World Bulletin / News Desk
A Syrian parliamentarian representing the northern province of Aleppo said on Friday she has defected to Turkey, becoming the first member of the rubberstamp assembly elected in May and dominated by President Bashar al-Assad's Baath Partyto defect.
"I have crossed to Turkey and defected from this tyrannical regime ... because of the repression and savage torture against a nation demanding the minimum of rights," Ikhlas al-Badawi told Sky News Arabia.
Opposition sources Syrian troops and armour are amassing around the northern city of Aleppo, Syrian's main commercial and industrial hub, to crush armed resistance to Assad that has been gathering momentum following a military crackdown on street demonstrations against his rule.
The authorities chose Badawi, a Sunni Muslim, to run for parliament on behalf of the "labourers and peasants" sector, a term for state backed labour and farmers unions who are guaranteed half the seats in the 250 seat assembly.
Badawi, a mother of six, was also a member of the Baath Party, which took power in 1963 military coup that destroyed the country's democratic institutions in favour of a Soviet style political system dominated by Assad's minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
Intensified ground and aerial bombardment on Syrian cities by Assad's forces in recent weeks has prompted diehard Baathists and Assad's loyalists to defect.
They have been mostly Sunni Muslim, from the majority sect at the forefront of the 16-month uprising against Assad.
Nawaf al-Fares, Syria's ambassador to Iraq and a former Baath Party chief in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, fled to Qatar through Jordan two weeks ago.
Fares, according to opposition sources, is a friend of Manaf Tlas, a brigadier general in the Republican Guards and a member of Assad's inner circle, who fled Syria earlier this month.
The Turkish government sponsors a number of charity and development projects in the Gaza Strip.
Ankara's current efforts towards streamlining trade are aimed at fully widening scope of business with Iran, says Turkish Development Minister at Tehran forum.
The massacre of Muslims in the Central African Republic has been compared to the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda.
The 'Invest in Italy' conference in Istanbul heard of a huge discrepancy in Turkish-Italian investment.
The boat is said to have been illegally transporting migrants to Greek islands.
Turkey, which last year was ranked 16th, skipped ahead of Canada, which has had to cut back its military spending.
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In addition to motion-detectors that can work day and night across a vast area, these systems are less risky and more cost effective than Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones.
The US Embassy in Ankara said allegations against the ambassador Ricciardone 'do not reflect the truth'.
Turkish ruling AK Party MPs voice support for PM Erdogan's election bid.
Economists say the normally innocuous general assembly has taken on greater significance this year after Erdogan called two weeks ago for an emergency interest rate cut to boost the economy
Turkey's International Cooperation and Development Agency has provided a Montenegrin children’s special needs center with a sensory room.
Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly cover a gun attack which wounded former MP, Adnan Yildiz killing his wife and daughter in Istanbul, latest developments in Ukraine, and "The Blood Moon" - a total lunar eclipse which made the moon take on a deep red color.
The U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said the evaluation of the 1915 events should be left to historians.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry reiterated its support for crisis-stricken Ukraine in the run-up to its presidential elections.