North Korea ICBM Test Strengthens US Alliances

North Korea ICBM Test Strengthens US Alliances

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North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is solidifying U.S. alliances in East Asia while exacerbating already difficult relations with adversaries in the region.Most significantly South Korea’s position now seems more in line…

Turkish tourism bounces back as foreigners return

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ANKARATurkey’s tourism income rose year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said Monday.Turkey earned more than $5.4 billion from April to June, up by almost 9 percent compared to the same period last year, a…

UK insists Brexit will end freedom of movement

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LONDONFreedom of movement for millions of British and EU citizens will end in 2019 when Brexit takes effect, the U.K. government insisted on Monday.The statement appeared to rule out transitional post-Brexit arrangements recently raised by a senior Bri…

Somalia: al-Shabaab attack kills 11 soldiers

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MOGADISHU, SomaliaAt least 11 soldiers were killed and several others injured when al-Shabaab militants attacked a military convoy in a village southwest of capital Mogadishu, officials said Sunday.Ali Nur Mohamed, lower Shabelle region’s deputy commis…

Turkish opposition party head slams Israel on Al-Aqsa

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ANKARATurkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Tuesday voiced criticism over measures imposed at the Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem, saying Israel violated human rights.Speaking at a meeting of MHP lawmakers, Devlet Bahceli said I…

For many Germans, a Turkish coastal resort is home

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By Mustafa KurtANKARAAlanya, a coastal district of Turkey’s southern Antalya province is home to some 10,000 Germans.As Berlin and Ankara mow their way through a rough patch in their relations, many Germans settled in the resort town claim they have le…

Russia calls on Palestine, Israel not to raise tensions

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ANKARAMoscow has voiced “deep concern” after the recent tension between Israel and Palestine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.”We call on both sides to show restraint so as to be able to prevent the violence from escalating Palestinian-Isra…

Gambia: Barrow addresses lawmakers for 1st time

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BANJUL, GambiaGambian President Adama Barrow has said that his government had released over 500 prisoners since he came to power, succeeding former autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh.The Gambian president made his first appearance before the country’s lawma…

Russian Military Police Deployed to Monitor Syria Safe Zones

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Russia has started to deploy military police to Syria to monitor a cease-fire in two newly established safe zones, Russian authorities said Monday.Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said Russian forces had set up checkpoints and monitoring posts around safe zone…

LEADERS OF TURKEY, FRANCE TACKLE BILATERAL RELATIONS, LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN REGION

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Turkey’s President Erdogan and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region.Turkish news agency (Anadolu) quoted presidential sources as saying the two leaders discussed in a tel…

Turkish and Egyptian FMs discuss Al-Aqsa on the phone

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ANKARAThe Turkish and Egyptian foreign ministers spoke on the phone this Sunday on the recent tension over Israeli restrictions around Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to diplomatic sources.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Sameh Shoukry discussed the latest developments …

Turkey expects Israel to ‘right the wrong’: PM

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ANKARATurkey’s prime minister on Sunday condemned recent Israeli restrictions on Muslims’ access to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.According a post on Binali Yildirim’s official Twitter account, Muslims’ access to Al-Aqsa being restricted for any reason i…

On Shaken Kos: ‘We Were Afraid to Stay Indoors’

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Hundreds of people on the eastern Greek island of Kos have spent the night sleeping outdoors after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region in Greece and Turkey. Residents and tourists were to…

Greek Island Hit With 2 Aftershocks Following Quake

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Two aftershocks hit the Greek island of Kos on Saturday night, just a day after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake killed two people and injured nearly 500 others.The first aftershock, of 4.4 magnitude, hit the island about 8 p.m. local time and was followed 1…

Turkish PM slams Israel’s Al-Aqsa restrictions

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ANKARARestricting access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque will not resolve any problems, Turkey’s prime minister said Friday.”Their implementation is wrong,” Binali Yildirim said. “Taking such radical measures over a terror threat, blocking or restricting…

Islamic State’s Russian-language Propagandists Show Little Sign of Slowing Down

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Furat Media, the Russian-language branch of Islamic State’s propaganda apparatus, has released three high-quality videos since the start of July. Furat’s Twitter and Telegram accounts feature daily updates and multimedia posts, suggesting the group’s R…

Turkey: New companies increase in June

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ANKARAThe number of newly established companies in Turkey rose by 8.5 percent year-on-year to reach 5,952 in June, the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) revealed on Friday.According to the union, 1,016 companies went out of busin…

Turkey rejects German ‘interference’ over arrests

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ANKARARemarks made by German officials over the recent detention in Istanbul of six people, including a German national, are unacceptable, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has said.There was direct interference in the Turkish judiciary in statements made by G…

Deaflympics puts host country Turkey in the spotlight

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SAMSUN, TurkeyThe Turkish city of Samsun is in the international spotlight through the end of July as the official host of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, the global games for the hearing impaired.We’re at the center of attention worldwide. We feel proud …

SAUDI AIRLINE SAYS US LAPTOP BAN LIFTED

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Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted on Wednesday. The kingdom’s civil aviation authorities informed Saudia that the ban had been lifted after a US team inspected secu…

GERMANY SAYS EU AID TO TURKEY COULD BE HALTED OVER ARRESTS

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Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara’s ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen. The moves mark a further …

Turkey and Thailand start free trade agreement talks

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ANKARATurkey and Thailand on Wednesday signed a declaration in Ankara to start negotiations for a free trade agreement.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said that once the agreement becomes operational trade volu…

Philippine troops clear 50 more buildings of militants

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, PhilippinesNearly two months after the Daesh-linked Maute group laid siege to Marawi, military chief Gen. Eduardo AAo said Monday that 50 more buildings that were militant strongholds had been cleared by government forces.AAo said troop…

TURKEY RESOLVES TO NEVER ALLOW ‘TERROR STATE’ ON BORDER

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The National Security Council meeting in Ankara on Monday resolved that Turkey would never allow a terrorist state to be established on its border, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. According to a statement issued after the council’s meeting at th…

US-backed Forces Battle IS in Heart of Syria’s Raqqa

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U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa, the extremists’ self-styled capital, on Monday, as scores of civilians fled areas controlled by the group.The Kurdish-led group has been one of the most effective forces …

Turkey runs nearly $7B budget deficit in January-June

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ANKARATurkey ran a budget deficit of 25.2 billion Turkish liras (about $6.9 billion) this January to June, Finance Minister Naci Agbal said Monday.The budget deficit in June stood at 13.7 billion Turkish liras (approximately $3.9 billion), compared to …

Why Russia won’t support post-Daesh Mideast democracy

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MOSCOWThe end of the Islamic State (Daesh) may have begun in 2017. Mosul was heroically liberated by the Iraqi army recently and the capture of Raqqa in Syria looks imminent.The fear of Daesh has dominated the region for the last three years, and now t…

TURKEY SIGNS INITIAL MISSILE DEFENCE DEAL WITH FRENCH, ITALIAN FIRMS

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Turkey has signed an initial accord with French and Italian firms on the development of missile defence systems, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik as saying. It cited Mr Isik as saying at a French embassy recept…

Detained Human Rights Activists Face Charges in Turkey

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Ten Turkish human rights activists who were detained by police while attending a training workshop appeared before a court in Istanbul on Monday to face possible charges or be released from custody.

The activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director Idil Eser, were detained earlier this month at a hotel on Buyukada island off Istanbul and questioned by anti-terrorism police.

Amnesty, which has called for their immediate release, said the group was being investigated for membership in an armed terrorist organization. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made vague accusations against the 10, saying they were holding a meeting that had the nature of a continuation” of last year’s failed coup attempt.

Other than Amnesty, the activists are members of the Women’s coalition, the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, the Human Rights’ Agenda Association, the Association to Monitor Equal Rights and the Rights Initiative. Their two trainers � a German and a Swede � were also detained.

Turkey has blamed the July 15, 2016, failed coup on followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and has branded his movement a terror organization.

The country declared a state of emergency days after the coup and launched a massive crackdown, arresting some 50,000 people and dismissing more than 100,000 from government jobs. The crackdown initially focused on people with suspected ties to the alleged coup plotters, but has been extended to include politicians, journalists and activists.

Eser is the second top Amnesty International official in Turkey to face prosecution. Last month Amnesty’s Turkey chair, Taner Kilic, was arrested for alleged links to Gulen’s movement.

In a related development, 19 people � including former soldiers � went on trial in Istanbul, for raiding the headquarters of Dogan media holding on the night of the failed attempt in a bid to take over two of its television stations and Hurriyet newspaper.

They face life terms in prison if found guilty of charges of trying to overthrow the state and membership in a terror group.

Also Monday, a group of lawyers gathered at a courthouse in Istanbul to protest the detention of a colleague, Mustafa Yaman, on alleged links to Gulen.

Source: Voice of America

Political Polarization Deepens in Turkish Commemoration of Defeated Coup

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has inaugurated a monument to commemorate the 250 people who died opposing a military coup a year ago .The monument opposite Erdogan’s huge presidential palace depicts Turkey’s national symbol, the moon and cresce…

Israeli panel advances bill banning Jerusalem division

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JERUSALEMAn Israeli ministerial panel has advanced a proposed law blocking negotiations on any partition of Jerusalem, local media reported Sunday. According to The Jerusalem Post, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill, allowing i…

A YEAR AFTER FAILED COUP IN TURKEY, ERDOGAN SAYS ‘BEHEAD TRAITORS’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — delivering feisty and stirring messages on the one-year anniversary of a failed coup aimed at unseating him — lauded the popular resistance that helped stop the coup, and promised to decapitate “traitors,” a s…

Erdogan: Last Year’s Coup Plotters Should Be Beheaded

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says those behind last year’s failed coup in Turkey are “traitors” who should be beheaded.

Erdogan spoke as Turkey celebrated the anniversary with a national holiday, unveiling a “Martyrs Memorial” on the iconic Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul to commemorate the estimated 250 people who died in clashes opposing the coup. The bridge, renamed Saturday as Martyrs Bridge, was the scene of clashes between civilians and military tanks.

In a speech later in the day, Erdogan said the perpetrators of the coup should be killed or imprisoned in a facility like the United States’ Guantanamo Bay prison. He said if Turkey’s parliament passed a law authorizing the death penalty for those instigators, he would sign it.

“They showed no mercy when they pointed their guns at my people,” Erdogan said, referring to the coup leaders. “What did my people have? They had their flags � just as they do today � and something much more important: They had their faith.”

Thousands march

Saturday’s marchers waved hundreds of red Turkish flags emblazoned with the star and crescent. Thousands marched through the streets of Istanbul in an act of unity, converging at the bridge where Turkish citizens clashed with tanks and members of the military who were trying to assume control. Some of the marchers carried photographs of those who died in the fighting, which included a bomb attack on parliament.

Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu made a statement Saturday, too. His recalled the changes in Turkey since the coup attempt that culminated in a referendum in April that awarded Erdogan sweeping executive powers.

“This parliament, which withstood bombs, has been rendered obsolete and its authority removed,” Kilicdaroglu said. “In the past year, justice has been destroyed. Instead of rapid normalization, a permanent state of emergency has been implemented.”

The Turkish government also marked the anniversary by firing nearly 7,400 additional civil servants.

Divisions widen

Erdogan had previously dismissed at least 100,000 civil servants he characterized as supporters of the aborted coup and arrested another 50,000 people. The scale of the purge has widened political divisions in Turkey, with government opponents denouncing it as an attempt to silence Erdogan’s detractors.

At a special parliamentary session Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim described the aborted coup as “Turkey’s darkest and longest night,” which was “transformed into a bright day.”

Giant posters designed by the Erdogan administration have been placed on billboards in Istanbul displaying images portraying significant events such as the surrender of opposition troops.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement Friday applauding Turkish people “of all backgrounds and political views” who “took to the streets to preserve the rights and freedoms of their democratic society.”

“Their actions continue to remind us that the preservation of democracy requires perseverance, tolerance, dissent and safeguards for fundamental freedoms,” the statement added.

Opposition rally

The celebrations are occurring less than one week after the opposition leader, Kilicdaroglu, organized the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years.

Kilicdaroglu called for a full explanation of what happened on the night of the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, including when government authorities first learned the uprising was afoot.

The Turkish opposition says that Erdogan’s government is moving toward authoritarianism, while the Turkish leader says that the crackdown on rights is necessary to thwart security threats to the ruling government.

Erdogan claims the coup was led by a cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for nearly two decades. Gulen denies any involvement.

In a statement released Saturday, Gulen said the Turkish government’s “treatment of innocent citizens during the past year is dragging Turkey into the category of the countries with the worst record of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms in the world.” Gulen’s statement also said the Turkish people “are being rallied en masse around hate messages.”

About 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 others injured last year when a disgruntled army faction commandeered tanks and warplanes in a bid to overthrow Erdogan after 1� decades in power. Thirty-five coup organizers were also killed.

Source: Voice of America

Israeli police release Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric

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JERUSALEMIsraeli police on Friday released Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hussein who was detained earlier near the Al-Aqsa mosque, Palestine’s official news agency WAFA reported.The mufti was taken into custody from the Bab Al-Asbat are…

India: Mob brutally assaults Muslim family in train

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NEW DELHIA Muslim family was brutally assaulted by a mob in a passenger train in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the victims said.The incident took place on the Shikohabad-Kasgang passenger train on Wednesday, however, a video of the inc…

Suicide Bomber Kills, Injures Scores in Syria’s Idlib Province

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A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a gathering of jihadist rebels near the rebel-held northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Wednesday, killing and injuring scores, rebel sources said.They said the blast ripped a textile factory whi…

Dallas Cowboys world’s most valuable team

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NEW YORKThe Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League continue to reign as the world’s most valuable sports franchise, according to an annual list released Wednesday by Forbes Magazine.The Cowboys lead the list for the second consecutive year, val…

‘No problem’ for Turkey to have nuclear power plants

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ISTANBULThere is “no problem” for Turkey having a nuclear power plant, Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, secretary-general of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), said on Thursday.”We should have, and countries like Turkey could have this [nuclear power p…

Cleric Gulen: I Would Not Flee US to Avoid Extradition to Turkey

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Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year’s failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over.In an inter…

Trump hails Daesh’s defeat in Iraq’s Mosul

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WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump on Monday congratulated Iraq and its prime minister for their “victory over terrorists who are the enemies of all civilized people” after Iraq declared victory over Daesh in its former Iraqi capital.”We mourn the thousa…

Saudi-led bloc says Qatar violated secret deal

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DOHAA Saudi-led bloc on Tuesday accused Qatar of violating with a secret deal signed in recent years.It is without doubt that Qatar did not abide by Riyadh Agreements of 2013-2014, violated it and broke promise, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egyp…

Turkish stocks break another record

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ANKARATurkey’s benchmark index closed the day with a 2,085.48-point hike to reach a new historic high of 103,558.64 points on Tuesday.Borsa Istanbul’s BIST 100 index rose 2.06 percent with a total trading volume of 6.5 billion Turkish liras (approximat…

Thieves hit S. Africa’s National Prosecuting offices

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JOHANNESBURGBurglars have broken into the offices of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the capital Pretoria, stealing two laptops belonging to prosecutors, only days after another break-in into another government office.”Police hav…

Afghan peace body says aim is not to defeat Taliban

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KABUL, AfghanistanAfghanistan’s High Peace Council has announced it is now pursuing a new plan to reach a peace accord with the Taliban that would not aim to defeat the armed group.The council is a government-backed body that was formed in September 20…

US Security Chief Says Syria Cease-fire ‘Important Step’ As Start Nears

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s security adviser says a cease-fire that has taken effect in southwest Syria is an important step toward eventual peace throughout the country.National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday that at noon local time Su…

Post-coup Egypt’s penchant for capital punishment

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CAIROHundreds of Egyptians have been sentenced to death since July 3, 2013, when Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader, was ousted and imprisoned in a bloody military coup.One of the most notable raft of …

ARMENIAN EMBASSY: IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ALLOWS STABILITY OF SITUATION ON LINE OF CONTACT WITH AZERBAIJAN

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The Embassy of the Armenian Republic in Lebanon issued the following statement: “Question: Mr. Kocharyan, what could be the assessment of the recent actions of Azerbaijan aimed at the escalation of situation? Answer: This is yet another crime committed…

Cyprus Reunification Talks Fail, UN’s Guterres Says

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High-level talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus have failed to reach an agreement, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday, again dashing hopes that the island’s 43-year ethnic split could be healed.

Guterres made the announcement after marathon, U.N.-sponsored talks concluded at a Swiss resort in the early hours of Friday.

Unfortunately … an agreement was not possible and the conference was closed without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatically long-lasting problem, Guterres told reporters.

I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of the two communities and to wish the best to all Cypriots north and south.

Door not entirely shut

But Guterres didn’t entirely shut the door on any renewed, U.N.-assisted attempt to get the island’s Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci back to the negotiating table again.

The conference is closed, Guterres said. That doesn’t mean that other initiatives cannot be developed to address the Cyprus problem.

Echoing Guterres, Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said the failed result wasn’t the end of the road for peace efforts.

The existing, unacceptable situation can’t be Cyprus’ future and the president will redouble his efforts, Christodoulides said.

Why the talks collapsed

Also participating in the talks were Cyprus’ three ‘guarantors’ � Greece, Turkey and former colonial ruler Britain.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the talks collapsed because Greece and Greek Cypriots insisted Ankara pull all of its troops from the island and for military intervention rights to be abolished.

For Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side it is not acceptable for troops to be withdrawn, he told reporters.

Security arrangements for an envisioned federal Cyprus were the linchpin to a reunification deal.

The issue revolves around the more than 35,000 troops that Turkey has kept in the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when it invaded following a coup mounted by supporters of uniting Cyprus with Greece.

Greek Cypriots in the island’s internationally recognized south perceive the Turkish soldiers as a threat and want them to leave. The island’s minority Turkish Cypriots want them to stay as their protectors.

Other key disagreements were on how much territory would make up the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot federal zones.

Greek Cypriots sought for the town of Morphou to be returned to Greek Cypriot administrative control so a large number of displaced people could swiftly reclaim lost homes and property. Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots offered only part of the town.

Another key difference was Turkey’s insistence that a peace accord grant Turkish nationals the right to relocate and transfer money, services and goods to a reunified Cyprus. Greek Cypriots were reluctant to cede unregulated access to Turkish nationals over concerns that the small island of 1.1 million people would be overwhelmed economically and demographically.

Source: Voice of America

Russian opposition leader released

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ANKARARussian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was released from jail on Friday after completing a 25-day sentence, his spokeswoman said.Kira Yarmysh tweeted that Navalny had been released from a detention center at 9.00 a.m. local time (0600GMT).Naval…

Turkish, Indonesian companies ink 3 deals

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ANKARATurkey’s leading defense companies Aselsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI, also known as TUSAS) on Thursday signed a deal with Indonesian PT Dirgantara and PT Len to collaborate on defense products.The two companies signed a Memorandum of …

Turkey’s Opposition Leader on Long March for Justice

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On Day 20 of his “March for Justice” Kemal Kilicdaroglu still has a spring in his step. The 68-year-old leader of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) has often been criticized for being an ineffectual opposition party leader. Now, Kilicdaroglu is …

Turkey urges more help in its fight against terrorism

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ISTANBULTurkey hopes for more international support in the fight against terrorism, Turkey’s parliament speaker told a Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting in Istanbul.”Turkey is continuing its fight with the PKK,…

Egyptian Police Said to Detain Chinese Uighurs in Wide Sweep

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Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country’s sizeable Uighur student and expatriate community, activists said Thursday.Egyptian police have detained scores of Uighur …

France extends state of emergency to Nov. 1

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PARISFrance’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Thursday approved an extension of the state of emergency to Nov. 1, the date set by the French president to put it to an end.Parliament’s upper house, the Senate, on Tuesday also voted …

Erdogan to attend G20 summit in Germany

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ANKARAPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to attend the G20 summit that will take place later this week in Hamburg, Germany, according to a press release from the Presidency on Wednesday.The twelfth meeting will be held in Hamburg on July 7 and…

Turkish stocks clock up another record high

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ANKARA Turkey’s Borsa Istanbul 100 share index opened 88.50 points up on Wednesday to reach a record 101,296.29 points.The 0.09 percent rise on Tuesday’s close saw the Istanbul-based market reach its highest value since opening in 2012.The banking and …

Putin, Trump to meet in Germany

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MOSCOWRussian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump will meet on Friday in the German city of Hamburg, a Kremlin aide confirmed on Tuesday.Yuri Ushakov told reporters the first face-to-face meeting between the presidents wi…

Omani FM meets Kuwaiti emir amid ongoing Gulf crisis

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KUWAIT CITYKuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Tuesday held talks with Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi in Kuwait City.The meeting was also attended by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Foreign …

Xi: China, Russia ties at ‘best time in history’

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BEIJINGBeijing and Moscow are enjoying the best bilateral relations they have ever seen, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, according to state news agency Xinhua. His remarks came ahead of his two-day official visit to Moscow on Monday and Tu…

Turkish Cargo opens route to Nigeria’s Kano State

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ANKARAIstanbul-based Turkish Cargo, a division of national flag-carrier Turkish Airlines, will launch scheduled freighter flights to northern Nigeria’s Kano State, the company announced on Monday.The flights will be launched on July 4, the company said…

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