• Kurdish PKK maintains peace process with Turkey
    6:38 PM

    Istanbul, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has backtracked on its threat to end the peace process with the Turkish government if Ankara did not take certain steps, the founder of the guerrilla group, Abdullah Ă–calan, said in a statement Wednesday in the Hurriyet newspaper. “It is our

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  • Turkey still negotiating on Kurdish Peshmerga help for Kobane
    5:58 PM

    Ankara, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) The Turkish government is still negotiating permission for the Kurdish Peshmerga troops from Iraq to cross through its territory to aid the Syrian city of Kobane which has been besieged for weeks by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Turkish media reported Wednesday. “Talks about their

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  • Turkish, German football fans face off in Istanbul
    5:57 PM

    Ankara, Oct 22 (IANS) Football fans of Turkish club Galatasaray and German side Borussia Dortmund were reported to have broken out into a fight near Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, ahead of the two team’s Group D clash in the Champions League Wednesday. A quarrel erupted when the rivals

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  • Iran supports Iraq’s new government: supreme leader
    5:39 AM

    Tehran, Oct 22 (IANS) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government. The current situation in Syria and Iraq is the result of “irresponsible policies” of some trans-regional powers and some regional countries, Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi

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  • India ready for agreements on nuclear no first use
    5:39 AM

    United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Reiterating its policy of not using nuclear weapons first and not targeting non-nuclear weapons nations, India has offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles. “As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use

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  • IAEA confirms Iran’s commitment to n-deal
    5:18 PM

    Tehran, Oct 21 (IANS) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a new report confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with the six world powers last year. The monthly update report by the IAEA indicated that the Iran is continuing to meet its commitments under

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  • Iranian cleric tones down warning to women following acid attacks
    9:40 PM

    Tehran, Oct 20 (IANS/EFE) A prominent cleric in Isfahan, Mohamad Tagui Rahbar, said Monday that when he recently issued a warning to improperly veiled women he meant to do it with words, not with acid, following several attacks that have disfigured women in the central Iranian city. “I did not

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  • Turkey on high alert against Ebola at border crossing
    9:56 PM

    Ankara, Oct 19 (IANS) Turkey has taken necessary measures against the deadly Ebola virus at Kapikule crossing of its border with Bulgaria, a high-ranking Turkish official said Sunday. A well-trained medical team is located at the border crossing to prevent the ingress of Ebola as part of a national action

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  • Turkey’s Erdogan rejects arm transfer to Syrian Kurdish party
    6:56 PM

    Ankara, Oct 19 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday rejected the notion of allowing the transfer of arms to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, saying it is a “terrorist group”. “The PYD, for us, is equal with the outlawed Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK). It is a

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  • Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guards’ deaths
    4:43 PM

    Tehran, Oct 19 (IANS) Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards along the Pakistani border, media reported. On Saturday night, Rasoul Eslami, foreign ministry director general for West Asian affairs, protested against the fact that Pakistani territory is

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  • Iran warns action if Pakistan fails to secure border
    10:58 AM

    Tehran, Oct 17 (IANS) Iran will step in to contain terrorists if Pakistan fails to secure its borders and prevent terrorists from slipping into the country, media reported. “Iran will step in to contain terrorists if Pakistan fails to secure border,” FARS news agency quoted Brigadier General Hossein Salami of

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  • Fighting IS: Turkey boosts security along Syrian border
    10:08 PM

    Ankara, Oct 16 (IANS) Turkey is further boosting security measures along the Turkish-Syrian border in a bid to confront threats from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria by sending military tanks to southeastern Turkey, media reported Thursday. A shipment of military vehicles was delivered from Gaziantep province to

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