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‘Turkey to intervene if Iraq’s sovereignty threatened’

Turkey has the right to intervene if Iraq’s territorial integrity is disrupted, a senior opposition lawmaker has told Anadolu Agency. Mehmet Gunal, deputy chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said this was in accordance with the 1926 Treaty of Ankara. The treaty was signed between Turkey, the U.K. and Iraq to define the settlement of the frontier between Turkey and Iraq. Turkey signed the agreement on the condition that Iraq’s territorial integrity is protected. Gunal said a planned referendum on the independence of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region was against international law. He said Turkey should show the same determination in northern Iraq that it did during Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria. “We should do the same thing for […]


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Syrian refugee achieves his dream of becoming a doctor

Ten years, four countries, four medical schools and 21 houses later Tirej Brimo, a refugee who fled the Syrian war, is finally a doctor. Having been just 10 months away from graduating with a medical degree at a university in Aleppo, Brimo was forced to flee his homeland in 2012 due to the war, crisscrossing the MiddleEast before arriving in Britain in 2013. Last week, he graduated from St George’s University of London – after having been turned away by several medical schools – and is now embarking on his career as a junior doctor in the National Health Service in the north of England. Brimo expressed his joy with a Facebook post that he said went viral, being shared over a […]



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US appeals court throws out murder conviction of ex-Blackwater guard

A US federal appeals court on Friday threw out the murder conviction of an ex-Blackwater security guard and ordered three of his former colleagues to be re-sentenced in the high-profile prosecution stemming from the massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered a new trial after tossing out the murder conviction of former security contractor Nicholas Slatten. The court said Slatten should have had a separate trial instead of being tried alongside his former colleagues. At a new trial, Slatten would be able to introduce evidence that he did not fire the first shot. Separately, the court said Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan […]


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Turkey, Qatar, Iran to discuss land trade routes

Ankara, Doha and Tehran will discuss land trade routes on the sidelines of the oath-taking ceremony of Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Friday. “We’re thinking about alternatives for land trade routes with Qatar but the easiest way is passing through Iran,” Zeybekci told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview. In early June, a handful of Arab states — led by Saudi Arabia — abruptly severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the tiny Gulf country, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups. The Qatari government has denied the accusation, blasting the blockade as unjustified and a violation of international law. “We want to meet all of Qatar’s needs. We want all good providers in Turkey […]


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‘Fuck it, wipe out Gaza’, says spokesperson for EU campaign

The EU has hired an Israeli who advocates Gaza be “wiped out” to improve EU-Israel relations, Electronic Intifada reported. Avishai Ivri appears in a promotional campaign in which he outlines the European Union’s benefits for Israel, declaring it “the best neighbours we have”. However, in tweets published during Israel’s November 2012 attack on the Gaza Strip, Ivri wrote: “Here’s a strategy that hasn’t been tried out yet: 1,000 Arabs killed for each one of our people killed. I think they owe us 5,000 from last week.” A previous tweet during the same attack he urged: “Fuck it, wipe out Gaza.” אוקיי פאק איט תמחקו את עזה #תלאביבי — Avishai Ivri (@ivri99) November 15, 2012 He has also advocated for Israel […]


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Turkey declares Jerusalem Youth Capital of 2018

A ceremony was held in Istanbul yesterday to sign a protocol declaring Jerusalem as the Youth Capital of 2018. The protocol was signed between the head of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, Elshad Isgandarov, and the President of the Palestinian Football Association,  Jibril Rajoub. In the signing ceremony Isgandarov said that the main goal of declaring Jerusalem the Youth Capital of 2018 is to attract the youth from across the world to Jerusalem in order to defend the city’s Muslim sanctities. Isgandarov explained that Jerusalem was chosen as the youth capital after careful evaluation and that the Israeli violations against the Palestinian people in recent times contributed to choosing Jerusalem over other cities. Our main objective […]


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Saudi thwarts 2 Houthi attacks on its border

The Saudi-Yemeni border strip witnessed violent clashes yesterday between Houthi militias and Saudi forces, with the Kingdom’s fighters thwarting two attacks near ‘Asir and Al-Khubah in Jizan. Over the past two weeks, there has been an increase in the frequency of clashes between the two sides in the border area. Saudi media outlets reported that the Arab coalition’s Apache helicopters participated in yesterday’s clashes. According to Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya news channel, the Kingdom’s army foiled an attack the Houthis were on the verge of carrying out against military surveillance points in Jizan, located on the border with Yemen. Read: Houthi’s ballistic missile attacks on Saudi should not be ignored The news channel also quoted military sources saying that Saudi forces […]


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Egypt jails policemen for 3 years following protest

An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced 50 policemen to three years in prison each after they organised a strike in the South Sinai region. The low ranking officers were protesting against a change in their annual leave that would see them work five extra days, with five fewer days leave, according to ABC News. The policemen were arrested in January and were also charged with inciting violence and intimidating security forces. Forty of the officers were fired, in addition to being fined 6,000 Egyptian pounds ($330). Read: Judge caught receiving bribe says Egypt Egyptian police face a heightened risk of attack, as the country battles Daesh militants in the Sinai Peninsula. Since the ousting of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, the […]