Archive for November, 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:46pm

Meet the Iranians turned away by Macedonia

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Athens, Greece – Clothes are draped from the windows of the once abandoned Elliniko Olympic Games venue that now serves as a temporary residence for refugees and migrants on the outskirts of the Greek capital. A steady staccato of cheers and arguments rises from the football field, where a group of young men from Iran […]

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:46pm

Predicting Putin’s next move

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As world leaders gather in Paris this week to discuss climate change, many were wondering if a possible meeting between the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would take place. According to Putin’s spokesman it will not. After the downing of the Russian SU-24 jet last week in southern Turkey, […]

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:46pm

Turkish group says Russians targeted bakery in Syria

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A bakery established by one of Turkey’s largest humanitarian organisations, IHH, was targeted by suspected Russian air strikes in Syria’s Idlib province, according to the organisation. Russia was blamed by Syrian opposition activists for the attacks, which left at least  44 people dead on Sunday. IHH said via Twitter on Monday that the bakery, which […]

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:24am

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in East Jerusalem

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Two Palestinian have been killed by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem, with one of them shot dead after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli policeman in the Damascus Gate area . According to Israeli police, the 38-year-old Palestinian from the occupied West Bank ran towards two border police officers with a knife and wounded one before […]

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:24am

Can Turkey and Russia resolve their dispute?

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They are on opposite sides in the war in Syria, but have largely steered clear of each other. That all changed on Tuesday, when Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet – which it says entered its air space and was warned repeatedly. But Russia says its pilots received no warning, and denied straying into […]

Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 3:24am

Greek PM hits out at Turkey over air space ‘violations’

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has criticised remarks by his Greek counterpart, after Alexis Tsipras lashed out at Turkey over “violations” of Greece’s air space, accusing it of creating an “outrageous” and “unbelievable” situation over the Aegean Sea, a gateway to Europe for thousands of refugees fleeing conflict. Tsipras’ comments came in a series of […]

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:26pm

France’s anti-terror measures are unconstitutional

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The immediate reaction of French President Francois Hollande to the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 was to declare a state of emergency; for the fifth time in France’s history and the first time since the riots in the suburbs in 2005. The state of emergency extends the powers of the administrative police, and […]

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:26pm

Moroccan medical students decry working conditions

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Rabat, Morocco – Moroccan medical students have defeated a government plan that would have required them to spend two years in a civil service programme after graduation. After months of protests, striking students signed an agreement this month with the health and higher education ministries that abandoned the mandatory civil service programme, which would have […]

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:26pm

Pope brings unity message to Central African Republic

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Pope Francis has called for unity in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country torn by strife between Christians and Muslims, urging its citizens to “avoid the temptation of fear of others”. The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff arrived on Sunday morning in the capital Bangui, the last leg of a six-day African tour taking him also […]

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 2:09am

Putin orders sanctions against Turkey over jet downing

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Saturday came hours after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced “sadness” over the incident, saying he wished it had not happened. […]

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