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Austria’s Kurz seeks to be youngest chancellor

At only 30 years old, Sebastian Kurz is angling not only to become chancellor of Austria, but also to give his country a more powerful stance on the world stage. To that end, he warned against any “meddling” from Turkey.
To call Sebastian Kurz ambitious would be an understatement akin to regarding a hurricane as a light drizzle. In 2013, he managed to become the youngest foreign minister in the world at the age of only 27. And earlier this year, he maneuvered to become chief of one of Austria’s strongest political parties, the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).

Spain releases Dogan Akhanli, German author detained on Turkish warrant

German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli, who was detained in Spain after Turkey issued an Interpol arrest warrant, has been released. His detention added more strain to ties between Ankara and Berlin.
Merkel warns Turkey in row over German writer

London’s Big Ben bell to fall silent for four years

The Big Ben bell in the UK parliament’s clock tower will cease its regular bongs at noon. The cherished symbol will fall silent for most of the next four years while the tower is renovated, to the ire of some lawmakers.
The hammer that has struck the massive bell every hour for most of the past 157 years will take a break until 2021. The tower’s bells will be locked and disconnected from the clock while the structure undergoes extensive renovations.

Angela Merkel discusses security, migration at TV townhall session

Chancellor Angela Merkel was the center of a televised question and answer session with voters tackling issues of security, the status of immigrants and the VW emissions scandal. She is standing for a fourth term.
Without notes or an auto-cue, Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in the live discussion program on RTL, Germany’s largest private free-to-air broadcaster, on Sunday evening.

‘Syria war US-Zionist plan to save Israel’

As the Syrian army is making territorial gains against terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country, President Bashar al-Assad has hailed the political, economic and military support of Syria’s allies which have played a key role in pushing back Takfiri terrorists from several areas. Press TV has asked Kevin Barrett, editor of the Veterans Today from Dallas, and Richard Millet, a journalist and political commentator from London, to give their thoughts on the developments in Syria.

Trump cancels climate change advisory panel

The administration of US President Donald Trump has disbanded a federal panel aimed at raising awareness about the government’s activities on climate change.
Comprised of government and officials as well as academics and industry leaders, the 15-member Advisory Committee for Sustained National Climate Assessment was tasked with guiding the public and private-sector officials in understanding the Trump administration’s climate reports.

US-South Korea drills could lead to ‘uncontrollable phase of nuclear war,’ North warns

Pyongyang has described the US-South Korea annual military drills, set to kick off on Monday, as the “most explicit expression of hostility,” voicing fears that the war games, known as the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, may “evolve into actual fighting.”
Some 40,000 American and South Korean troops as well as civilians, training civil defense response, will participate in the exercises.

Russia’s take on Syria: Israel should want a strong Assad

By Herb Keinon
Many mainstream rebel groups have been skeptical about Moscow’s ultimate aims in Syria.

Lebanese army steamrolls ISIS border positions, raises Spanish flag for Barcelona victims

The Lebanese army has scored major victories in the ongoing offensive against Islamic State terrorists along the Syrian border, securing over a dozen of outposts, and raising a Spanish flag in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Catalonia.

Russian air force destroys 200+ ISIS terrorists heading for Deir ez-Zor, Syria – MoD

The Russian air force has destroyed a large column of Islamic State militants, vehicles and large caliber weapons heading to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian defense ministry has said.
“The Russian Air Force destroyed another large column of ISIS fighters that was heading to the area of the city of Deir ez-Zor, where international terrorists are trying to regroup and equip their last base in Syria,” the statement says.

Russian military aviation stamps out terrorists en-route to Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

The Russian Defense Ministry said that throughout August the militants had been trying to intensify their efforts on the province of Deir ez-Zor

Jailed HDP co-chair self-criticizes own party for ‘problems of seasonal workers’

Jailed Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said his own party has faults in the issue of the problems seasonal workers face, as he commented on the deaths of seven workers in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

Coup defeater commander reshuffled to Army Corps

The Special Forces Commander Lieutenant Gen. Zekai Aksakallı, who commanded anti-coup forces during the July 15 attempt and the Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, was reshuffled to command the Second Army Corps in the western region of Gelibolu.

The appointments that had not come into effect with the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) were announced in the Official Gazette on Aug. 19.

Turkish Interior Ministry reshuffles 22 provincial police chiefs

A total of 22 provincial police chiefs have been reshuffled with a decree issued by the Interior Ministry published in the Official Gazette on Aug. 19.

Assignments and reshuffles have also been made in the Gendarmerie General Command, local authorities, and police department.

Turkey paying the price of terrorist organizations’ instability, Turkish PM says

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Aug. 20. that Turkey is paying the price of terrorist organizations’ instability

Yıldırım was asked at a press conference, whether Turkey would launch an operation toward the Syrian cities Afrin and Idlib.

One ISIL suspect killed, four detained for allegedly planning attack

Turkish security forces on Aug. 19 killed an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) member and detained four others believed to have been planning a bomb attack, local authorities have said.

Istanbul is key to win upcoming election: Erdoğan

It is crucial to raise the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) votes in Istanbul above Turkey’s average to win the upcoming elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, urging his party to double efforts when campaigning.

US does not intend to remain in Syria after defeating ISIL

The United States has no intention to extend its presence in Syria after defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has said, denying the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) comments that U.S. forces may remain in the country with long-term intentions.

CHP leader ready for ‘everything’ ahead of justice meeting

The Turkish president’s statements implying that an ongoing probe into espionage and the leaking of state secret documents to media outlets, dubbed as the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks cases, can also reach the leader of the main opposition, as one party deputy is already behind the bars in the same case, cannot be taken lightly, according to Kılıçdarloğlu.

Qantas chief to campaign for Australia same-sex marriage

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has urged Australians to support same-sex marriage in a looming postal vote.

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