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New Turkish charter to be a model for region

Turkey’s new constitution will set a model for regional and other countries that seek the “best-ever charter highlighting universal values of democracy, human rights and rule of law,” according to a senior governmental official. “I believe our new constitution, which will be the newest charter based on universal principles, will make an overwhelming impression on […]

Turkey to raise arms expenses to historic high

By Umit Enginsoy Turkey will spend close to $5 billion for defense procurement this year, the highest in the country’s history, a senior procurement official said on the weekend. “Some major spending items have just started or are starting now, including those for the purchase of [around 100] Joint Strike Fighter jet aircraft [JFSs], submarines […]

Russia draws up tit-for-tat US visa bans: report

Russia has drawn up a list of U.S. officials to be barred from entering the country in response to U.S. visa restrictions imposed on Russian officials over the death of a lawyer, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. If the report by the business daily Kommersant is confirmed, the decision will be the latest of several […]

Saudi Arabia calls for Syrian reforms, recalls envoy

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah demanded an end to the bloodshed in Syria on Monday and recalled his country’s ambassador from Damascus. It was the sharpest criticism the oil giant — an absolute monarchy that bans political opposition — has directed against any Arab state since a wave of protests roiled the Middle East and toppled […]

Assad Replaces Syria Defense Minister

President Bashar al-Assad named a new defense minister Aug. 8 as he faced regional isolation after three Gulf states recalled their envoys and Sunni Islam’s top authority urged an end to Syria’s bloodshed. The announcement came as activists said security forces shot dead at least eight people including a mother and her two children in […]

Turkey, Iran step up fights on PKK, PJAK

Increasing acts of violence by outlawed Kurdish organizations in the region have pushed Turkey and Iran to conduct separate operations on the Iraqi border, which has witnessed serious clashes between Iranian forces and militant groups. The Iranian army has launched a powerful operation against the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK, in Iran, […]

UN delays release of flotilla report at Israel’s request

A UN panel investigating a bloody Israeli interception of an aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, has postponed, once again, the release of its findings to allow for further efforts for Turkish-Israeli reconciliation. The request for the delay came from Israel, officials said. The report was first expected to be released on July 7, but […]

US asks for action from Turkey for Armenian reconciliation

The United States is pressing Ankara to move toward rapprochement with Yerevan following the collapse of talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan last month to discuss the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. “The time is right for normalization. Some action to get the process moving, to give [it] momentum would be fine,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton […]

Turkish armored vehicle exports soar

Turkish exports of armored vehicles are expanding, including purchases by the United States for the first time. A senior Turkish military procurement official involved with supporting Turkish arms exports, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Hurriyet that Turkish armored vehicle manufacturers are expanding beyond their traditional Middle Eastern markets. “We are happy to see these […]

Syria tank assault kills 11 near Turkish border

Syrian troops shot dead 11 villagers on Wednesday, residents said, as authorities pressed on with a tank-led assault that has driven thousands of refugees across the northwest border with Turkey. The assault on Jabal al-Zawya, a region 35 km (22 miles) south of Turkey that has seen spreading protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, was […]



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