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Ankara Seeks to Open ‘New Page’ in Ties with Washington

Turkey announced on Tuesday that it would seek to open a new page in relations with the United States under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden in economic, political and security affairs. On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that Ankara hopes to reconcil


Russia Says it Thwarted ISIS Attacks in Moscow Region

Russia's Federal Security Service said on Wednesday it had thwarted "terror" attacks planned by ISIS in the Moscow region, uncovering and breaking up a militant cell, the RIA news agency said. Security officers detained one person and seized a home-made bomb, the FSB was quoted as saying.


Swiss Police Identify Stabbing Suspect as Militant

Police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store in the south of Switzerland on Tuesday as a known militant. Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspecte


Russia, Iran discuss 're-commitment' to nuclear deal

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, yesterday said their countries were committed "to ensuring the prompt return of all participants to fully observing obligations laid out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal." In a phone conversation, the of


Saudi Crown Prince, British PM Discuss Boosting Cooperation

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, held telephone talks on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Discussions focused on ways to boost cooperation between their countries. The premier also congratulated Crown Prince Mohammed on Saud


Thai police to deploy thousands for royal protest

Thai police will deploy nearly 6,000 officers on Wednesday for a demonstration at the office that manages the royal fortune by protesters demanding that King Maha Vajiralongkorn give up personal control of the assets. Police said on Tuesday that no protesters would be allowed within 150 metres (4


Britain, Germany, France, Italy threaten to punish those obstructing Libya deal

France, Germany and Britain hinted yesterday that they will impose sanctions on any party that obstructs the political agreement between the two parties to the Libyan conflict. In a joint statement, the four countries welcomed recent progress in the Libyan talks under the auspices of the United N


Israel, Lebanon talks on maritime borders stall

US-brokered Israeli-Lebanese talks on the countries 'maritime borders have reached a dead end due to conflicting positions. On Sunday, following the fallout of the talks, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Lebanese President Michel Aoun traded barbs, the paper said. The Israeli minister&


Turkey plays key role in fight against terrorism, NATO chief says

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that Turkey has played a key role in the fight against terrorism and particularly Daesh, in response to German lawmaker's claim that Turkey does not share the alliance's values. During the 66th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly


US Provides Philippines with Missiles to Help in Fight Against Militants

US President Donald Trump’s administration provided precision-guided missiles and other weapons to help the Philippines battle ISIS group-aligned militants and renewed a pledge to defend its treaty ally if it comes under attack in the disputed South China Sea. National Security Adviser Robe


Spain's Vaccination Plan to Kick off in January

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January. Sánchez said the vaccine will be administered at 13,000 locations across Spain and “a very substantial part of the population” can be vaccinated in the first half


UN: Over 40,000 Ethiopians Have Fled to Sudan

Over 40,000 Ethiopians have fled to neighboring Sudan as government forces pursue an offensive in the Tigray region, the UN's refugee agency said Monday. UNHCR said that as of Sunday, it and the Sudanese government had registered 40,277 people fleeing into Sudan, which is struggling to cope with


China Tests Millions Amid New Virus Flare-Ups

Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, large-scale measures are being enacted in the cities of Tianjin


Germany Proposes Establishing Global Treaty for Confronting Future Pandemics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supports the idea of a global treaty to combat future pandemics, expressing worry over that efforts to roll out an affordable coronavirus vaccine are moving along too slowly. “We will now speak with [global vaccine alliance group] GAVI about when the


Police in Belarus Detained 345 People at Protests on Sunday

Police in Belarus detained 345 people at nationwide anti-government protests on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday, with police using stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Opponents of President Alexander Luka


Pompeo, Saudi Crown Prince Hold Talks in Neom

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with US Secretary of State who arrived in Noem on Sunday. The two officials discussed bilateral relations, areas of cooperation and ways to enhance them. They also discussed regional and international developments. The meeting was also a


Ankara Says Washington Cannot Ignore Turkey Due to Geopolitical Reasons

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that his country and the US can do a lot together on the regional and international levels. This came as he addressed members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) via videoconference on Sunday. “We believe that a lot can be done at t


In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, said on Sunday there should be no return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald Trump. Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, has said he would rejoin the accord if Tehran




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