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Turkish, US defense ministers discuss Syria

BRUSSELS Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Friday discussed latest developments in Syria. Akar and Esper exchanged views on Turkey's anti-terror operation in northeastern...

Turkey holds 120 km on N.Syria border east of Euphrates

ANKARA  Turkey controls an area in northern Syria the length of 120 kilometers (74.56 miles) east of the Euphrates River along the border between the two countries, the Turkish vice...

UN: Nearly 83,000 refugees enter Europe in 2019

ANKARA A total of 82,978 irregular migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea in the first 10 months of 2019, the UN migration agency said on Friday. According to a report...

NBA: Cavaliers extend Osman's contract for more 4 years

ANKARA Turkish national basketball player Cedi Osman and Cleveland Cavaliers reached an agreement for a four-year contract extension, an NBA insider has said. "Cedi Osman has agreed to a four-year, $31...

Botswana’s ruling party BDP wins general election

JOHANNESBURG  Mokgweetsi Masisi, 58, has been declared president-elect after his ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secured 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote. Botswana’s Chief Justice Terence Rannowane, who...

Russia shifts 300 Chechen military policemen to Syria

MOSCOW Russia shifted 300 military policemen from Chechnya to Syria, the country's Defense Ministry said on Friday. "About 300 servicemen of the military police unit of the armed forces of the...

2 protesters killed, dozens injured in Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD, Iraq At least two people were killed and dozens injured in protests which erupted Friday near Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, according to a medical source. An Iraqi security source who asked not...

Mauritius, Rwanda easiest places for business in Africa

KIGALI, Rwanda Mauritius, Rwanda and Morocco were ranked as top easiest economies to do business in Africa, according to the 2020 Doing Business report released by the World Bank on...

Zambian president pardons 283 prisoners

ANKARA  Zambian President Edgar Lungu has pardoned 283 prisoners to mark 55 years of the country's independence, a government official announced late Thursday. Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo said 245 are...

US to reinforce position in Syria to protect oil fields

WASHINGTON  The U.S. will reinforce its position in Syria to protect oil fields from being retaken by the Daesh terror group, a defense official said Thursday.  Speaking on condition of anonymity,...

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Prince Andrew demands trial by jury in US civil sex abuse lawsuit

LONDON  Prince Andrew has demanded a trial by jury to clear his name against sexual abuse allegations, a legal document has shown according to British...

Heidelberg shooter had previous links to neo-Nazi party: German media

BERLIN  A teenage gunman who killed a fellow student and wounded three others at Heidelberg University in Germany before committing suicide had previous ties to...

Turkiye welcomes OECD decision to open accession discussions with 6 countries

ISTANBUL Turkiye on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to open accession discussions with six candidate countries.  “We welcome...

Study highlights prevalence of antisemitism in France

ANKARA  A study on antisemitism in France has found that a vast majority of the Jewish community has been subjected to some form of “anti-Semitic...

Canada to send more troops to Ukraine in bid to deter war

TRENTON, Canada Canada will send more troops to Ukraine along with defensive weapons to help thwart a Russian invasion of the country, Prime Minister Justin...