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Turkey: Baghdadi nemesis of humanity, Islam, Turkey

ANKARA Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ringleader of Daesh, or ISIS, is one of the biggest enemies of humanity, Islam and Turkey, Ankara said on Sunday. "Turkey, being one of the most...

Iran closes border crossing with protest-hit Iraq

TEHRAN Iran on Wednesday closed the country's western border crossing with Iraq amid mass protests rocking several Iraqi provinces against corruption and unemployment, according to an Iranian official. The Mehran crossing...

Syrian Constitutional Committee in third day of talks

GENEVA The Syrian Constitutional Committee began the third day of talks Friday at the United Nations in Geneva with discussions on a constitutional roadmap. The committee started the third day's sessions...

Turkey arrests Daesh/ISIS terrorist sought by Interpol

ANKARA Turkish security forces arrested on Thursday a Daesh/ISIS terrorist sought by the Interpol's red notice, according to a security source. The suspect, known only by the initials F.B., was arrested...

Russia to apply Syrian law for Daesh/ISIS return

MOSCOW Moscow plans to apply Syrian legal procedures while addressing former Daesh/ISIS terror group fighters’ return to their countries of origins, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday. Maria Zakharova characterized...

Iraq: Strikes hit medics, not leaders: Hashd al-Shaabi

BAGHDAD Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), dismissed allegations Saturday airstrikes that allegedly killed military commanders on a convoy. Iraqi News Agency (INA) cited a statement by the Hashd al-Shaabi...

Iran’s coronavirus death toll nears 5,300

ANKARA With 88 new deaths reported in Iran, the death toll from the new coronavirus surged to 5,297, state media said on Tuesday. The Iranian state TV reported Kianoush Jahanpour, a...

Iraqi parliament to vote on new government May 6

BAGHDAD  Iraq’s parliament will sit on Wednesday to vote for the cabinet of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who is tasked with forming a new government.  The vote of confidence session for...

Low-profile Eid planned in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan Traditional festivities will be absent on Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan as Pakistanis prepare to celebrate the Muslim festival in low profile amid the coronavirus pandemic that...

Massive explosions reported in Beirut, Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon/ANKARA  A fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts, Lebanon's official news agency reported on Tuesday. A large number of people were...

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Ganja victims of Armenian army attacks shelter in dorm

GANJA, Azerbaijan  The residents of Ganja are taking shelter at the local state university's dormitory after Armenian army shelled the residential areas in the city.   In...

Azerbaijani, Turkish diplomats discuss Upper Karabakh

BAKU, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan and Turkey discussed the latest developments and exchanged views Wednesday about the situation on the ground regarding clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to...

US says Russia, Iran aim to influence November election

WASHINGTON  The US said Wednesday that Russia and Iran were attempting to influence the Nov. 3 presidential election, accusing the latter of sending "spoofed emails"...

France pays tribute to teacher beheaded by extremist

PARIS, France  France paid homage Wednesday to Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was decapitated last week by an extremist in a suburb of the...

Turkish police conduct major anti-terror op in Istanbul

ISTANBUL Turkish police raided 21 homes in Istanbul and arrested a number of people with suspected links to the Daesh/ISIS terror group, security sources said...