Turkish police detain editor of opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper
Oct31

Turkish police detain editor of opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper

Turkish police today detained the editor-in-chief of the opposition secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper and said homes of the paper’s executives and writers were being searched, broadcaster CNN Turk and other media reported. Prosecutors have issued detention warrants for a total of 13 executives and writers at the newspaper including editor Murat Sabuncu and the paper’s chairman, CNN Turk said, adding that one of its writers...

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Russia wants US to live up to promise to separate moderate opposition from terrorists
Oct30

Russia wants US to live up to promise to separate moderate opposition from terrorists

Russia believes that the United States should live up to its promise to separate moderate opposition units from terrorist groups in order to improve the situation in Syria’s Aleppo, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday after a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is the Russian president’s envoy for the Middle East and Africa, and Wolfgang Gehrcke, a German Bundestag (parliament) deputy, a...

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Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup
Oct22

Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup

A furious Venezuelan opposition vowed mass street protests next week, accusing the Socialist government Friday of staging a coup by blocking efforts for a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. With Maduro vowing to hold onto power, his opponents cranked up the heat in a stand-off that is destabilizing the volatile, oil-rich South American state, stricken by food shortages and violent crime. The opposition MUD...

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Venezuela delays state elections to 2017, opposition angry
Oct19

Venezuela delays state elections to 2017, opposition angry

Elections for Venezuela’s state governorships will be held in 2017 rather than December as expected, the election board said on Tuesday, giving the unpopular socialist government more breathing space before going to the polls. Critics say authorities have delayed the state elections – and are also seeking to derail an opposition push for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro – because they are frightened of...

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Diplomat: Russian-US tension stems from failure to separate Syria terrorists, opposition
Oct05

Diplomat: Russian-US tension stems from failure to separate Syria terrorists, opposition

The reason for the tension between Russia and the US over Syria is that “the Americans have been unable to effectively separate the terrorists from the moderates”, Russia’s ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said in an interview with the Brussels-based media platform EurActiv. “Russia and the United States, for all the difficulties and complications over the multi-sided conflict in Syria, have been able to agree...

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