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Iran holds naval drills in mouth of the Gulf and Indian Ocean

As tensions rise between the US and Iran, Tehran has begun its first big war games since President Donald Trump took office. The two-day military exercises are to cover an area of two million square kilometers.

Navalny: ‘My name will be on the ballot’

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has opened his Yekaterinburg campaign headquarters with an eye to the 2018 election. He tells DW his campaign for the Russian presidency will go on, despite his latest conviction.

Turkey builds more than half of Syrian border wall

Turkey has completed more than half of a planned 511-kilometer wall along its border with Syria. The government says it will improve security, but rights groups warn refugees fleeing war will be stuck on the Syrian side.

HRW’s Shakir: Democratic values deteriorating in Israel

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem has denied HRW regional director Omar Shakir a visa. He tells DW why this puts Israel in the same category as Cuba and North Korea.

US slams Russia over increased violence in Ukraine

An upsurge in fighting has resulted in increased casualties among Ukrainian soldiers, and restrictions on OSCE monitors. The US is calling on Russia to honor the Ukraine ceasefire under the Minsk agreements.

Le Pen Boosts Victory Chances in 1st Round of French Presidential Elections

French voter support for National Front party leader Marine Le Pen has grown since January, but the right-wing candidate is still likely to lag behind in the second round of the upcoming presidential elections, the latest poll showed on Sunday.

Senior Chinese diplomat to visit US

A top Chinese diplomat will be visiting the United States this week to become Beijing’s first and highest-level official to visit America since President Donald Trump took office.

Syrian Army Seizes Key Height From Daesh Near Palmyra

The Syrian army has retaken a strategic height from Daesh terrorists to the southeast of Palmyra, local media said Monday.

Human Rights Watch condemns Trump for ‘discrediting, harassing’ his critics

A prominent US human rights group has criticized President Donald Trump for his campaign to “discredit, harass, and intimidate” his critics, comparing the new American leader to “demagogues in other countries.”

Trump Wants to Boost Defense Spending in New Budget

US President Donald Trump plans to order US government agencies to produce a new budget which will include significant defense spending hikes, local media said.

Explosion leaves four policemen injured in Bahrain: Interior Ministry

Manama says at least four Bahraini officers have been wounded as an explosion ripped through a police bus south of the capital.

Homemade bomb explodes in Indonesian city, one attacker killed

An armed man has set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in the courtyard of a government building in the Indonesian city of Bandung but has been killed in a shootout with police afterwards.

US to resume military drills with Egypt: CENTCOM chief

The administration of US President Donald Trump intends to resume major military drills with Egypt, according to the head of the Central Command, amid concerns that the  Middle Eastern country is tilting towards Russia.

New Turkish tourism campaign to kick off in Germany

A new campaign urging Turks living abroad to spend vacations and hold weddings in Turkey will kick off in Germany next month, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry said Feb. 25, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.      

Top US commander for Mideast visits SDF in Syria

The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria on Feb. 24 to meet a U.S.-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), officials said.

Turkish leaders meet for second time in week with Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani on Feb. 26 for the second time in a week.

Parliament already lost its authorities in de facto way: Main opposition leader

The Turkish parliament’s authorities have already been taken out of its hand in a “de facto way” as the state of emergency decree laws are being used for random cases, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, signaling that proposed amendments to be voted in an April referendum would pave the way for the intensification of this trend. 

International talks on Syria conflict settlement may take up to several months — source More:

According to a source, Staffan de Mistura views the current round of international talks in Geneva as a foundation for the future debates on the tasks regarding political settlement

GENEVA, February 27. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura believes that talks of international negotiators on the Syrian settlement will last for several months with certain breaks held between the ongoing negotiations, a source close to the situation told TASS.

Turkey will get rid of terror with new charter: PM Yıldırım

All terror organizations targeting Turkey will be eliminated with the help of the new constitution if it is approved by the public in an April 16 referendum, Turkey’s prime minister has said. 

Turkish FM says Greece should not try Turkey’s patience, calls counterpart ‘spoiled child’

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has warned Greece not to try the country’s patience amid fresh tension between the two countries over remarks by Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias, which he described as “provocative.”

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