Turkey’s Global Ports inks deal to run Havana’s cruise ship port

Turkey’s Global Ports Holding (GPH) has announced it has signed a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban company Aries S.A. for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba. The agreement will also see a...

Disagreements begin to emerge between Moscow, Tehran regarding Syria

According to a report, sources close to the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow identified previous Israeli raids on Iranian positions in central Syria, "but did not respond." By Herb Keinon Small cracks in ties...

Turkey to review economic, trade ties with Israel after June elections: Erdoğan

With the decision of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to impose an embargo on Israeli products, Turkey will also review its economic ties with Israel after the upcoming early June 24 elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 20. “I hope the OIC counties...

OSCE to deploy 350 observers for Turkey’s snap election on June 24

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is planning to deploy 28 long-term and 350 short-term observers to follow Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. “In addition to a core team of experts, the...

Emirates NBD buys Turkey’s Denizbank for $3.2 bln from Sberbank

Dubai’s biggest lender Emirates NBD has agreed to buy Turkey’s Denizbank from Russia’s state-owned Sberbank for $3.2 billion to help establish itself as a leading bank in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Denizbank CEO Hakan Ateş has said the top management will remain and...

Sadr’s Election Victory Exposes Failure of US Master Plan for Iraq – Analysts

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The victory of Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq’s national election demonstrated the complete failure of the wars that the United States has waged in the country and of its nation-building policies there...

AKP’s economy team will not run for Parliament

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated the majority of the current Cabinet for the next Parliament, except for those who are responsible for the economy, including deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek and Economy Minister Nihat...

Turkey supports Palestinian bid to try Israel at international court: Çavuşoğlu

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on May 22 that Israel will “give an account” over the killing of more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza last week, vowing that Turkey supports Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki’s taking...

IDF strikes underground Hamas terror target, seaport in Gaza

"The Hamas terror organization is accountable for all threats originating from the Gaza Strip, above and below ground." Israeli Air Force jets targeted underground terror infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning,...

You will tweet freely if I am elected: CHP candidate İnce

Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has vowed to liberate Twitter from content removal requests in Turkey and reopen Wikipedia in the country. “You will tweet freely. I will open Wikipedia. I will...

Erdoğan voices support for Iran nuclear deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has voiced support for the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, despite the U.S. decision to withdraw from it. "As Turkey, we do not accept re-igniting issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, that...

Turkish Lira hits new record low after Fitch’s statement

The Turkish Lira has slid to a fresh historic low of 4.66 against the dollar following a statement from the credit rating agency Fitch on May 22. “Comments from the Turkish president raise the possibility that discretionary...

Total Liberation of Damascus Makes Refugee Return, Normal Life Possible

On Monday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took full control of Damascus - city, suburbs and countryside - for the first time since the civil war began seven years ago. Sputnik spoke to Rick...

Pompeo Says Iran Conducts Assassinations in Europe, Bewilders Experts, Exiles

During his major Iran speech, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Tehran of conducting “assassination operations” in Europe, surprising both security experts and Iranian emigrants. Speaking on May 21 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, Pompeo...

Gavin Grimm trans bathroom lawsuit backed by federal judge

A US judge has ruled that federal law protects a transgender student's right to use the bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. In the latest legal twist to a long-running case, a Virginia court rejected...

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up

A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child sexual abuse will step down from his position. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, South Australia, was found guilty of covering up the crimes of a...

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators

Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was deliberately brought down by the pilot. Recent speculation that the jet was the subject of a "controlled ditching" into the sea was...

Merkel seeks united front with China amid Trump trade fears

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world’s biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran’s nuclear deal. Finding a common...

Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may be delayed

US President Donald Trump has said there is a "very substantial chance" a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un next month may not happen. He said the North must meet conditions for the summit...

U.S. Coalition: If Iraq Asks Us to Leave, Our Leaders Must Make ‘Right Decision’

By Tom O'Connor The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) said Tuesday that it only planned on staying in Iraq as long as it was welcome after an opponent of foreign military presence...