december 2015

Syria: More than 21,000 killed in 2015

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a Monday report that 1,793 people were killed in December. The group said that this year’s death toll now stands at 21,179 – 75 percent of whom were killed by the Assad regime. The London-based NGO documented 15,748 deaths by regime forces, including…


What are the origins of Daesh?

Daesh militant group arose from ashes of 2003 US-led invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi established Jamaat al-Tawhid wal-Jihad one year later to confront U.S. troops. After many transformations, that extremist group eventually became what is now known as Daesh. With the escalated…


Turkey to strengthen tourism amid Russia row

Turkey’s prime minister has revealed new measures for the tourism industry as tension between the country – a highly popular destination for Russian tourists – and Moscow remains high. Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks came at a press conference to start a major national and international publicity campaign – dubbed ‘Discover the…


Russian journalist slams Kremlin’s ‘bullying’ of Turkey

A prominent Russian journalist Yuliya Latynina has criticized the Kremlin’s “bullying” policy towards Turkey, it was reported Saturday. “There is only one reality about the recent jet crisis: that is we are guilty…What Russia is doing right now is not geopolitical but bullying,” Latynina said during a radio program in…


Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ re-printed in Germany

Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf will go on sale in Germany next week for the first time since the Second World War. The Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) has re-published an annotated critical edition of the Nazi leader’s political treatise, as the book’s 70-year copyright — which has been held…


Identiteit vraagstelling onbekende dode man

Op vrijdagavond 18 december 2015 werd op het spoor bij de Leidijk in Staphorst een tot nu toe onbekende man aangereden door een trein. Over de precieze toedracht tast de politie nog in het duister. De man is ongeveer 20 jaar oud, heeft een normaal postuur, kort bruin tot donkerblond…


Barcelona win 2015 FIFA Club World Cup

Barcelona have been crowned as the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup champions after the Spanish La Liga giants won against Argentine club River Plate 3-0 in the final match at International Stadium Yokohama in Japan on Sunday. The latest UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona met Copa Libertadores’ defending champions River…


CFO’s EU: Positief gestemd, maar verdeeld over vluchtelingencrisis

Europese CFO’s blijven optimistisch over de vooruitzichten van de economie en het eigen bedrijf. Ruim de helft zag de groei in bedrijfsproductiviteit versnellen. En hoewel er verdeeldheid is over het wel al dan niet toelaten van meer vluchtelingen, zijn er per saldo meer financieel directeuren die juist mogelijkheden zien in…


De eerste wereldwijde Quiet Hotel Awards 2015

Op 18 december zijn de Quiet Hotel Awards 2015 uitgereikt. Na een zorgvuldige beoordeling van meer dan 100 hotels die in het bezit zijn van een Quiet Room(r) label, zijn de volgende categorieën en hotels aangewezen als de winnaars van de eerste awards op het gebied van stille hotelkamers. Quiet…


US, Russia can make ‘significant difference’ on Syria

The U.S. and Russia could “make a significant difference” in the conflict in Syria by working together, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Kerry said the Vienna meetings to solve the Syrian war were “a strong beginning”….