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‘Islamic world must stand against terror’

Terror is one of the prominent issues where Muslim countries should increase their unity and solidarity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “The Islamic world should take a stand against terror. It is a duty for all Muslims,” Cavusoglu said during an opening speech at the Organization of…

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Turkish Airlines collaborates with Plug and Play

Turkish Airlines has announced it will cooperate with Plug and Play, a platform that connects startups to corporations. Turkey’s flag carrier said in a statement: “As being an anchor member of Plug and Play’s Travel and Hospitality Acceleration Program, Turkish Airlines will help select the most promising startups working on…


Olympics chief confirms refugees to attend Rio Games

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach confirmed refugees would be able to participate in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.  “We will invite highly qualified athletes or refugees to form a team in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And they will then walk into the…


World welcomes Iran’s compliance on nuke deal

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday welcomed verification that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under a deal to restrict its nuclear program. In a statement, Ban said the announcement was evidence that “international proliferation concerns are best addressed through dialogue and patient diplomacy”. He added: “This is a significant…


‘Deeply dismayed’ by Saudi executions

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that he was “deeply dismayed” over the execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric, in Saudi Arabia. “Sheikh al-Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over the nature of the charges…


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…


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…


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”….


‘For Europe these days all roads lead to Ankara’ 

Europe and Turkey need each other, analysts say. ‘For Europe these days all roads lead to Ankara,’ claims expert. Turkey is needed by Europe in a range of fields from the Syrian civil war to relations with Russia, according to a respected foreign affairs analyst. Rem Korteweg, a senior research…