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15:13, 22 October 2014 Wednesday
Europe supports Turkey-Armenia 'normalization'
09:48, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Europe supports Turkey-Armenia 'normalization'

A member of the EU's delegation to Turkey urges civil society groups in both countries to engage more.


Gaza's unpaid civil servants stage 'general strike'
13:19, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Gaza's unpaid civil servants stage 'general strike'

Some 45,000 civil servants employed by Hamas movement have stopped receiving their salaries soon after a national unity government was formed in June following a reconciliation deal


Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans quot irrational quot
12:56, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans "irrational"

Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said such restrictions would not make sense.

EU sets 'red lines' for Israel in W Bank Jerusalem
12:16, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

EU sets 'red lines' for Israel in W. Bank, Jerusalem

According to the Haaretz, EU ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen is set to relay the message to Israel in the few coming days.


Turkey expects EU to reject complaint by Greek Cypriots
14:49, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Turkey expects EU to reject complaint by Greek Cypriots

Turkey's EU Minister Bozkir expects EU to reject Greek Cypriots' complaint aimed at halting Turkey’s EU membership

Turkey Qatar agree to help educate Syrian refugees
13:37, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Turkey, Qatar agree to help educate Syrian refugees

Qatari trust will cooperate with Turkey's leading aid agencies AFAD and TIKA in different education projects for Syrian children sheltering in Turkey

Kurdish man attacked and killed in eastern Turkey
13:15, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Kurdish man attacked and killed in eastern Turkey

The victim is said to be a member of Islamist Kurdish Free Cause Party

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT 22
13:13, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 22

A new bill giving more powers to law enforcement agencies to prevent crimes in Turkey is extensively covered by the Turkish dailies Wednesday

Daylight Saving Time in Turkey ends on Oct 26
12:02, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Daylight Saving Time in Turkey ends on Oct. 26

Clocks to be switched back by one hour at 4:00 a.m., which will then become 3 a.m. on October 26

Outlawed PKK leader stresses importance of solution process
11:57, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Outlawed PKK leader stresses importance of solution process

The jailed Kurdish separatist leader said on Tuesday the peace process with the Turkish government had entered a new phase since Oct. 15 and he was upbeat over the chances of success.

Turkish opposition doubts about Kobani policy
10:15, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Turkish opposition doubts about Kobani policy

Party leaders were skeptical about efforts to support the peshmerga fighting in the Syrian city

Pope Francis to make three-day visit to Turkey
09:50, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Pope Francis to make three-day visit to Turkey

Vatican unveils schedule for Pontiff's visit to Ankara and Istanbul as conflict grips the region

Turkey plans to build third nuclear power plant
09:05, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Turkey plans to build third nuclear power plant

Turkish Prime Minister says Turkey plans to build third nuclear power plant as a national project


French researchers 'develop 15-minute test for Ebola'
09:33, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

French researchers 'develop 15-minute test for Ebola'

Device can be used in the field without special equipment, according to developers


Greek Cypriots set to submit EU complaint against Turkey
09:27, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Greek Cypriots set to submit EU complaint against Turkey

Greek Cypriot leader will submit a formal complaint against Turkey to EU leaders next week aimed at halting Turkey’s EU membership.


APEC nations vow to pursue quot flexible quot fiscal policies
13:33, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

APEC nations vow to pursue "flexible" fiscal policies

The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) bloc said they would advance structural reforms to unleash new sources of growth.

Financial obstacles in Russia-Ukraine gas negotiations
12:21, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Financial obstacles in Russia-Ukraine gas negotiations

Ukraine needs to pay its previous debt to Russia by the end of the year and pay in advance for getting new volumes of natural gas


Afghan president's first trip abroad will be to China
15:03, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Afghan president's first trip abroad will be to China

Ghani will travel to China from Oct. 28-31, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a regular press briefing.

Kazakhstan defense minister quits amid accusations
14:54, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Kazakhstan defense minister quits amid accusations

Former PM Serik Akhmetov resigns as defense chief amid claims of interference in corruption case

North Korea cites Obama requests in freeing American prisoner
13:56, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

North Korea cites Obama requests in freeing American prisoner

The White House said that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family.

Widodo to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected
12:49, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Widodo to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected

Widodo had originally planned to announce his cabinet of 33 ministers on Tuesday, said his team would be made up of 18 technocrats and 15 political appointees.

HK protesters march after fruitless talks with government
12:41, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

HK protesters march after fruitless talks with government

Protesters were unhappy about what they felt was a lack of substantive concessions from the government officials and they dug in their heels.

11:11, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

U.S. transfers Marine murder suspect to Philippine base

The Philippines has said it expects to get custody of Pemberton once he is formally charged in court and any trial begins.

Japan to send team to North Korea for abductions
10:14, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Japan to send team to North Korea for abductions

Pyongyang admitted in 2002 to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens and five abductees and their families later returned to Japan

09:57, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

Police deny that the men were tortured during interrogation and say they are being looked after well in prison

Pakistan opposition leader ends Parliament sit-in
09:41, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Pakistan opposition leader ends Parliament sit-in

Qadri intends to extend struggle throughout country through twice weekly protests; Khan refuses to disband his sit-in

Pakistani Taliban sacks spokesman
09:12, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Pakistani Taliban sacks spokesman

Statement did not explain when he had been replaced or when name of new spokesman would be made public.


Iraqi forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Baghdad
15:08, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Iraqi forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Baghdad

There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties from the fighting there, but the militant advance appears to have been halted.

US to build military base in Erbil -Kurdish official
14:29, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

US to build military base in Erbil -Kurdish official

It's claimed that US government is planning to set up a military base on the area of Herir Military Airport, in Erbil.

America's Blackwater teams in Kobani
12:34, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

America's Blackwater teams in Kobani

It's claimed that the United States has transferred the mercenaries of Blackwater, used in the occupation of Iraq, to Kobani


Moscow Kiev agree on need to obey truce in Ukraine
09:09, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Moscow, Kiev agree on need to obey truce in Ukraine

Putin and Poroshenko stress that the ceasefire deal in the restive eastern regions must be fully complied with


Kerry Status quo between Israel Palestinians quot unsustainable quot
13:25, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Kerry: Status quo between Israel, Palestinians "unsustainable"

He said that it was necessary to find a way to negotiate and said the U.S. would continue with these efforts

Pentagon says situation in Kobani still tenuous
11:38, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Pentagon says situation in Kobani still ‘tenuous’

A spokesperson says Kobani may still fall to the ISIL despite U.S. airstrikes and arm supplies to the Kurdish militia.

U S may expand training role of Iraq military advisers
10:56, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

U.S. may expand training role of Iraq military advisers

Senior administration officials said that, based on discussions with the Iraqis, U.S. officials are looking at where advisers can be helpful, and whether there is more they can do in terms of training.

5 U S airports set for travelers from Ebola-hit region
10:45, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

5 U.S. airports set for travelers from Ebola-hit region

Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter through one of five airports screening for the disease


Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola
15:11, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola

Cuba is sending the largest medical contingent to West Africa from any country in the world

14:56, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Israeli troops come under fire on Egypt border

An Israeli military force came under fire along the Egyptian border on Wednesday, the Israeli army said without disclosing whether there were any casualties.

E Africa leaders meet for S Sudan peace summit
14:44, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

E. Africa leaders meet for S. Sudan peace summit

IGAD has been actively involved in mediating peace talks between the Juba government, headed by Kiir, and rebels led by sacked vice-president Riek Machar.

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy -UPDATED
11:41, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy -UPDATED

Hasi met Turkey's special envoy for Libya, Emrullah Isler, in Tripoli, Hasi's government said on its website

Ennahda expects 41 of parliamentary seats in Tunisia polls
11:28, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Ennahda expects 41% of parliamentary seats in Tunisia polls

Tunisia is slated to hold legislative elections on October 26, to be followed by presidential polls on November 23.

African rivalries weaken U N hand against rebels in Congo
10:35, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

African rivalries weaken U.N. hand against rebels in Congo

African leaders gave the rebels six months in July to disarm and either be repatriated to Rwanda or transferred to a transit camp in Congo while they await resettlement in a third country.

10:13, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Curfew in Sierra Leone town after rioting over Ebola

The clashes highlight tensions in Sierra Leone over the government's attempt to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control

Student death sparks protests at Egypt's universities
09:43, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Student death sparks protests at Egypt's universities

Student protests were staged on the campuses of Alexandria, Al-Azhar, Beni Sueif, Kafr al-Sheikh, Zagazig, Fayoum, Cairo and Suez universities to protest the death of student Omar al-Sherif.

No 'political prisoners' in Egypt minister tells EU envoy
09:24, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

No 'political prisoners' in Egypt, minister tells EU envoy

The meeting between the two officials also tackled a raft of recent death sentences handed down earlier this year against more than a thousand supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group

Tanzania sets constitution referendum for March
09:18, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Tanzania sets constitution referendum‏ for March

The opposition accused the government of violating an earlier agreement to postpone the move until 2016

Egypt denies imminent cabinet reshuffle
09:04, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Egypt denies imminent cabinet reshuffle

Local media reported a planned cabinet reshuffle that would affect three portfolios in Premier Ibrahim Mahlab's government.


Yemen's Houthis storm Interior Ministry HQ
14:51, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Yemen's Houthis storm Interior Ministry HQ

The Houthis have remained in control of Sanaa since September 21, when they inked a deal with Yemen's presidency aimed at ending a weeks-long political standoff.

Peshmerga prepares to fight in Kobani
14:38, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Peshmerga prepares to fight in Kobani

Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Parliament will discuss Wednesday possible peshmerga troops transition to Kobani to fight against ISIL

Israel detains 13 Palestinians in West Bank Gaza
12:06, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Israel detains 13 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

The detainees were moved to a detention center run by the internal security agency (Shin Bet) for interrogation

Israel PM denies Knesset bill on Aqsa division
11:27, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Israel PM denies Knesset bill on Aqsa division

Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendleman described allegations about plans by the Knesset to debate a bill about dividing the holy site between Muslims and Jews as "baseless".

Iran says arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant
10:37, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Iran says arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant

Iran has repeatedly cited signs of what it calls foreign plots to sabotage its nuclear programme

U N chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry
10:28, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry

Ban planned to move quickly on setting up the investigation.

Iran supreme leader blames West for ISIL rise
10:24, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Iran supreme leader blames West for ISIL rise

Khamenei spoke while receiving new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at his residence.

Gaza infrastructure can't withstand winter Palestinian officials
09:56, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Gaza infrastructure can't withstand winter: Palestinian officials

"The recent war destroyed everything in Gaza. A cold spell would portend a fresh humanitarian disaster," Saad al-Din al-Atbash, head of Gaza City's water authority said

Jordan opposition calls on govt to leave anti-ISIL bloc
09:31, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

Jordan opposition calls on govt to leave anti-ISIL bloc

Statement signatories include the Democratic Popular Unity Party, the Progressive Baath Party, the Socialist Baath Party, the Communist Party, the Democratic People's Party and the National Movement Party.

UN chief rebukes Israel over East Jerusalem land grab
09:16, 22 October 2014 Wednesday

UN chief rebukes Israel over East Jerusalem land grab

Ban Ki-moon says there is no hope for stability without Israel addressing the problems caused by its settlement activity.


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