Assange’s Father Says WikiLeaks Founder to Die in Jail If Extradited to US

LONDON (Sputnik) - John Shipton, the father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, said he was sure that his son would die in jail if he is extradited to the United States. "There's no doubt that...

Swedish MP Warns of ‘Arabisation’ as Arabic Becomes Main Language in Some Preschools

As Arabic has become the main language at several preschools in Ronneby, Blekinge County, it's led to communication problems between staff and children. Moderate Party MP Hanif Bali tweeted that “Arabisation” is underway. In six...

‘Not Treated Well by India’: US President Donald Trump Hints at Delay in ‘Big...

New Delhi (Sputnik): As India is gearing up to welcome US President Donald Trump on 24 February, there has been skepticism both in New Delhi and Washington about the possible benefits of the high-profile...

EU’s Michel Barnier Rebuffs UK Brexit Negotiator’s Demands for Canada-Style Agreement

Since the UK finally left the European Union at the end of January, London and Brussels now have until December to agree on a deal that will determine their post-divorce relations. Ahead of negotiations,...

Turkey, Russia reiterate their commitment to Idlib deal, Moscow says

Ankara and Moscow have restated their commitment to existing agreements in place to prevent further violence and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria’s Idlib province, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry released the...

France to tighten control over mosques, language courses

France is set to tighten foreign financing of its mosques, end the nomination of imams by foreign countries and withdraw permission for other countries’ control of native language courses, as part of a campaign...

Turkey set to purchase drones, helicopters and air defence systems by year-end

Turkey is slated to pursue an ambitious procurement plan for 2020 as the country recovers entatively from an economic crisis in 2018 and the government spends money fighting wars on multiple fronts, including Iraq...

Libya’s GNA withdraws from peace talks in Geneva

Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), has announced on Tuesday that it has withdrawn from the talks in Geneva to continue ceasefire after the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) targeted a Turkish cargo ship carrying arms at...

Erdoğan again squares off against his nemesis

David Lepeska Few foes of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been able to repeatedly criticise Turkey’s long-time leader and get away with it. His 17 years in power is littered with activists, political opponents, journalists...

Arctic kiss: Two Russian nuclear icebreakers rendezvous in spectacular night-time DRONE FOOTAGE

Two Russian nuclear icebreakers have met up somewhere on the endless white plains of the Arctic Ocean, providing for a sight both spectacular and romantic. The video, posted by Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom, showed its Taymyr and Vaygach icebreakers...

‘Saving the big deal for later’: Trump casts doubt over India trade agreement ahead...

US President Donald Trump said he was skeptical a trade deal would be inked with India when he visits the country later this month, suggesting that any new pact would only come after the...

House prices increase nearly 10 percent

The house price index increased by 9.92 percent in December 2019 from the same month of the previous year, data from the Central Bank have shown. The annual rise in house prices was lower, at 7.2 percent,...

Gov’t, MHP slam ‘new coup’ rumors

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Feb. 18 stressed that coming up with rumors that a new coup attempt in Turkey was underway was a “betrayal to the country.” “If anyone considers a coup d’état, they would see the...

Main opposition leader slams gov’t over economy

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Feb. 18 criticized the government over Turkey’s economic troubles, saying the policies have led to the “impoverishment” of citizens and unemployment to rise. “Let’s talk about today’s Turkey. Why are...

Tripoli government leaves talks after attack

Following an attack on the Port of Tripoli, Libya's UN-recognized government is withdrawing from the UN-hosted military committee talks in Geneva until a determined stance is taken against the violations by warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces. The government denied...

‘They allowed the perfect storm’: UN expert damns New Zealand’s housing crisis

Special rapporteur says successive governments have contributed to what she called a ‘human rights crisis’ Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin – The Guardian United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha said...

Fresh detention warrant for Osman Kavala, hours after acquittal

Istanbul prosecutors have issued a new detention warrant for businessman Osman Kavala, shortly after he was acquitted on terrorism charges in a trial pertaining to the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Police detained Kavala immediately after his release from...

UN chief alarmed by tragic suffering in northwest Syria

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced alarm on Feb. 18 over the humanitarian situation in northwest Syria, where an ongoing offensive has displaced nearly 900,000 civilians since December. Guterres is "alarmed by the rapid deterioration of...

Ankara says ‘return to Sochi deal’ core policy in Syria

Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Feb. 18 that Ankara's policy in Idlib, the restive Syrian province, is based on the 2018 Sochi deal reached with Russia. "Returning to the Sochi deal is the baseline of Turkey's...

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

AFP -Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail. Kavala and eight other defendants were...