoid 'total destruction' of Syria (Kerry)

The United States is working to avoid the "total destruction" of Syria and plans to meet with Russian, Turkish, Saudi, and Jordanian leaders in the near future to seek an end to the conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Assad forces in Aleppo offensive

Syrian government forces backed by Russian airpower and allied militias opened a new front against rebel fighters south of second city Aleppo on Friday.

Friday 16 October 2015

EU, Turkey refugee plan only a draft, says Ankara

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the European Union had woken up too late to Turkey’s importance in stemming the flow of refugees from Syria and accused it of insincerity in talks on Turkish membership despite recent overtures.

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Turkey warns Russia, US over support for anti-IS Kurds in Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday warned the US and Russia against "unacceptable" military and political support for Syrian Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Monday 12 October 2015

US Airdrops 50 Tons of Ammunition to Syria Rebels

The United States airdropped 50 tons of small arms ammunition Sunday to rebels in northern Syria, a U.S. defense official told VOA.

Saturday 10 October 2015

Turkey declares three days of mourning after Ankara ‘suicide bombing’

Turkey on Saturday declared three days of national mourning after twin explosions killed at least 86 people at a peace march in the capital Ankara in what the government said was most likely to be a suicide bombing.

Friday 9 October 2015

UN backs EU military action against migrant smugglers

The UN Security Council on Friday gave its approval to a European military operation to seize and dispose of boats run by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean off Libya's coast.

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Caspian Flotilla ships fire 26 cruise missiles on IS targets in Syria (Russian Defense Minister)

Ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla have been involved in the operation against militants of the outlawed in in Russia terrorist group Islamic State (IS). 

They have launched 26 missiles on IS targets in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Monday 5 October 2015

NATO condemns Russian violation of Turkish airspace

NATO condemned on Monday the "extreme danger" of Russia’s violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend as the Western alliance protested Moscow’s military campaign in Syria.

Saturday 3 October 2015

Airstrike Kills 19 at Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

An air strike in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 19 people, including three children, at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the charity group said Saturday.

Friday 2 October 2015

Obama blasts Congress for not passing stricter gun control laws after Oregon college shooting

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday slammed Congress for failing to pass stricter gun control laws after an Oregon college campus shooting left at least 10 people dead.

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Russia confirms first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria

Russia confirms first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria
Russia said it launched air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament’s unanimous backing to intervene to prop up the Kremlin’s closest Middle East ally.

Monday 28 September 2015

Putin calls for fresh anti-ISIS coalition at U.N.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the formation of a “broader, general” coalition to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday at the 70th United Nations General Assembly - his first address since a decade.

Saturday 26 September 2015

Saudi authorities under fire as death-marred hajj draws to a close

As the hajj religious pilgrimage entered its final day Saturday, officials in Saudi Arabia continued to grapple with the aftermath of a collision of pedestrian crowds that killed at least 769 people from various nationalities.

Thursday 24 September 2015

717 killed in Hajj pilgrimage stampede

At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed in a stampede outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca in the worst disaster to strike the annual Hajj pilgrimage for 25 years.

Monday 21 September 2015

UN observes International Day of Peace with call for global ceasefire

UN, 21 September 2015 – The United Nations today observed the International Day of Peace with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing to all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire and “stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.”

Saturday 19 September 2015

Kerry says Syria's Assad must go but timing negotiable

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure should be decided through negotiations.

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