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22:00, 27 February 2017 Monday
ELN claims responsibility for Colombia bomb attack
19:34, 27 February 2017 Monday

ELN claims responsibility for Colombia bomb attack

Government says it will not be strong-armed into signing cease-fire deal


Sufi scholar's work translated into Swahili
19:08, 27 February 2017 Monday

Sufi scholar's work translated into Swahili

Rumi's Mathnawi poem has been translated into 25 languages by the Konya municipality


Turkcell shares award at major tech conference
19:29, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkcell shares award at major tech conference

Turkish cell phone operator receives GSM Association award for efforts to help Syrian refugees

Turkey Uzbekistan sign deals to boost trade
17:48, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey, Uzbekistan sign deals to boost trade

Both countries will reevaluate economic cooperation in a number of sectors, Turkey's economy minister says


Turkey remembers political great Necmettin Erbakan
16:17, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey remembers political great Necmettin Erbakan

Turkey commemorates the anniversary of the death of former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan.


Palestinians await return of stranded Turkish bride
20:54, 27 February 2017 Monday

Palestinians await return of stranded Turkish bride

West Bank family appeals for Turkey's help obtaining Israeli permission for Turkish wife's return to Hebron

Israel to destroy 9 illegal West Bank settler homes
19:57, 27 February 2017 Monday

Israel to destroy 9 illegal West Bank settler homes

International law considers all settlements to be illegal, but Israel distinguishes between those it has authorised and those built without official permission.

Hamas has dug 15 tunnels linking Gaza to Israel Media
14:47, 27 February 2017 Monday

Hamas has dug 15 tunnels linking Gaza to Israel: Media

Report comes amid expectations of state-level report rumored to be critical of PM’s handling of 2014 Gaza War

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel army
11:22, 27 February 2017 Monday

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel: army

"A projectile fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area...in southern Israel," a military statement said.


Trump and the two-state solution
10:58, 27 February 2017 Monday

Trump and the two-state solution

Trump's recent remarks on a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have evoked great responses


Students learning Turkish in Poland on the rise
14:14, 27 February 2017 Monday

Students learning Turkish in Poland on the rise

More than 600 people in Poland have learnt Turkish at Yunus Emre Institute since 2013, institute's Warsaw chairman says

Moonlight' wins best picture as Oscars ends in chaos
10:17, 27 February 2017 Monday

'Moonlight' wins best picture as Oscars ends in chaos

Until the final minute, the film industry's biggest night had run smoothly, and was marked by plenty of political statements, mainly jabs at President Donald Trump, and light-hearted jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel.


Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested
09:28, 27 February 2017 Monday

Protests as Kyrgyz opposition leader arrested

Tekebayev's arrest sparked protests around the Central Asian country, as his supporters blasted the accusations against him as "a fabrication".


Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone
09:05, 27 February 2017 Monday

Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone

Last year 1.5 billion smartphones were sold around the world, according to research firm Gartner.


Baghdad blasts leave four Iraqis dead
14:58, 27 February 2017 Monday

Baghdad blasts leave four Iraqis dead

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attacks

Iraq takes another major district in western Mosul
13:03, 27 February 2017 Monday

Iraq takes another major district in western Mosul

Iraqi forces are fighting to drive ISIL militants from western Mosul


Eurozone households borrow more in January
13:56, 27 February 2017 Monday

Eurozone households borrow more in January

The rate of loan growth to firms and consumers is a closely-watched indicator for the economic outlook.

Turkey Economic Confidence Index rebounds in February
11:57, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey: Economic Confidence Index rebounds in February

Index sees rise of 6.8 pct from January to February, according to Turkish Statistical Institute  


Press agenda on February 27
09:40, 27 February 2017 Monday

Press agenda on February 27

Here are the main topics World Bulletin’s English Desk plans to cover Monday, Feb. 27, 2017


Gambia's Barrow replaces armed forces chief
20:48, 27 February 2017 Monday

Gambia's Barrow replaces armed forces chief

Barrow told the crowd at his swearing-in he would probe human rights abuses under Jammeh's mercurial and despotic rule spanning 22 years.

Gumtree bans donkey sales in S Africa over skin trade
19:46, 27 February 2017 Monday

Gumtree bans donkey sales in S.Africa over skin trade

South African police say there has been a surge in the illegal slaughter of the animals since last year, with thousands of hides found hidden in warehouses and backyards.

Polisario dismisses Rabat pullback as 'window dressing'
19:36, 27 February 2017 Monday

Polisario dismisses Rabat pullback as 'window dressing'

Morocco and the Polisario fought for control of the Western Sahara from 1974 to 1991, with Rabat taking over the desert territory before a UN-brokered ceasefire in the former Spanish colony.

Three killed as fire engulfs Mogadishu's main market
15:41, 27 February 2017 Monday

Three killed as fire engulfs Mogadishu's main market

The blaze began early in the morning, sending thick plumes of smoke billowing over the Somali capital as flames devoured market stalls whose hodge-podge placement made it difficult for firefighters to contain the inferno.

Migrant rescues off Libya encourage traffickers Frontex
15:09, 27 February 2017 Monday

Migrant rescues off Libya encourage traffickers: Frontex

Such rescue operations "should be reevaluated", Fabrice Leggeri told Germany's Die Welt daily, also accusing the groups of not effectively cooperating with security agencies against human traffickers.

Sudan releases Czech filmmaker accused of espionage
11:37, 27 February 2017 Monday

Sudan releases Czech filmmaker accused of espionage

Jasek was reportedly making a film about the persecution of local Christians in Sudan when he was arrested

32 000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017
09:41, 27 February 2017 Monday

32,000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017

UNHCR said refugees have reported walking for five to seven days to reach Sudan's border state like White Nile, and that 90 percent of the new arrivals there are women and children.

UN airstrikes in C Africa target 'heavily armed' militia
09:25, 27 February 2017 Monday

UN airstrikes in C.Africa target 'heavily armed' militia

The region has seen rising violence as the result of a conflict between the FPRC and a rival group, the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC).

Dozens reported injured in suicide attack in Algeria
08:07, 27 February 2017 Monday

Dozens reported injured in suicide attack in Algeria

Bomber targets outpost in Constantine

Nigeria Abducted German archaeologists released
03:01, 27 February 2017 Monday

Nigeria: Abducted German archaeologists released

Without mentioning any paid ransom, local police spokesman confirms release of duo abducted Wednesday in NW Kaduna state


White House has received Pentagon's new anti-ISIL plan
20:26, 27 February 2017 Monday

White House has received Pentagon's new anti-ISIL plan

The Pentagon has sent the White House its new plans to defeat ISIL

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit US
12:33, 27 February 2017 Monday

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit US

State Councillor Yang Jiechi will meet senior American officials on Monday and Tuesday to discuss "bilateral ties and issues of common concern", the foreign ministry announced late Sunday. 

India's top diplomat to visit US after Kansas killing
09:55, 27 February 2017 Monday

India's top diplomat to visit US after Kansas killing

A ministry official said Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar would travel to Washington on Tuesday for a "wide-ranging bilateral discussion", without giving further details.

All eyes on Trump for landmark address to Congress
09:14, 27 February 2017 Monday

All eyes on Trump for landmark address to Congress

From securing US borders to modernizing its infrastructure or slashing environmental regulations, the major themes of Trump's first weeks in office are expected to loom large.

US Navy secretary nominee withdraws Pentagon
09:09, 27 February 2017 Monday

US Navy secretary nominee withdraws: Pentagon

The secretary of the Navy serves as the chief executive officer for both the Navy and the Marine Corps.

Vandals attack Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia
08:58, 27 February 2017 Monday

Vandals attack Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

Vandals have broken and overturned more than 500 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia,


Russia ignoring regime truce breaches Syria opposition
19:22, 27 February 2017 Monday

Russia ignoring regime truce breaches: Syria opposition

Moscow is turning blind eye to regime ceasefire violations, Syrian opposition figure tells Anadolu Agency from Geneva

Saudi Arabia's Aramco to invest 7 bn in Malaysia oil
16:18, 27 February 2017 Monday

Saudi Arabia's Aramco to invest $7 bn in Malaysia oil refinery

The deal between Aramco and Malaysia's Petronas for the $27 billion project will be signed on Tuesday, the prime minister said. 

Israel braces for Gaza war report
15:28, 27 February 2017 Monday

Israel braces for Gaza war report

For the past few days players past and present have been franticly "briefing reporters, providing leaks, and besmirching their opponents, some directly and some obliquely," as Maariv daily put it on Monday.

Suspected Russian raid kills 13 in northwestern Syria
12:42, 27 February 2017 Monday

Suspected Russian raid kills 13 in northwestern Syria

Around 30 people still trapped under rubble, says a civil defense official

4 injured as blast hits police bus in Bahrain
12:12, 27 February 2017 Monday

4 injured as blast hits police bus in Bahrain

Authorities say "terrorist bombing" struck a police bus in eastern Bahrain

Iran tests missiles in naval exercises
11:12, 27 February 2017 Monday

Iran tests missiles in naval exercises

Tasnim news agency said the Dehlaviyeh, a laser-guided missile, had also been successfully tested. 

22 regime soldiers killed near Syria's al-Bab
07:54, 27 February 2017 Monday

22 regime soldiers killed near Syria's al-Bab

Opposition fighters declare capture of Tadif town from Bashar al-Assad regime


Bangladesh recognizes Kosovo independence
21:03, 27 February 2017 Monday

Bangladesh recognizes Kosovo independence

Bangladesh becomes 114th nation to recognize sovereignty of former Serbian province

Balkan Turks condemn Bulgarian party's candidate choice
16:43, 27 February 2017 Monday

Balkan Turks condemn Bulgarian party's candidate choice

Movement for Rights and Freedoms' decision to select Attack party candidates criticized

Brazen phone scammers terrorise Bulgaria's elderly
08:24, 27 February 2017 Monday

Brazen phone scammers terrorise Bulgaria's elderly

The scheme has proven so successful that Bulgarian gangs are now also targeting neighbouring Greece, where people have been stashing even bigger sums in their homes following the financial crisis.


Stable Turkey will benefit Macedonia Academic
17:04, 27 February 2017 Monday

Stable Turkey will benefit Macedonia: Academic

The constitutional changes are needed and normal for Turkey, says Bejtulla Demiri of International Balkan University

Turkey 'neutralizes 36 extremists' in one week
14:35, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey 'neutralizes 36 extremists' in one week

Interior Ministry also says 32 others remanded in custody for aiding PKK terror group

Erdogan meets Iraqi Kurdish region's leader Barzani
08:25, 27 February 2017 Monday

Erdogan meets Iraqi Kurdish region's leader Barzani

Turkish president receives Masoud Barzani in Istanbul, but no press statement released after closed meeting

Turkey s FM slams Greece's 'provocative' rhetoric
06:07, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey’s FM slams Greece's 'provocative' rhetoric

Criticizing Greek defense minister's rhetoric on Kardak islets, Mevlut Cavusoglu adds that Turkey values ties with Greece

Turkey condemns Armenian attacks against Azerbaijan
01:02, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turkey condemns Armenian attacks against Azerbaijan

Clashes in occupied Karabakh region intensified over the weekend


EU expands North Korea sanctions
14:17, 27 February 2017 Monday

EU expands North Korea sanctions

The decision, implementing a November UN resolution, comes with North Korea in the international spotlight after the assassination in Kuala Lumpur airport of Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong-Un.

Impeached S Korea president tells court of 'regret'
13:27, 27 February 2017 Monday

Impeached S. Korea president tells court of 'regret'

Park Geun-Hye was elected in 2012 with the highest vote share of any presidential candidate in South Korea's democratic era.

China arrests seven after deadly hotel fire
10:50, 27 February 2017 Monday

China arrests seven after deadly hotel fire

Construction workers and contractors were among those arrested on suspicion of negligence that caused the blaze, the official Xinhua news agency reported. 

Asia trade talks resume after US exit dashes hopes for
10:32, 27 February 2017 Monday

Asia trade talks resume after US exit dashes hopes for TPP deal

RCEP is seen as a more modest deal that calls for lower and more limited regulatory standards. 

Vietnamese bankers go on trial for mass embezzlement
10:29, 27 February 2017 Monday

Vietnamese bankers go on trial for mass embezzlement

Former managers at semi-private Oceanbank accused of allowing $88 million to disappear

Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after blast
10:00, 27 February 2017 Monday

Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after blast

Suspected extremist group member blamed for explosion near gov’t building in West Java in critical condition

S Korea's acting president draws opposition fury
09:25, 27 February 2017 Monday

S.Korea's acting president draws opposition fury

Interim South Korean leader Hwang Kyo-ahn refuses to extend special prosecution's probe into presidential scandal

13th ECO Summit begins in Islamabad
04:02, 27 February 2017 Monday

13th ECO Summit begins in Islamabad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend ECO summit this Wednesday, March 1


French election turns ugly as political attacks mount
20:10, 27 February 2017 Monday

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Fillon, the former frontrunner whose bid has been thrown into turmoil by a corruption investigation, also said his campaign events were being disrupted "every day" by far-left activists.

EU opens up visa-free travel to Georgia
17:36, 27 February 2017 Monday

EU opens up visa-free travel to Georgia

Georgian citizens will be able to travel to EU's Schengen zone for 90 days on biometric passports

Turks in Austria establish party to counter far-right
17:19, 27 February 2017 Monday

Turks in Austria establish party to counter far-right

New Movement for the Future to all represent minorities, party leader says

French PM blasts Fillon s 'civil war' comment
16:53, 27 February 2017 Monday

French PM blasts Fillon’s 'civil war' comment

Conservative presidential candidate says France is marred by 'quasi-civil war' atmosphere during campaign

Rights breaches spreading like 'disease' UN chief
16:02, 27 February 2017 Monday

Rights breaches spreading like 'disease': UN chief

The Geneva-based body was holding its first meeting with Washington's seat occupied by an envoy from President Donald Trump's government.  

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls
09:27, 27 February 2017 Monday

Le Pen blames media as Macron jumps in French polls

Le Pen, speaking at a rally in the western city of Nantes, launched a series of attacks on the 39-year-old independent who has emerged as a frontrunner to become France's next leader.

With Trump at helm US takes seat at UN rights
08:53, 27 February 2017 Monday

With Trump at helm, US takes seat at UN rights council

Trump's State Department has not yet named a replacement for Obama's envoy Keith Harper at the UNHRC

Migrants set to be on agenda as UK Lords study
08:37, 27 February 2017 Monday

Migrants set to be on agenda as UK Lords study Brexit bill

Migrants from the EU living in the UK are under the microscope as the lower House of Commons scrutinize the Brexit bill

Crimea will not be forsaken Ukrainian president
05:05, 27 February 2017 Monday

Crimea will not be forsaken: Ukrainian president

Marking 3rd anniversary of Russian annexation, Petro Poroshenko decries illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory