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Erdogan’s ruling AKP lose again in the Istanbul mayor’s race

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a major blow on Sunday as the opposition candidate in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election re-run romped to victory. “Thank you, Istanbul,” former businessman and district mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, said in a televised speech. His supporters were jubilant after unofficial results showed he won a clear majority of the… Continua a leggere

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Tension between Egypt-Turkey: Shoukry attacks Erdogan for his false allegations as to the murder Morsi "The Turkish president is revealing his deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood"

Tensions between Cairo and Ankara flared once again after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to seek the Egyptian government’s “trial” in international courts over the death of deposed former President Mohammed Morsi earlier this week. Morsi served as president for a year when he was elected in June 2012. He was ousted by popular… Continua a leggere

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Turkey launches new drillship that will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus’ east coast despite EU warnings

Turkey has launched a second drillship that will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus’ east coast despite European Union warnings to refrain from such illegal actions or face sanctions. Turkey’s energy minister boarded the 230-meter (750-foot) vessel, the Yavuz, which can drill to an estimated depth of up to 12,000 meters (40,000 feet), in a… Continua a leggere

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Saudi Arabia says that UN Khashoggi report contains “baseless allegations and contradictions”

Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that a report by a UN expert on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi contains “baseless allegations” and “contradictions.” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained “nothing new.” He said the judicial authorities in the Kingdom are the only ones competent to investigate the case and that… Continua a leggere

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Gulf War / Italy between two fires: Trump and the Islamist front (Iran and Qatar) The West begins to be divided on the position to hold towards Iran

By Souad Sbai Iran’s escalation in the Gulf region is causing the first cracks in the western front. Britain has stood up for the United States in attributing to Tehran responsibility for the June 13 attack on two Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, about 160 kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz. London’s… Continua a leggere

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Zaki Mubarak: Exclusive images show cuts, wounds, burns and broken bones all over the corpse

Photos obtained by Al Arabiya of the body of Zaki Mubarak, the Palestinian who died in Turkish custody, show severe wounds and bruises, with his lawyer saying that the deceased was “brutally beaten to death.” Zakaria Mubarak, Zaki Mubarak’s brother, told Al Arabiya in a written statement that according to the Turkish autopsy report the… Continua a leggere

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Imamoglu: “We are fighting for democracy, the rights of 16 million people were seized” Imamoglu-Yildirim televised debate in view of the repetition of the mayoral elections on June 23

Istanbul’s mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and the reach of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party. In the first televised debate of its kind in the country in nearly two decades,… Continua a leggere

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Istanbul, thousands of citizens at the rallies of Ekrem Imamoglu in districts ruled by Erdogan’s party There are polemics over the public funds given to fundamentalist organizations tied to the Sultan-dictator

Opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul candidate Ekrem Imamoglu on Wednesday campaigned in Istanbul’s Asian districts of Maltepe, Pendik and Tuzla ahead of the city’s June 24 mayoral revote. Thousands came out in support of the opposition candidate, who defeated the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) opponent Binali Yıldırım by a narrow margin in the… Continua a leggere

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Turkey: Erdogan grants freedom to terrorism A Turkish court acquitted an ISIS militant who was twice accused of belonging to the terror organization

Coskun Demir, aka Abu Hanzala, a 27-year-old resident of Turkey’s eastern province of Erzurum, is part of a radical cell and has helped many Turks to join al-Qaeda and ISIS organizations and other extremist armed groups in Iraq and Syria. According to security sources, Demir is currently in pre-trial detention. According to investigations, Demir had… Continua a leggere

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Turkey: “disrespectful” treatment of the football team at Reykjavik airport

Turkish officials vehemently criticised Iceland on Monday over “disrespectful” treatment of its football team at Reykjavik airport. The team was kept waiting for several hours at passport control on Sunday night and subjected to intense security checks, according to reports from the players published by Turkish media. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin took to Twitter to… Continua a leggere

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Prisoners of Qatar

By Souad Sbai “We are prisoners of Qatar”: this is how the Nepalese workers interviewed by the reporters working for the German radio station WDR sent their cry of alarm to the international community because of the conditions of slavery reserved for them by the Doha regime and because the blood and the suffering of… Continua a leggere

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