World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of Turkish Cypriots marched through the streets of Brussels on Wednesday to protest against Greek Cyprus taking over the presidency of the European Union, saying the rights of the island's Turkish minority were being ignored.
Some 400 protesters wearing masks with no faces and holding signs saying "Do We Exist?", walked from the European Parliament to the European Commission, in the centre of the city's administrative district, and handed out leaflets describing themselves as the forgotten Europeans.
Greek Cyprus has been divided between the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish north since a Greek coup d'etat followed by a Turkish army intervention in 1974.
Greek Cyprus, which on Monday asked for financial aid to prop up its banks, joined the EU in 2004 despite rejection of Annan peace plan that 130,000 Turkish Cypriots living in the north accepted.
Turkey is the only nation that recognises the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
"The rest of the world, ... they just push us into a corner like we don't exist," protester Turgay Azizoglu said.
The protest underlined the tensions that will accompany the island's six-month presidency of the EU, which begins on July 1, when it will carry the responsibility for organising the EU's agenda and chairing policy debates.
Turkey began EU entry talks in 2005, a year after Greek Cyprus was admitted, but its bid for membership has virtually ground to a halt due to the intractable dispute over the divided island, as well as opposition from core members Germany and France.
Ankara has said it will suspend relations with the EU presidency during Greek Cyprus's six-month tenure starting in July, due to a lack of progress in reunification talks on the island.
"(The presidency) are not representing the whole of Cyprus, they are only representing part of Cyprus," said Hasan Tacoy, a member of the parliament in North Cyprus.
"We're hoping to raise our voice and say that it's our right to be part of the EU."
Use of the Ajami language, which is a local Hausa dialect that uses Arabic letters, predates the arrival of the British in Nigeria.
Palestinian officials fear that an anticipated cold spell this winter could further aggravate the dire humanitarian situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip
State Department spokeswoman condemns the regime’s violence directed against civilians and its ongoing human rights abuses and violations of international law
On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities reopened the crossing after a one-month closure to help nearly 6,000 stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip.
The accident comes a day after 26 workers lost lives when a fire breaks out at coal mine in country’s northeast.
While the world is watching the developments in the Ferguson, black teens continue to be killed by police in the US
The army said in a statement that four were detained in Jenin in the north, two in Ramallah, five in Bethlehem and one in Anata village near Jerusalem
Europe has been swept lately by a wave of support for Palestinian statehood, as peace process remains deadlocked.
Extreme right-wing the Freedom Party wanted the closure of mosques and the purging of Islam from Holland.
In order to prevent any protests an eight point plan has been prepared by Israel
Catalan leader Artur Mas outlined a plan to create a Catalan state within 18 months with the first step being to build a common electoral platform, uniting politicians.
Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said that Mussa, a former Christian of Roma origin who converted to Islam in 2000 while working in Vienna, had preached surrounded by the ISIL flags.
While the outbreak appears to be coming under control in Liberia, infection rates have accelerated in Sierra Leone.
Moualem's two-day visit to Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict, appears to be the latest move in a renewed diplomatic effort by Moscow to restart peace talks aimed at seeking a solution to the Syria crisis.
The parliament's decision is non-binding as it only has the power to recommend fines to the government and cannot enforce them.
The Dec. 3 meeting, chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to review progress in the fight against ISIL and to discuss how coalition members will coordinate politically in future.