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‘The pope of peace in the Egypt of peace:’ What can Francis achieve in Cairo?

Pope Francis is hoping to revive Muslim-Christian dialogue and show solidarity with the Coptic community during a visit to Cairo. The Egyptian government is using the trip to polish its image. Martin Gehlen reports.

Bundestag bans face veils for civil servants amid security measures

In a late night sitting, the lower house of parliament has approved a raft of security measures and a draft ban on face veils. The ban would only apply to civil servants in Germany.

Theresa May turns combative ahead of Brexit negotiations

Days after waxing lyrical about the “special relationship” between the UK and the EU, the British premier has hardened her tone. The change came after Angela Merkel said the UK was suffering illusions over its future.

Chaos in Macedonian parliament as protesters storm building

Dozens of demonstrators fought their way through a police cordon and stormed the Macedonian parliament to protest the election of an ethnic Albanian president of the parliament on Thursday as political tension in the country swells.

Belgium ‘regrets’ helping elect Saudi Arabia to UN women’s rights panel

Belgium’s vote in favor of appointing Saudi Arabia to a United Nations women’s rights commission was due to a regrettable diplomatic mix-up, said Prime Minister Charles Michel, after the decision sparked a firestorm of criticism at home.

Israel shoots down Syrian drone over Golan hours after Damascus airport ‘incident’

The IDF has fired a Patriot missile that allegedly destroyed a Syrian drone over the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights hours after an ‘incident’ near Damascus International Airport, widely reported as an alleged Israeli strike on Hezbollah arms depot.

Trump expects Seoul to pay for THAAD, complains Saudis take unfair advantage of US protection

Donald Trump believes that allies are taking unfair advantage of American generosity, complaining about wasting “tremendous” sums on protecting the Saudis and expects Seoul to pay for the THAAD anti-missile system.

Pyongyang seeks ASEAN’s help to avert ‘nuclear holocaust’ as Trump warns of ‘major conflict’

North Korea is seeking support from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to prevent a potential “nuclear holocaust,” as US President Donald Trump warns of the possibility of a “major conflict” in the Korean Peninsula if diplomacy fails.

Presidential candidates vow end to corruption, poverty

Iran’s presidential candidates, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf have respectively pledged to effectually tackle corruption and poverty.

‘Things can slip out of control,’ China says of North Korea tensions

China has once again warned that the tensions involving North Korea could slip out of control, as a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang remains likely to turn into a war of bullets.

US losing ‘tremendous amount’ defending Saudi Arabia: Trump

President Donald Trump has criticized Saudi Arabia for not paying its fair share in return for the US security umbrella.

“Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters news agency on Wednesday.

India urged to stop violence against Muslims

A human rights group has expressed concern over rising brutal attacks in India by self-appointed “cow protectors” against Muslims and lower castes over rumors that they sold, bought or killed cows for beef.

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker.

Turkish Lira sees sharp increase after surprise rate move

The Turkish Lira rallied to a four-month high on April 27 after a surprise policy tightening decision reassured investors about the Central Bank’s resolve on inflation, as reported by Reuters. 

NATO chief says Turkey must show ‘full respect’ for rule of law

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Turkey on April 27 that it must fully respect legal due process, as Ankara continues to make mass arrests after the July 2016 failed coup attempt.

EU-Turkey ties ‘severely hit’ by developments in Ankara: Merkel

EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by the Turkish government,German Chancellor Angela Merkel said April 27.

US wants ‘strong, democratic’ Turkey: Ambassador

The United States is committed to helping Turkey be strong and also democratic, despite differences on key policy issues, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass said on April 27 ahead of face-to-face talks next month between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Turkish FM to attend EU gathering as union debates track of ties

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will attend a European Union meeting in Malta on April 28 amid increasing tension between the bloc and Ankara due to the former’s criticisms of the deterioration of rights in the problematic candidate country which have been fueled by a referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping new powers.

Trump praises China’s Xi over handling of North Korea

Donald Trump has praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loves his country.

AKP plans Erdoğan’s return to the party as leader on May 21

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to hold an extraordinary convention on May 21 to elect President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its chairman in line with constitutional amendments that now permit the head of the nation to retain links with his political party.

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