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Turkey will stand by New Zealand in its fight against terrorism, Fuat Oktay says  ISTANBUL (Burma Times) – Turkey’s vice president on Saturday urged the international community to stand up against Islamophobia, xenophobia, radicalism, and racism, in the wake of Friday’s terror attacks in New Zealand. Speaking at an Istanbul airport before leaving for New […]

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Politicians, media fueling Islamophobia also responsible for heinous attack on Christchurch mosques, says Mevlut Cavusoglu ANKARA (BT) – Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday condemned terrorist attacks targeting two mosques in New Zealand. “I condemn the barbaric terrorist attacks perpetrated against two mosques in #Christchurch in #NewZealand,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter. Cavusoglu wished God’s mercy […]

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – BT : President of South Korea Moon Jae-in (L) and Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad (R) speak to the press members during a joint press conference at Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 13, 2019. President of South Korea Moon Jae-in is on a three-day official visit to Malaysia. […]

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Closer relations will only be possible if Russia starts respecting international law, resolution says STRASBOURG (Burma Times) – The European Parliament (EP) adopted on Tuesday a resolution calling the block to stand ready to adopt further sanctions if Russia “continues to violate international law”. The resolution “assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations” was […]

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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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PLO office served as the de facto embassy for Palestine in Washington CAIRO (BT) – The Arab League on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to close the diplomatic mission of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, saying the move undermines the Palestinian cause. “Since the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT IN GRAFS 4-6 By Michael Hernandez WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump instructed his military brass to draw up plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, but agreed to keep them in the war-torn country for the short-term, according to multiple reports published Wednesday. No firm deadline has yet been set for […]

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 Warplanes target crowded market in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Kafr Batna By Mohamed Misto DAMASCUS (Burma Times) – At least 40 civilians were killed Friday and hundreds more injured when Syrian regime and Russian warplanes struck a crowded market in Eastern Ghouta, an opposition-held Damascus suburb. According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the town […]

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