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Turkey re-arrests activists in Amnesty case involving German, Swedish citizens: group

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Turkey re-arrests activists in Amnesty case involving German, Swedish citizens: group

A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered six of the human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director Idil Eser, to be remanded in custody on charges of aiding a “terror” group. The four others were then released under judicial supervision. But an Istanbul court on Friday issued new arrest warrants for the four — Nalan Erkem, Seyhmus Ozbekli, Nejat […]

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Erdogan meets with Saudi King Salman as part of Qatar crisis mediation efforts

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Erdogan meets with Saudi King Salman as part of Qatar crisis mediation efforts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Jeddah as part of a two-day Gulf tour that will also see him visit Kuwait and Qatar. He arrived in Jeddah on Sunday where he was greeted by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, a key royal advisor. Erdogan said Saudi Arabia had “the greatest responsibility” […]

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Russia is no longer America’s ‘single’ biggest threat – top US general

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Russia is no longer America’s ‘single’ biggest threat – top US general

The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff no longer believes Russia can be “singled out” regarding Washington’s perceived national security threats. North Korea, Iran, and China also top the list of challenges. During confirmation hearings for his current post as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford described Russia as […]

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114 Somali Prisoners Released From Ethiopia Arrive in Mogadishu

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114 Somali Prisoners Released From Ethiopia Arrive in Mogadishu

More than 100 Somalis, recently released from Ethiopian detention facilities and handed over to the Somali government, arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday, government officials told VOA Somali. The 114 prisoners smiled and some of them kneeled as they got off the plane and kissed the soil. Parents and relatives waiting for them at the airport […]

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Germany’s tough stance on fraying relations with Turkey is “understandable,” not least given Ankara’s detention of human rights activists including German nationals, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn said in an interview published on Saturday. “I think we have shown great patience with Turkey. It seems not to appreciate that. The reaction of Germany is […]

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Seventeen IS female members killed, injured as missile shot west of Mosul

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Seventeen IS female members killed, injured as missile shot west of Mosul

Tal Afar (IraqiNews.com) Seventeen Islamic State female members were killed and injured as a missile was shot on a building, west of Mosul, a source from Nineveh province said on Saturday. “An unknown missile targeted a two-storey building, which was the headquarters of the IS al-Khansaa brigade, in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul,” the […]

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US congress reaches deal on Russia sanctions bill

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US congress reaches deal on Russia sanctions bill

A key section of the bill mandates a congressional review if Trump attempts to ease or end the sanctions against Moscow. Democrat Steny Hoyer said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes economic penalties against Iran and North Korea [File: Yuri Gripas/Reuters] US Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced on Saturday they […]

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Egypt’s Sisi opens biggest military base in Middle East and Africa

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Egypt’s Sisi opens biggest military base in Middle East and Africa

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi launched Mohammed Naguib military base in a huge ceremony in El Hammam city west of Alexandria on Saturday. Mohammed Naguib military base is the biggest in the Middle East and Africa, reported Egyptian media. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi underlined that the Arab participation in the inauguration ceremony of Mohammed Naguib […]

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Interpol fears ISIS trained 170+ bomb attackers for Europe – media

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Interpol fears ISIS trained 170+ bomb attackers for Europe – media

A list of dozens of suspected ISIS militants trained to deal with explosives and potentially aiming at terrorist attacks in Europe has been shared with EU intelligence by The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the Guardian reports. Interpol issued a list of 173 terrorists linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), who “may have manifested willingness to commit […]

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Donald Trump insists he has ‘complete power’ to pard

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Image copyrightEPA:Mr Trump referred to his “complete power to pardon” in a tweet US President Donald Trump has insisted he has the “complete power” to pardon people, amid reports he is considering presidential pardons for family members, aides and even himself. A Democratic Party spokesman has called the reports “extremely disturbing”. The US authorities are […]

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