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Iran: Activists hail new domestic violence law, expect more steps

Iran: Activists hail new domestic violence law, expect more steps

ANKARAA long-awaited bill to protect women in Iran from domestic violence – a measure women’s groups have been seeking for over a decade – is drawing mixed reactions from a cross-section of experts. While some have hailed it, calling it a positive step, others point to gaps, saying it falls short of meeting international standards to criminalize some forms of gender-based violence, including marital rape and child marriage."It is pleasing that the legislation is finally coming out of the cold storage with the Cabinet's approval, but there are still many stages before it takes the shape of...

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‘Archives show French complicity in Rwandan genocide’

‘Archives show French complicity in Rwandan genocide’

PARIS French state policy can be seen as complicit in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, according to a researcher studying the official state archives.Francois Graner, research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at Paris Diderot University, has been researching official archives on France’s role in the genocide, which left some 800,000 dead, since the Council of State last June opened the archives after a legal battle.In an interview with Anadolu Agency published Wednesday, Graner said French policy is to keep Rwanda under its influence."All of the archives confirm...

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Macron: No apology for French crimes in Algeria

Macron: No apology for French crimes in Algeria

PARISFrench President Emmanuel Macron has said he will not issue a public apology for colonial abuses committed in Algeria.“There will be no repentance nor apologies" for France’s 132-year occupation of Algeria or for the brutal War of Independence, his office was quoted as saying by public broadcaster France 24. Algeria gained independence on July 5, 1962.Instead, the president would take part in "symbolic acts" aimed at promoting reconciliation, the statement added.This comes as Macron is scheduled to meet noted historian Benjamin Stora at the Elysee on Wednesday and accept his report on...

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France: News site under prosecution after racism report

France: News site under prosecution after racism report

PARISAn online news platform in France alleged Wednesday that authorities launched legal proceedings against it after reporting on racist attacks against a Turkish-French family.Fatih Karakaya, director of Medyaturk Info, told Anadolu Agency that their platform was being prosecuted for "defamation and insult" after a report on a racist attack against a Turkish-French family.Prosecutors in Bordeaux opened an investigation into the news outlet on a Sept. 4, 2019 report it published when a family in the region reached them via social media, saying they were subjected to racism and violence by...

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Air in Tehran ‘unbreathable’ as pollution peaks

Air in Tehran ‘unbreathable’ as pollution peaks

TEHRAN For the past several weeks, the air in Tehran and some other major metropolises across Iran has become irrespirable, with the pollution index touching dangerously high levels.The Air Quality Index (AQI), which measures levels of air contamination, has seen an alarming upturn in the capital in recent weeks, crossing the threshold of 200, deemed “heavily polluted.”Tehran, a bustling financial hub surrounded by the majestic Alborz Mountains, presents an interesting predicament to urban planners, government agencies and environmentalists.A thick layer of smog enveloping the city remains...

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Turkish defense chief in Iraq on official visit

Turkish defense chief in Iraq on official visit

ANKARATurkey's top defense official, along with the country's chief of staff, arrived in the Iraqi capital as part of an official visit, the ministry announced Monday.Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Gen. Yasar Guler are to meet senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad including President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Defense Minister Jouma Anad and Interior Minister Othman al-Ghanmi.Combating terrorism is to be the main focus of discussions during the visit, as well as a joint cooperation between Turkey and Iraq, said the ministry statement. As a first stop, Akar was welcomed...

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Turkey decries Norway’s permitting of 'terror propaganda’

Turkey decries Norway’s permitting of 'terror propaganda’

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry denounced Norway on Thursday for allowing the YPG/PKK terror group to disseminate propaganda in the capital Oslo. It was allowed to hang a painting about women's rights as part of an event supported by the Oslo Municipality that served the propaganda of the YPG/PKK/PYD terrorist organization, the ministry said in a statement."It is 'worth noting' that the Oslo Municipality continues to support terror despite our diplomatic initiatives," it said.Reminding that the terror group is responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, the ministry stressed that women are among...

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Turkey: Cult leader gets over 1,000 years in prison

Turkey: Cult leader gets over 1,000 years in prison

ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Monday slapped cult leader Adnan Oktar with over 1,000 years in prison for 10 separate crimes, according to a judicial source. Heavy Penal Court No:30 in Istanbul tried 236 defendants, including 78 remanded, for their organized crimes under Oktar’s lead, said the source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The court gave Oktar a total of 1,075 years and three months in prison over the charges of founding and leading a criminal organization, political or military espionage, aiding Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) even though...

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UK hospitals to move patients to hotels to free space for COVID-19 sufferers

UK hospitals to move patients to hotels to free space for COVID-19 sufferers

LONDON Thousands of patients will be discharged from UK hospitals to either hotels or their own homes to create new space for COVID-19 patients who need intense care to survive, local media reported Wednesday.According to a plan, named “home and hotel”, whose related documents were seen by the Guardian, hospitals are getting ready to discharge patients early in a large scale for “extra emergency contingency capacity.”The measure came as the number of COVID-19 patients who need hospital treatment skyrocketed in past weeks to reach as many as 35,000.The number of those who tested positive...

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Italian woman had COVID-19 in November 2019, study says

Italian woman had COVID-19 in November 2019, study says

ROME A research by a team of scientists at the University of Milan showed that a woman in the northern Italian city was already infected with COVID-19 in November 2019.The woman, 25, was affected by an atypical dermatitis, and a biopsy on her skin highlighted the presence of the novel coronavirus, said the study, published on Jan. 7 by the British Journal of Dermatology.That would make her "patient zero" of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which has been one of the deadliest in Europe. The first official Italian case was recorded in late February 2020. But recent studies in Italy provided...

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Kosovo explosion victims arrive in Turkey for treatment

Kosovo explosion victims arrive in Turkey for treatment

BELGRADE, Serbia Four victims of an explosion in Kosovo arrived in Turkey for medical treatment on Thursday.An ambulance plane was sent to Kosovo to transfer victims to Turkey upon an order by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.More than 40 people were injured in a gas cylinder explosion in a restaurant in Ferizaj city on Tuesday.Kosovo's Health Minister Armend Zemaj, who closely followed the patient transfer, said he hopes that the victims will return to Kosovo in complete health after their treatment."Thank you to the people of Turkey and the government for assistance in the best and the...

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Airstrike kills civilians in central Mali

Airstrike kills civilians in central Mali

BAMAKO, Mali About a hundred of civilians have been killed in airstrikes in Central Mali, local media reported late Monday.The strikes took place in the Bounti village of Mali's Mopti region on Sunday night, Adama Griaba, the mayor of the locality, told local radio station Studio Tamani.Eye witnesses said the death toll might be higher, according to Griaba.He said the airstrikes were carried out at night by an unidentified helicopter, without giving further details.The motive of the incident currently remains unknown and the wounded have been transported to the health district of...

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Echoing Trump, Bolsonaro vows ‘worse situation’ in 2022

Echoing Trump, Bolsonaro vows ‘worse situation’ in 2022

SAO PAULO, BrazilBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters Thursday if there is no printed vote in 2022, Brazil will have a worse problem than the US. Bolsonaro, who has been completely silent on social media since protesters Wednesday stormed the US Capitol, again supported “electoral fraud” in the US election without evidence."The lack of confidence" in the elections led to “the problem that is happening there,” he said.His remarks are at odds with world leaders who unanimously criticized the actions of supporters of US President Donald Trump that resulted in the deaths of four...

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Turkey, Albania upgrade ties to strategic partnership

Turkey, Albania upgrade ties to strategic partnership

ANKARATurkey and Albania on Wednesday signed an agreement to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level.Speaking at a joint news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama following meetings in the capital Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlighted the historic ties between the two countries."[...] We just signed a joint political declaration on the establishment of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Thus, we have raised our relations to the level of strategic partnership," Erdogan said.The move toward strategic cooperation will help further the...

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Turkey calls on all parties in US to use common sense

Turkey calls on all parties in US to use common sense

Reacting to scenes of supporters of US President Donald Trump on Wednesday storming the Capitol building, Turkey urged all parties in the US to use moderation and common sense."We are following with concern the internal developments happening in the U.S. following the Presidential elections which culminated in the Capitol Hill building being breached by protesters today,” the ministry said in a statement," Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement."We call on all parties in the U.S. to maintain restraint and prudence. We believe the U.S. will overcome this internal political crisis in a...

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South Korea announces incentives for more births

South Korea announces incentives for more births

ANKARASouth Korea on Tuesday announced more incentives for families to encourage more births amid falling figures, local media reported.Under the new policy, the government will provide 300,000 won ($275) as a bonus every month to all infants in the first year after their birth starting in 2022, while the monthly cash allowance will be gradually expanded to 500,000 won ($457) by 2025, according to Yonhap News Agency. The package prepared by the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy is part of South Korea's government initiatives to boost the low birthrate that has...

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Israeli forces raid Palestinian hospital in West Bank

Israeli forces raid Palestinian hospital in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Palestine Israeli forces raided a hospital in the occupied West Bank on Monday, causing panic among patients, according to the Palestinian health minister.In a statement, Mai al-Kaili said Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades inside the Thabet Thabet Hospital in the northern city of Tulkarem during the raid.Al-Kaila condemned the raid as a “new Israeli crime that contradicts all international conventions and norms, and the Geneva conventions”.She went on to appeal to the international community to "intervene to protect the Palestinian people and put an end to the repeated Israeli...

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Trump signs Taiwan act into law, angering rival China

Trump signs Taiwan act into law, angering rival China

ANKARA US President Donald Trump on Sunday signed the Taiwan Assurance Act into law, which was part of the wider $1.4 trillion federal government spending bill for the fiscal year of 2021.After days of stalling, the bill was jointly signed with COVID-19 stimulus package that includes $900 billion aidThe US House of Representatives had unanimously passed the Taiwan Assurance Act in May 2019 when it was added to that fiscal year's spending bill for the Senate to consider.The act aims to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries and encourages Taiwan to increase its defense...

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Paris school accused of separatism

Paris school accused of separatism

PARISThe only school in Paris which allowed students of all faiths the liberty to wear religious symbols -- headscarves for Muslims, kippahs for Jews, and crucifixes for Christians -- was shut down on claims of practicing separatism. The action on Nov. 23 under the French government’s ongoing campaign to "fight against radical Islam" taken against Meo High School, a private non-contractual educational institute, has left the future of 110 students in limbo in the middle of the academic year. The decision came days after President Emmanuel Macron’s October speech to tackle “Islamist...

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Turkey neutralizes 20 PKK terrorists in northern Syria

Turkey neutralizes 20 PKK terrorists in northern Syria

ANKARA Turkish security forces have “neutralized” 20 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, the country's National Defense Ministry said on Monday.In a statement, the ministry said the terrorists were trying to infiltrate into the Operation Peace Spring zone. Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor, and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016),...

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Turkish parliament approves Libya troops motion

Turkish parliament approves Libya troops motion

ANKARAThe Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months.While the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) backed the motion, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and Good (IYI) Party voted against it."There are threats from Libya to Turkey and the entire region, and if attacks resume again, Turkey's interests in the Mediterranean basin and North Africa will be adversely affected," the motion said.It added that permanent...

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Turkey bans flights from UK amid new virus strain

Turkey bans flights from UK amid new virus strain

ANKARATurkey late Sunday joined other European countries in banning flights from the UK and other countries due to concerns over a new fast-moving coronavirus strain. "It has been reported that the rate of transmission has increased in the UK with the mutation of the coronavirus," Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter."Under the directives of our President in coordination with our Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, a temporary suspension has been decided for flights from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa to our country," Koca said. The move came as...

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Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria abductions

Boko Haram claims responsibility for Nigeria abductions

LAGOS, NigeriaTerror group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the weekend kidnapping of about 500 students from a public school in northwestern Nigeria.In four-minute audio on Tuesday, the group said it was behind the abduction in Kankara, a small town in Katsina State."Our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina," said a voice on the recording identifying himself as Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader. Multiple military sources said security officials are investigating the claim. About 500 boys were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School late Friday. Residents...

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Palestine decries Israel’s East Jerusalem policy

Palestine decries Israel’s East Jerusalem policy

Palestinian authorities condemned Israel's expansionist and aggressive policy in occupied East Jerusalem early Wednesday.   Israel aims to create a new reality that makes realizing the two-state solution and Palestine’s sovereignty over its territories impossible, said Palestinian Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina in a statement.The Tel Aviv administration is targeting around 30 Palestinian families in East Jerusalem who were ordered to be evicted from their homes in favor of far-right Jewish settler associations, said Abu Rudeina.He also called on the international community to...

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Turkish, Azerbaijani presidents attend Victory Parade

Turkish, Azerbaijani presidents attend Victory Parade

ANKARA ❮❯BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - DECEMBER 10: President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Top Far 2nd R) and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (Top Far R) view the Victory Parade held to celebrate Azerbaijani army's victory in Nagorno-Karabakh on December 10, 2020 in Baku, Azerbaijan. ( Mustafa Murat Kaynak - Anadolu Agency ) Related topicsBu haberi paylaşınYour opinions matter to usFeedback/ 5KapatSend

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