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Russia approved, Turkey attacked Afrin with 69 jets

The invading Turkish army launched an airstrike on Afrin at around 16:00 Saturday afternoon. The bombardment targeted Afrin city centre as well as …

Syria

'We will tear them down': Turkey launches attack on US-backed Kurds in northern Syria

The Turkish army, supported by Syrian rebels, has launched an attack on the Syrian city of Afrin, held by US-supported Kurdish militia, opening yet …

Syria

What happened in the Afrin, Shehba region yesterday?

After the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled the attack to invade Afrin, the mobility that started in the region left a week behind. While the …

Syria

Russian soldiers with YPG in Afrin

YPG

Ankara might be awaiting Russian OK for Afrin operation

Although Turkey keeps signaling an imminent operation against Afrin in northern Syria, it appears Moscow hasn’t yet given the green light.

Syria

North and South Korea to march under same flag at Olympics

North and South Korea have been talking since last week - for the first time in more than two years - about the Olympics, offering a respite from a …

North Korea

US military: No 'support' for Kurdish YPG in Afrin

US-led coalition forces don't operate in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin after Turkey vows attack, news report says.<p>Syrian Kurdish fighters previously armed by the United States are no longer part of the battle against ISIL and the US-led coalition doesn't support them, a US military official said …

YPG

Is Trump 'playing with fire' by backing Kurds in Syria?

Turkey says it is threatened by a new US-trained army of 30,000 mainly Kurdish soldiers on its border.<p>US support for Kurds in Syria is leading to threats of retaliation from Turkey.<p>A coalition of countries led by the US is planning a 30,000-strong force in Syria, just across the border with …

Syria

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Turkey will destroy US-backed Syria 'terror army': Erdogan

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to destroy a planned US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, …

Syria

Importance of Afrin and why the Turkish state wants to attack it

Turkey lies to the north and west of Afrin, to the east are Turkish-backed groups and to the south the <i>Nusra Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham).</i><p>Oil and food …

Syria

Time To Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

The egregious violation of freedom of the press in Turkey has reached a mammoth proportion that places Turkey among the most oppressive nations for journalists. It is sadder than sad that the U.S. and the EU, who champion free press as one of the main pillars of democracy, have largely left …

Turkey

Turkey plans assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

President Erdoğan urges US to support operation against Afrin enclave, which is intended to ‘purge terror’ from border<p>Turkey’s president has said the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria “in the coming days” and urged the US to support its efforts.<p>Recep …

Syria

'Don't let Nazis govern': Austrians demonstrate against far-right coalition

Marchers descended on a central district housing several ministries to make known the views of a protesters' "New Year welcome committee" for the …

Sebastian Kurz

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Who is protesting in Tunisia and why?

Most taking to the streets are students and the unemployed angry at price and tax rises – and protests are likely to intensify<p>Who is protesting?<p>Tunisians from different backgrounds are taking to the streets, though most are young. They include large numbers of students and the unemployed, many in …

Tunisia

Hundreds arrested in Tunisia as violent protests spread

Army deployed and more than 300 people arrested as demonstrations against price and tax hikes erupt in several cities<p>More than 300 protesters have been arrested and the army deployed in several Tunisian cities after violent demonstrations over prices, taxes and unemployment swept the country.<p>In …

Africa

Greece strikes cause transport chaos and healthcare delays

Police fire teargas as demonstrators protest against planned changes to industrial action law demanded by creditors<p>Strikes in Greece have caused transport chaos and slowed hospital care and shipping as thousands of workers protested against proposed changes to a 36-year-old industrial action law …

Journalism

Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia's Serb separatists

Security minister confirms report, fuelling fears of destabilisation of the Balkans and a resistance to Nato enlargement<p>Russian-trained mercenaries are helping establishment a paramilitary unit serving the Serb separatist leader in Bosnia, it was reported in Sarajevo on Friday.<p>The report on the …

Russia

Two Koreas agree to hold military talks to defuse tension: Seoul

The rivals agreed to "defuse the current military tension and to hold military talks to address the issue", according to a joint statement.<p>The two …

North Korea

Xi Jinping tells army not to fear death in show of China's military might

President tells armed forces to be ‘capable of combat and sure to win’ in move designed to bolster his political standing<p>Xi Jinping has reaffirmed his status as China’s most dominant leader since Chairman Mao with another tub-thumping display of military brawn involving thousands of heavily armed …

China

North Korea agrees to first talks with South in two years

Officials from Kim Jong-un’s regime and Seoul government will meet in demilitarised zone next week<p>North Korea has agreed to South Korea’s offer to hold talks next week, in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries for more than two years.<p>The talks – the first since …

North Korea

Erdogan's Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea

Turkey’s unexpected military-cooperation deal with Sudan and leasing of Suakin Island have rekindled Ottoman fears in the region.

Middle East

Iran's violent anti-regime protests enter third day as thousands rally in support of Government

A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran's weak economy has swept into Tehran, with college students and others chanting against the Government just …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Saudi chess tournament kicks off amid tensions after Israeli players' visas denied

Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in a speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia, a vice president of the World Chess …

Middle East

UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital

The United Nations body’s debate and vote highlighted for a second time in a week the international isolation of the United States over the Jerusalem issue<p>The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral …

Israel

Why Mainstream Economists Are Responsible for Electing Donald Trump

<i>By David F. Ruccio</i><p>Are mainstream economists responsible for electing Donald Trump?<p>I think they deserve at least part of the blame. So, as it turns …

Donald Trump's tax bill pitched at middle class but rich will take most of the meal

US President Donald Trump's first public outing after his seismic election win last year was at New York's swanky 21 Club.<p>The President-to-be was …

Donald Trump to take Jerusalem recognition vote 'personally', US 'taking names' at UN

The US Ambassador to the United Nations says she "will be taking names" during a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution criticising Washington's …

Israel