Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2017 Constitutional reforms that will significantly boost the powers of the presidency moved a step closer to approval in Turkish parliament on Jan. 15. In a late-night session in Ankara, a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the final article in the reform package presented by President Recep Tayyip […]

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should […]

Critics point to Erdogan’s criticism of New Year celebrations before Istanbul attack

Critics point to Erdogan’s criticism of New Year celebrations before Istanbul attack

by WorldTribune Staff, January 3, 2017 In condemning New Year’s celebrations and making it easier for jihadists to travel through the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist government helped create the climate that led to the New Year’s Eve terror attack in Istanbul, secular critics of Erdogan say. Erdogan’s critics point to […]

ISIL justifies Istanbul massacre ‘for sake of Allah’s religion’

ISIL justifies Istanbul massacre ‘for sake of Allah’s religion’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 2, 2017 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) said one of its jihadists carried out the New Year’s Eve terror attack in Istanbul “to take revenge on Turkey, who serves the cross.” The attack at the Reina nightclub killed 39 people and wounded at least 150 others. The terrorist who […]

Putin: Syria cease-fire deal has been signed with Russia and Turkey as ‘guarantors’

Putin: Syria cease-fire deal has been signed with Russia and Turkey as ‘guarantors’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Syrian government and its opponents have signed an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire and a declaration expressing willingness to begin peace talks. Putin said on December 29 that a document outlining measures to implement the cease-fire was also signed. The […]

Russia, Turkey, Iran see zones of influence in Syria with Assad temporarily remaining in power

Russia, Turkey, Iran see zones of influence in Syria with Assad temporarily remaining in power

by WorldTribune Staff, December 29, 2016 Syria would be divided into zones of regional power and President Bashar Assad would be allowed to remain in control under a “compromise” agreement worked out by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Under the deal, the new federal structure in Syria would be controlled by Assad’s Alawite sect. Assad’s powers […]

Turkey conducting 10,000 investigations of social media users following 1,600 arrests

Turkey conducting 10,000 investigations of social media users following 1,600 arrests

by WorldTribune Staff, December 28, 2016 In the six months since the failed coup attempt, Turkey has arrested more than 1,600 people and is investigating at least 10,000 others who are accused of supporting terror groups or insulting Turkish officials on social media. Social media access is frequently restricted or cut off in Turkey to […]

Turkey’s Erdoğan aggressively courting Team Trump

Turkey’s Erdoğan aggressively courting Team Trump

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs staff in Ankara and Washinngton, D.C. Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan has moved rapidly to recapture U.S. strategic support by wooing the incoming U.S. Administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. President Erdoğan is attempting to stem Turkish economic collapse, Turkish expulsion from NATO, and total rejection of Turkey […]

Assassin of Russian ambassador had guarded Turkey’s President Erdogan

Assassin of Russian ambassador had guarded Turkey’s President Erdogan

by WorldTribune Staff, December 22, 2016 The assassin who gunned down Russia’s ambassador to Turkey had served on security details to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan several times prior to the Dec. 19 assassination of Andrei Karlov. Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, served on police details backing up Erdogan’s personal body guards eight times since the […]

Russian woman convicted of trying to join ISIL

Russian woman convicted of trying to join ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A Russian court has found a former Moscow State University student guilty of trying to join the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and sentenced her to 4 1/2 years in prison. The Moscow Regional Military court convicted Aleksandra Ivanova — better known […]

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