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US delegation arrives in Ankara to discuss visa crisis

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US State Department officials arrived in Ankara, Monday, to discuss the visa suspension crisis with their Turkish counterparts. The US delegation, headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, will meet with the Turkish Deputy Undersecretary Ahmet Muhtar Gün on Tuesday. Cohen told Anadolu that “I am not the decision maker in this regard”. On 8 October, the US Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of all visa services at its headquarters and American consulates in Turkey “with the exception for immigrants”. Read More: Turkey to pursue EU accession process: Deputy PM In response, the Turkish embassy in Washington has immediately suspended visa applications for US citizens at its headquarters and all Turkish consulates in the […]

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UN: 13,000 Sudanese refugees return to Darfur

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Some 13,000 Sudanese refugees have returned to Sirba and Kulbus localities in Sudan’s state of West Darfur, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today. OCHA added that a joint inter-agency mission, including representatives from the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), UN agencies, international and national NGOs, UNAMID and Sudanese security, have visited  the refugees areas “to inspect the returnees areas and identify their humanitarian needs.” “The mission found that the nomads, residents and return communities in the return areas live together peacefully as there are functioning farms and crop protection committees that mediate and resolve disputes over farmlands’” the agency said. The villages of Korni and Kalbeen village in West Darfur, the agency noted, […]

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40 Somalis injured in truck bombing airlifted to Turkey

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Up to 40 Somalis, who got critically injured in Saturday’s truck bombing in capital Mogadishu were airlifted to Turkey for medical treatment on Monday. “The plane has now taken 40 injured and will return to take other injured,” Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed told a news conference. The blast at a busy road junction, blamed on al-Shabaab, killed 276 people and wounded more than 300 others on Saturday. Ahmed thanked the Turkish government for “its noble humanitarian position in helping Somalia in these critical circumstances”. Earlier, Turkey’s Health Minister Ahmet Demircan arrived in the Somali capital to oversee Turkish assistance accompanied by 33 staff, including a medical team specializing in emergency services, the Turkish Embassy said in a statement. The […]

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‘Egypt considers Turkey a bigger threat than Iran’

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Egyptian Ambassador to Washington Yasser Reda said Cairo believes Turkey is more dangerous than the Iran; a leaked telegram published the Twitter account of anonymous social media activist Nafez Nafez revealed. Speaking during a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Reda spoke of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a very negative way saying that the problem with Ankara is that the Arab countries have different positions on it. Turkey has refused to maintain diplomatic ties with Egypt since the military coup which ousted the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Reda went on to say that Jordan and Egypt have been successful in their fight against terrorism, both Daesh and other groups, while Saudi Arabia has not […]

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Israel issues 40 administrative detention issues in 10 days

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Israeli occupation authorities have issued 40 administrative detention orders against Palestinian prisoners in the first 10 days of October, Quds Press reported today. The Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) said in a statement that the Israeli occupation authorities issued 16 new administrative detention orders and renewed 24 others. It said that the 40 administrative detentions ranged between three to six months, noting that some of those who had their detention orders renewed spent years under administrative detention inside the occupation’s jails. “Israel is using the administrative detention to deter the Palestinian resistance,” the PPC said. Israel keeps the reason these prisoners are detained as a “secret”. Read: Palestinian child narrates horrifying experience of 10-hour detention by Israeli forces NGO Military Court Watch […]

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Morocco: Law amended to allow Benkirane to run for third term

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Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) yesterday amended its internal law allowing the party’s Secretary-General, Abdellah Benkirane, to run for a third term as party leader. “twenty-two members of the committee voted in favour of the amendment of Article 16 of the party’s internal law while ten members rejected the amendment,” a member of the party’s administration and legal affairs committee told the Anadolu Agency. The committee member, who preferred not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said: “The committee members have debated a lot on the issue.” Article 16 of the Party’s Rules of Procedure limits the mandate of the secretary-general to two terms. Read: Morocco’s Benkirane calls on party to move […]

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Senior Iranian military leader killed in Syria

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Iranian General Abdullah Khesrawi, the chief of Al-Fatahin Brigade in the Revolutionary Guards, was killed in Syria, Arabi21 reported Iranian mass media saying yesterday. According to the Iranian news website Jame Jam, Khesrawi was one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Guards in the Iranian city of Arak. He was dispatched to Syria to take part in the war. Al-Fatahin Brigades are considered the most important among the Iranian forces taking part in the Syrian war. Its leaders are those who took part in the Iranian-Iraqi war in the 1980s. According to Iranian reporter Hussein Shamshad, Shia cleric Ahmed Qanbari was also killed in Syria. Read: There is no place for Iran in Syria

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Algeria: Death sentence for Mokhtar Belmokhtar

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Algeria yesterday sentenced Mokhtar Belmokhtar, known as “Belaawer” (the One-Eyed), to death in absentia after finding him guilty of forming and leading a terrorist organisation and in possessing of, trading in and marketing weapons and ammunition. The Criminal Court of Oran found Belmokhtar guilty of setting up Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Mokhtar Belmokhtar was tried in 2012 and sentenced to death by the Criminal Court in Oran, along with nine members of a terrorist group; four of them absconded, including Belmokhtar. Three of his accomplices were sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in absentia. Read: 63 terrorists killed in Algeria this year Five others, all of them from the state of Oran, were sentenced to eight years of imprisonment, while […]

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Poll: 58% of Israel students plan to emigrate

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More than half of the Israeli Jewish university students are considering leaving Israel in search of a better life abroad, a poll published in the Maariv newspaper revealed yesterday. Some 34 per cent of the Jewish students who were polled would move to Europe if they had work opportunities, while 24 per cent stressed they would leave the country even if they had yet to obtain a job. The poll, which was conducted by Jawwal, showed that 20 per cent of students between 20-24 years old believe emigration is a positive step, compared to 24 per cent of 25-29-year-olds and 31 per cent of those over 30. According to the poll, 66 per cent of the female Jewish students are […]

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Iraq warns Kurdistan of involving PKK in Kirkuk dispute

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi yesterday warned Kurdish leaders of involving militant’s from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the ongoing dispute over the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The country’s National Security Council views the presence of fighters which are not linked to the government forces as a declaration of war, Al-Abadi said in a statement. He reiterated Baghdad’s position that the federal and local forces under the leadership of the federal authority will manage the affairs of disputed areas. Meanwhile, the Kurdistan regional government denied the claims that PKK militants have joined the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk. Read: Iraq eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region Tensions between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army have escalated in recent […]

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