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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Ex-Catalan president takes refuge in Belgium under threat of charges

Carles Puigdemont
Ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium Monday after Spain's top prosecutor said charges were coming against he and other pro-independence leaders who were removed from the semi-autonomous region.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Iraqi Kurdish Leader Barzani Says Will Step Down on Nov. 1

I will remain as a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter)
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani on Sunday confirmed his intention to step down on Nov. 1 and asked the Kurdish parliament to take measures to fill the presidential power vacuum.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Syria Calls for Withdrawal of Turkish Occupying Troops from Syrian Territories

Turkish Occupying Troops in Syrian Territories
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal al-Mikdad has stressed that Syria rejects the aggressive procedures taken by Turkey in Idleb and other Syrian areas, calling for an immediate withdrawal of the occupying Turkish troops from Idleb and stressing that Turkey should respect Syria’s sovereignty as well as the decisions made in Astana meeting on Syrian settlement.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Russia vetoes draft resolution extending UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism mandate in Syria

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya
Russia vetoed a draft resolution submitted by United States to the UN Security Council on extending the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism in Syria for a extra year.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Iraq dismisses US call for Iranian-backed militias to ‘go home’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
The Iraqi government has dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat ISIS to end operations in Iraq.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

US: Raqqa’s "liberation" marks 'beginning of a new phase'

US-backed forces succeed in making Raqqa 80 percent “uninhabitable”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday congratulated the Syrian people and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the liberation of the city of Raqqa from Daesh.

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.

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