Friday, February 12, 2016
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
- Asia Pacific
2 Australian teens charged with killing 9 penguins
Two Australian teens were charged with slaughtering nine penguins on Tasmania's northern coast, police said Friday.
Penguins are a protected species in Australia. The... More
- Syrian Crisis
Hollande calls on Russia to stop helping Assad massacring Syrians
French President Francois Hollande called Thursday for Russia to halt its military action in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"We need to ensure that Bashar... More
'Turkey could open gates to Europe for refugees'
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said that Turkey will be patient up to a point over the crisis in Syria and could be forced to take action if necessary. Erdoğan... More
Refugee crisis not only Turkey’s problem: EU minister
Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkır said Thursday the Syrian refugee crisis was not only a problem concerning only Turkey or other countries neighboring Syria,... More
Titanic II: Replica of doomed ship to set sail in 2018
An exact replica of the Titanic will set sail in 2018 and recreate the trans-Atlantic crossing of the original - without its doomed fate, hopefully.
The ship is expected... More
Terrorism causes $34 mln damage to Turkey's schools
Turkey spent 100 million lira ($34.2 million) on repairs to schools hit in terrorist attacks last year, Education Minister Nabi Avci said Thursday.
In a presentation to... More
US underlines support for ally Turkey after PYD row
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has underlined his country's support for Turkey as an ally despite a recent row over the United States' stance on the terrorist organization... More
US stock market closes with losses
It was another down day for U.S markets Thursday.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost almost 2 percent to end the day at 15.660 points.
The Nasdaq lost less than 1... More
Activists meet in Istanbul to mark Yemeni revolution
Prominent Arab activists met in Istanbul on Thursday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Yemen's revolution, as a brutal conflict continues to rage in the Middle Eastern... More
PYD leader: Turkey drawn in Syria my biggest worry
The Syrian PKK affiliate Democratic Union Party's (PYD) statements and actions continue to contradict each other as the group seeks to advance toward moderate opposition-held... More
- Kurdish Issue
Operations in Cizre over, interior minister says
Interior Minister Efkan Ala announced on Thursday that counterterror operations in Şırnak's Cizre district have ended.
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Ala said that... More
Trial over Aylan Kurdi’s death opens in Turkish court
Two suspected smugglers from Syria appeared before a Turkish court on Thursday for a trial that may bring closure for Abdullah Kurdi, the father of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi,... More
'Pink taxis' to hit the streets in central Turkey
A taxicab stand in central Turkey was given the green light to introduce "pink taxis" in the city which would be driven by women and only be available to families and female... More
- Syrian Crisis
NATO 'may' join anti-Daesh coalition: US Defense
NATO is considering joining the U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh extremists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.
"Thanks to the leadership... More
NATO chief employs new measures against Russian threats toward Turkey
NATO Chief Stoltenberg said Turkey's defense will be strengthened by taking new measures against threats coming from Russia, after Moscow's violation of Turkish airspace several times since entering Syria to bolster the Assad regime, its staunch ally More
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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'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...
'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...
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...
'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...
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...
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,...