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2016-02-14T14:30:20Z
Saudi Arabia says troop deployment in Syria up to US-led coalition
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that any move to deploy Saudi special forces into Syria will depend on a decision by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he expected...

2016-02-14T11:47:30Z
Putin, Obama discuss Syria on phone
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama discussed issues related to resolving the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement on Sunday. Both positively evaluated talks on Syria in Munich on Feb. 11-12 and supported effo...

2016-02-14T10:43:02Z
Greece says arrested 2 heavily armed British men arrested near Turkish border
Greek authorities have said that they arrested two heavily armed suspects near the border with Turkey. A high-ranking security official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on an ongoing...

2016-02-14T12:26:33Z
3 die, 2 injured when house collapses in Siirt
Three people died and two others were injured when a two-story house collapsed in a village in the southeastern province of Siirt on Sunday. According to media reports, the house in Ekmekçiler village was made out of mud brick. The injured were rush...

2016-02-14T10:38:20Z
Saudi Arabia confirms it sent aircraft to Turkey for ISIL fight
Saudi Arabia confirmed late on Saturday it sent aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's İncirlik air base for the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, adviser in the office of Saudi Ara...

2016-02-14T10:29:43Z
Turkish army shells YPG positions in Syria for second day
The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, killing two fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Turkey on Saturday demanded the powerful Syrian Kurdi...

2016-02-13T23:29:51Z
French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls rejected on Saturday the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the EU crisis over migration. Speaking to reporters ...

2016-02-13T20:20:00Z
Pakistanis should ignore Valentine’s Day, president urges
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged Pakistanis not to observe Valentine's Day, the romantic holiday that hardline Muslim clerics want banned but officials in the capital say they cannot suppress. The president criticised Valentine's Day, which falls ...

2016-02-13T20:00:25Z
Syrian troops capture village near northern city of Aleppo
Syrian government forces on Saturday captured another village near Aleppo, tightening the noose around rebel-held parts of the northern city, Syrian state TV and an opposition activist group said. State TV and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for...

2016-02-13T23:07:35Z
Turkish PM confirms strikes on Syrian Kurdish militia, demands it withdraw
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu confirmed on Saturday that Turkish forces had struck Kurdish YPG militia targets in northern Syria and demanded that the group withdraw from the area it has recently captured. "We will retaliate against every s...

2016-02-13T18:01:08Z
Turkey strikes Kurdish militia in Syria, demands it withdraw
Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu demanded that the group withdraw from the area in a move that further complicated the conflict across the NATO member's border. The sh...

2016-02-13T16:35:40Z
Opposition leader warns of catastrophe in event of Syria incursion
Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli warned on Saturday that a possible ground incursion in Syria in alliance with Saudi Arabia would lead to "unimaginably grave" consequences. Responding to remarks by Foreign Minister M...

2016-02-13T15:32:48Z
Lavrov says Syria ceasefire more likely to fail than succeed
Russia's foreign minister sounded a pessimistic note Saturday on chances of securing a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria within a week as planned, putting the chances at less than 50 percent. Appearing at a security conference in Munich a day after...

2016-02-13T17:15:33Z
’We have slid back to a new Cold War,’ Russia’s Medvedev says
Russia's prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea and new moves by the NATO alliance "only...

2016-02-13T14:18:51Z
Russia, facing widespread criticism, denies bombing civilians in Syria
France led international criticism of Russia on Saturday for bombing civilians in Syria, a charge Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected as major powers bickered openly just a day after they agreed a pause in combat in Syria. The differences...

2016-02-13T12:54:21Z
Syrian rebels say they received ground-to-ground missiles from Assad foes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies have sent rebels new supplies of ground-to-ground missiles to confront a Russian-backed offensive by the government near Aleppo, stepping up support in response to the attack, two rebel commanders sa...

2016-02-13T12:33:24Z
Turkey says ready to join anti-ISIL ground operation with Saudi Arabia in Syria
Turkey and Saudi Arabia support a ground operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said. In remarks published on Saturday, Çavuşoğlu also said that Riyadh is set t...

2016-02-13T11:24:20Z
Former justice minister slams trustee takeovers, ‘unprecedented’ pressure on judiciary
Hikmet Sami Türk, a jurist and renowned Turkish politician who served as a justice minister during the past decade, has denounced what he called “unprecedented” political pressure on the judiciary, saying judges and prosecutors have not been sub...

2016-02-12T22:01:20Z
Turkish minister says Russia targeting schools, hospitals in Syria
Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that Russia was targeting schools and hospitals as part of its bombing campaign in Syria. Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu put the blame squarely on Moscow for the wave of tens ...

2016-02-12T19:19:28Z
Assad says he sees risk of Saudi, Turkish intervention in Syria
Syrian President Bashar Assad has said he saw a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, key backers of the opposition, would intervene militarily in Syria. Speaking to AFP at his Damascus office on Friday, the embattled Syrian leader said a major Russian-...

2016-02-12T18:59:13Z
Saudi minister: ISIL can only be defeated if Assad goes
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants will only be defeated if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and this goal will ultimately be achieved, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia said on Friday. Speaking at a se...

2016-02-12T18:32:33Z
Erdoğan hosts Qatari emir to discuss military cooperation in Syria
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in İstanbul to discuss military cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Syria. Erdoğan hosted Al Thani at the Mabeyn Kiosk in İstanbul on Fr...

2016-02-12T15:56:05Z
Trustees seize control of schools in government-led move
A judge in İstanbul has ordered that trustees be appointed to 12 companies, including some private schools established by people sympathetic to the faith-based Gülen movement for allegedly being affiliated with Kaynak Holding. The trustees were app...

2016-02-12T13:23:36Z
Jailed police official denied medical care for three months, report says
Chief Police Inspector Ahmet Özdil, who suffers from kidney stones and had surgery in May 2015, is continuing to suffer maltreatment in prison as he has not been allowed to receive treatment for three months despite a doctor's report saying he has n...

2016-02-12T15:20:41Z
EU poised to restrict passport-free travel in Schengen area
European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule to impose controls at several borders for two more years because of the migration crisis, according to EU documents seen by The Associated Press. The s...

2016-02-12T15:06:34Z
Five-story building collapses in central İstanbul, no casualties reported
A five-story building collapsed in the Turkish city of İstanbul on Friday but it appears no one was trapped inside, according to local officials. The building collapsed in a small side street close to İstanbul's pedestrian İstiklal Avenue, a main ...

2016-02-12T14:58:24Z
Military: More than 600 terrorists killed in southeastern Cizre
More than 600 militants linked with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group have been killed in Cizre, a southeastern town where a security operation under way since mid-December was completed this week, the Turkish military said on Friday...

2016-02-12T13:40:00Z
Minister forced to leave labor union congress amid protests
Labor and Social Security Minister Süleyman Soylu was forced to leave a labor union congress on Friday after a group of demonstrators shouted anti-government slogans and booed the minister. Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and pro-Kurdi...

2016-02-12T12:34:28Z
Turkey says Syria ceasefire won’t hold if Russia does not stop airstrikes
If Russia does not end its strikes on Western-backed Syrian opposition forces, a cease-fire reached by major powers will not hold and humanitarian access will not be effectively secured, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday. ...

2016-02-12T12:20:02Z
Turkey says up to 40,000 people newly settled in camps
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has said up to 40,000 refugees have settled in camps on the Turkish border inside Syria in the latest wave of Syrian refugees, as Russian and Syrian regime forces pound the region, causing thousands to flee to ...

2016-02-12T11:20:07Z
Police officer dies from wounds 7 days after PKK attack
A police officer died on Friday after being wounded in an attack by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Cizre district of Şırnak on Feb. 5. The private Cihan news agency reported that Kemal Yılmaz (41) had been receiving treatment ...

2016-02-12T10:44:16Z
2 Syrian siblings die in fire in İstanbul
Two Syrian children from one family died in a fire in İstanbul's Zeytinburnu district early on Friday. The Doğan news agency reported that a fire from an electric heater broke out at around 4.30 a.m. in an apartment in which a Syrian family of six ...

2016-02-12T09:43:55Z
Major powers agree to plan for ’cessation of hostilities’ in Syria
Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing. Following a maratho...

2016-02-11T23:43:57Z
Russia raises spectre of permanent or "world war" if Syria talks fail
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the spectre of a permanent or a world war if powers failed to negotiate an end to the conflict in Syria and warned against any ground operations by US and Arab forces. Medvedev, speaking to Germany's Hand...

2016-02-11T23:37:58Z
France’s Hollande urges Russia to stop backing Assad
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on Russia to stop harming civilians in Syria and reiterated calls for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power. "I ask that the Russian actions stop because we have thousands of people displaced b...

2016-02-11T22:01:23Z
Syrian saved from tip of submerged boat unsure of future
A Syrian man saved in a dramatic rescue operation following a migrant boat accident says his goal was to reach Germany but now he is unsure of his future. Pelan Huseyin, 20, was rescued by a Turkish coast guard helicopter Monday as he clung to the ti...

2016-02-11T20:44:12Z
Greek Cypriot leader says peace talks make progress but work needed
Peace talks in ethnically split Cyprus have shown progress on several fronts, but disagreements persist and work is still needed before a blueprint might be put to a public vote, the Greek Cypriot leader said on Thursday. On-off peace talks between e...

2016-02-11T20:30:24Z
Turkey’s Internet watchdog blocks access to website broadcasting Gülen’s speeches
Turkey's state-controlled Internet watchdog, the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), has blocked access to herkul.org, a website that regularly broadcasts speeches by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. Turkish users could not access the web...

2016-02-11T20:07:20Z
At least 69 injured in train derailment in Egypt
At least 69 people were injured when a train derailed and two of its cars overturned as it was travelling north toward Cairo on Thursday, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said. Gamal el-Gohari was quoted by Egypt's state-run news agency as saying...

2016-02-11T19:25:48Z
Einstein’s gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone
Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. The researchers s...



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