Friday, February 12, 2016
Greek farmers clash with police in pensions protest
Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens as thousands headed to the capital for a two-day protest against... More
Direct investment in Turkey increases 32 pct in 2015
Direct international investment in Turkey increased 32 percent in 2015, amounting to $16.6 billion, according to an annoucement released by the Prime Ministry Investment Support... More
Experts locate final missing black box that could uncover cause of German train crash
Experts have located the third and final missing black box from the two commuter trains that collided head on this week in southern Germany, police said Friday.
The data... More
- Syrian Crisis
Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters... More
Baby gets confused seeing father's identical twin for the first time
A Youtube video showing a father and his twin brother pranking his baby gone viral on social media. The footage shows the baby, named Reed, getting confused when his father... More
Russia's top car maker facing bankruptcy
Russia's top automaker AvtoVaz, controlled by Renault-Nissan, on Friday asked shareholders to help save it from bankruptcy as losses in 2015 tripled from the year before.
Two Syrian children die in Istanbul house fire
Two Syrian children have lost their lives in an Istanbul house fire.
The pair died early Friday after a blaze broke out in their apartment building in the city's Zeytinburnu... More
- Asia Pacific
China supports UN action make N. Korea pay the price
China will back a wide-ranging U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea "pay the necessary price" for its recent rocket launch, its foreign minister told Reuters... More
'Diplomacy necessary to prevent new refugee waves'
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan warned that the failure to carry out diplomatic efforts with Russia and Syria would have consequences for Europe.
Speaking to reporters... More
South Sudan president appoints rival leader his deputy
A presidential spokesman in South Sudan says the president has appointed his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as first vice president in a unity government.
Ateny Wek Ateny... More
- Syrian Crisis
'Potential YPG, Syrian opposition clash concerns US'
A potential clash between the YPG, the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and the United States-backed moderate opposition forces is a concern for the U.S., a... More
The Godfather author Puzo's archive for sale
Make them an offer they can't refuse and a massive collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be yours.
The 45-box archive, including multiple drafts... More
'Turkey, Iran to continue to enhance dialogue'
Turkey and Iran have agreed to continue "enhancing dialogue" a Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Ümit Yalçın's remarks came after talks with Iran's... More
- Asia Pacific
S. Korea says North responsible for what happens next
The future of Seoul-Pyongyang ties looked increasingly bleak Friday, as South Korean officials were left to guess what will become of a shared industrial facility situated... More
Gunmen attack on UN base in north Mali kills several, injures many others
At least three UN soldiers were killed and 30 others injured Friday after a militant group fired rockets at a UN peacekeepers camp in Kidal, northern Mali, Olivier Salgado,... More
Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland, citing family issues, disappointment with life
Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment... More
Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch hold historic meeting in Havana
Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, have met in Cuba in a major advance towards healing a 1,000-year-old rift between Roman Catholics...
Five UN peacekeepers killed by truck bomb, mortar fire in Mali
Five U.N. peacekeepers were killed when their base in northern Mali was hit by mortars, gunfire and a truck bomb on Friday, an attack that a local separatist group blamed...
Turkish restaurants preparing for salt ban
As Turkey tries to lower daily salt consumption, thousands of restaurants could be preparing to remove the much-maligned condiment from their tables.
An industry source...
Parliament commission adjusts meeting hours for Christian MP
The Parliament's Planning and Budget Commission regulated the meeting hours on Sundays to allow the first Christian deputy to perform his religious duties.
Upon the request...
Excessive force used by Israel against Palestinians, UN rights expert says
The U.N. human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank called on Israel on Thursday to investigate excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Palestinians...
'Russia must cease strikes in Syria to allow for ceasefire'
If Russia does not end its strikes on Western-backed Syrian opposition forces, a ceasefire reached by major powers will not hold and humanitarian access will not be effectively...
UK's Independent to cease print edition
The Independent, one of Britain's most prominent national newspapers, has announced it will stop producing a print edition from the end of March.
The daily's owner, Evgeny...
500 euro banknote 'a security risk' or not: ECB to decide soon
The European Central Bank will take a decision soon on whether to keep printing 500-euro banknotes, with the arguments for doing so becoming "less and less convincing", a...
George Clooney discusses refugee crisis with Merkel
Hollywood star and political activist George Clooney and his wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the refugee crisis.
2 students killed in double shooting at Arizona high school
Two female students were shot and killed at a high school in a Phoenix suburb on Friday, sending the school into lockdown, but there was no ongoing threat to the campus or...
Diplomats agree to Syria cease-fire in a week
In an international meeting in Munich to find a way to end the five-year Syrian civil war, Washington and Moscow agreed to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria and to immediately expand delivery of humanitarian aid
FIFA bans ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke for 12 years
Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.