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European parliament votes in favor of Turkish doner kabab

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Europe’s parliament voted with a very slight difference against banning phosphates used to make doner kababs.The bill trying to ban the phosphates needed at least 376 to pass, however it was turned down by a difference of only three votes. The votes came in at 373 against the ban, 272 for and 30 abstentions.The European Union's legislature was moving to ban the phosphates citing health concerns based on studies that linked phosphates to cardiovascular disease.Doner kabab vendors had been ...

US National Security Advisor: Qatar main sponsor of extremist ideologies

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

US national security adviser HR McMaster accused Turkey and Qatar of funding extremist ideologies during a panel held at a think tank in Washington on December 12, 2017. McMaster condemned Qatar and Turkey for taking on a “new role” as the prime sponsors and sources of funding for extremist Islamist ideology that targets Western interests, according to The National.“Radical Islamist ideology is obviously a grave threat to all civilized people,” McMaster said.He added that ...

Turkey demands life sentences for journalists in coup bid trial

Monday, 11 December 2017

Turkish prosecutors have demanded life sentences for three veteran Turkish journalists on trial over accusations of links to the 2016 failed coup, in a case that has raised new concerns for freedom of speech in the country.The brothers Ahmet and Mehmet Altan and prominent commentator Nazli Ilicak are charged with violating the Turkish constitution in the trial, which began in June at the Istanbul criminal court.They are accused of links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says ...

ICC won’t prosecute Israel over deadly Flotilla raid

Friday, 1 December 2017

The International Criminal Court will not prosecute Israel over the deadly raid on a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid toward Gaza in May 2010, it was announced Thursday.“I have ultimately decided to reaffirm my previous decision of November 6, 2014,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement, referring to when she ruled the incident was “not of sufficient gravity”. However, sticking to that same judgement Bensouda said: “My conclusion remains that there is ...

Turkey issues warrants for 360 people amid ‘Gulen army unit’ probe

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 360 people in an operation targeting supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen within the army, broadcaster CNN Turk and other media reported on Wednesday. They said the operation was focused on Istanbul and that 343 of those facing arrest were soldiers. Ankara accuses Gulen and his network of orchestrating an attempted coup last year. Gulen denies the charge. 

Greek police raids find explosives, 9 held over links to banned Turkish group

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens on Tuesday and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week. Eight men and a woman thought to hold Turkish citizenship were being detained after morning raids at three different addresses in central Athens. Earlier, police officials told Reuters the individuals were being quizzed for alleged links to the ...

Erdogan: We are ‘on same wavelength’ with the US in latest talks

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump last Friday were the first occasion in a long time the two NATO allies were "on the same wavelength" and the communication would continue in the coming days. In a speech to deputies from his ruling AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said discussions would continue on the issues of Syrian Kurdish forces, defense industry cooperation and the fight against the network of a US-based cleric whom Ankara ...

Gulen ‘money man’ back in Turkey from Sudan

Monday, 27 November 2017

Turkish spies working in Sudan have repatriated a businessman accused of links to wanted Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen after he was caught in a joint operation, state media reported Monday. Memduh Cikmaz is accused of giving millions to the movement run by US-based Gulen, who Ankara claims ordered the July 15, 2016 attempt to end President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule. Cikmaz was captured in a joint operation involving Sudanese intelligence after the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation ...

UAE minister warns against ‘Iranian or Turkish solution’ to Syrian conflict

Monday, 27 November 2017

The UAE’S Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday through his Twitter account that a solution to the Syrian conflict “cannot be Iranian or Turkish,” urging a stronger Arab role to the crisis. Gargash also said that a political solution in Syria is the only means to this intense blood bath. “However, with all realness, it cannot be an Iranian and Turkish solution.” The foreign minister continued to say that it is unfortunate that the ...

Turkey says US will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said US President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to People's Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurdish fighters. Cavusoglu said on Friday that Trump relayed his decision during a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. Cavusoglu said he was present in Erdogan's office during the telephone call. Turkey considers the YPG to be terrorists because of their affiliation to ...

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