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Erdoğan set to visit Iran for KRG referendum and Astana talks

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Erdoğan set to visit Iran for KRG referendum and Astana talks

AA Photo President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that he will travel to Iran on October 4 to discuss the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum and Astana talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Speaking at the Turkish Parliament’s legislative year reception, the Turkish president said the roadmap that […]

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Austria claims new burqa ban promotes ‘acceptance and respect of Austrian values’

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Austria claims new burqa ban promotes ‘acceptance and respect of Austrian values’

File image of a woman wearing a niqab on a street in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: AFP New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings. Exemptions “under certain conditions” include items like clown disguises “at cultural events”, […]

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France opens anti-terror probe into Marseille knife attack

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France opens anti-terror probe into Marseille knife attack

Officers patrol Marseille’s main train station after a knife attack. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP A suspected Islamist knifeman killed at least two people at the main train station in the French Mediterranean port city of Marseille on Sunday before being shot and killed by soldiers patrolling there, local officials and police said. “Two victims have been […]

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Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum

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Clashes at polling stations as Catalonia holds independence referendum

Spanish police clear the entrance of a polling station in Barcelona. Photo: AFP Clashes broke out at polling stations across the northeastern region as police attempted to seize ballot boxes and prevent the ‘illegal’ vote on independence. Voting is going ahead across Catalonia today Riot police charged crowds of people at polling stations in Barcelona […]

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Germany celebrates first gay marriages

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Germany celebrates first gay marriages

Germany is the 15th European nation to legalise gay marriage. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP Germany celebrates its first gay marriages on Sunday as same-sex unions become legal after decades of struggle, but campaigners say the battle for equal rights isn’t over yet. Wedding bells will ring out in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and other German cities where […]

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Gothenburg neo-Nazi demonstration ends after hours of unrest

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Gothenburg neo-Nazi demonstration ends after hours of unrest

Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT A neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) demonstration in central Gothenburg has ended, two hours after police permission for the march expired. The neo-Nazi group was forced to bring its march through Gothenburg to a premature end but has reportedly threatened new demonstrations – possibly without police permission. A huge effort by […]

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Iranian, Iraqi government forces to hold joint border drills

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Iranian, Iraqi government forces to hold joint border drills

Iranian and Iraqi central government forces are to hold joint military exercises near their borders, Iran’s state television reported on Saturday, as part of Tehran’s effort to support Baghdad after the Kurdish independence referendum on Monday. In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, a Turkish army tank moves, in Silopi, near the Habur border […]

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Spectre of N. Korean atmospheric nuclear test prompts emergency plans in Seoul & Tokyo

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Spectre of N. Korean atmospheric nuclear test prompts emergency plans in Seoul & Tokyo

FILE PHOTO © Reuters South Korean banks and utility companies are drawing up plans to construct shielding and potentially move operations overseas to protect against North Korea as further provocation from Pyongyang is expected on October 10. South Korean banks and vital infrastructure facilities, including nuclear power plants and government ministries, have reportedly been hacked by Pyongyang […]

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Spain heads for showdown over Catalan independence referendum

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Spain heads for showdown over Catalan independence referendum

Photos: AFP Spain is on tenterhooks as the crisis between Catalan separatist leaders and the central government reaches fever-pitch ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid on Sunday. The showdown is one of Spain’s biggest political crises since the end of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco four decades ago and it has Catalonia deeply […]

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‘Not invaluable, but worthless’: Moscow laughs off UK claims of ‘major’ contribution to ISIS defeat

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‘Not invaluable, but worthless’: Moscow laughs off UK claims of ‘major’ contribution to ISIS defeat

FILE PHOTO: Servicemen stand near a British Tornado jet preparing to takeoff at the RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus © Reuters  The Russian Ministry of Defense has issued a scathing rebuke to a claim by UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon that Britain has made a “major contribution” to “crippling” Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. “As […]

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