Iran expert: Trump must keep threat to nix nuke deal to get E.U. help

Landau urged the US not to lower its standards in any negotiations about limiting Iranian ballistic missile tests. By Yonah Jeremy Bob Unless the Trump administration keeps a threat hanging over the Europeans about quitting...

Erdoğan says measures will be taken against child abuse, adultery

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his government will take stringent measures and impose heavy penalties against child abusers and that cases of adultery will be considered to be at the same level...

Iran Vows to ‘Level Tel Aviv’ if Israel Attacks Iranian Targets

An Iranian leader issued a warning on Monday that it would answer any “unwise moves” against them from Israel with crushing force. The comment comes as tensions between the arch-rival nations continue to ratchet...

4 journalists receive sentences of up to 9 years in prison

An Adana court has handed down prison sentences varying from seven years, six months to nine years to four journalists on charges of membership in the Gülen movement, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding...

Chief justice confirms attempted bribery in Case 1207

Esther Hayut tells police former District Court Judge Hila Gerstel confided in her that during her candidacy for the post of state attorney, a PM associate approached her indirectly to offer the position on...

Syrian woman returns to live in Turkey’s Gaziantep despite getting ‘refugee status’ in Germany

Syrian woman has returned to Turkey despite being granted refugee status in Germany, saying life in Germany “did not turn out the way she expected.” The 32-year-old woman, only identified as Dima, was born in...

Turkey declares 2018 ‘year of the battle against child labor’

The Prime Ministry on Feb. 20 published a memorandum declaring 2018 to be the “year of the battle against child labor,” aiming to raise awareness of the globally and nationally wide-spread, systematic victimization of...

Damascus’ Entry Into Afrin Fight ‘a Lesson to Kurds in Who They Can Count...

Kurdish forces in Syria and the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad agreed on a plan to allow Syrian government forces into Syria’s Afrin district, currently held by Kurdish forces, this week to...

Reports about striking deal between Syrian regime and YPG on Afrin are propaganda: Presidential...

Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Feb. 20 that reports about striking a deal between the Syrian regime and People’s Protection Units (YPG) are propaganda. “It is clear that the reports about striking a deal...

AKP, MHP to press button for ‘People’s Alliance’

The pre-election alliance to be formed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will be called the “People’s Alliance,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, one day...

Turkey will soon besiege Afrin as new phase of Operation Olive Branch begins: Erdoğan

The Turkish military will soon lay siege to the city of Afrin in northern Syria as a new phase of “Operation Olive Branch” begins, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated, amid speculation that pro-Syrian...

North Korea cancelled Mike Pence meeting last minute, White House says

Officials ‘dangled’ face-to-face talks at Winter Olympics, which collapsed after vice-president condemned human rights record David Smith in Washington North Korean officials “dangled” a historic meeting with the US vice-president Mike Pence during the Winter Olympics...

Turkish government to impose ‘harshest penalties,’ new measures for child abusers

New administrative measures and legal regulations that target child abusers, together with the “harshest penalties,” will be implemented soon, the Turkish government has stated. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s parliamentary group...

Trump orders ‘bump stock’ ban but indicates no stronger action on gun control

The announcement falls far short of demands from students who survived the Florida massacre and are pushing for a ban on assault rifles David Smith in Washington and Lois Beckett in New York Donald Trump has...

CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu to Çavuşoğlu: Are you foreign minister or translator?

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has blasted Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for serving as interpreter for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a lengthy meeting with President Recep Tayyip...

Turkey made a mistake by not criminalizing adultery to join EU: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the government was wrong to shelve an attempt to criminalize adultery and extra-marital sex (zina) in 2004, an issue that caused a major row between Turkey and the...

Abbas Leaves UNSC After Palestinian Statehood Call Rather than Hear US Response

During a speech before the UN Security Council (UNSC), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walked out on US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s rebuttal to his speech - provoking a sharp rebuke from the...

Police Name Netanyahu Aides, Bezeq Officials in Graft Probe

By Yaacov Benmeleh Israeli investigators identified seven people linked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s largest telecommunications company who have been arrested in a new probe of alleged influence-trading that’s moved close to...

Lawyers for Hariri assassination suspect calls for acquittal

Source: Associated Press LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands: Lawyers for one of four alleged Hezbollah members accused of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri called Tuesday on judges at a U.N.-backed tribunal...

Aoun visits Iraq, vows to confront Israeli threats

The increasingly volatile geopolitical standoff has raised concerns among the international community, with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressing unease over the possibility of a direct confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah. by Georgi Azar BEIRUT: President...