Thursday, Feb 25
Trump vetoes National Defense Authorization Act
US President vetoed the $740-billion defense bill setting policy for the Department of Defense despite its strong support in Congress.
Putin grants lifetime immunity to Russia’s ex-presidents
The new bill will allow him to run for two more six-year terms in the Kremlin if he chooses.
Austrian court lifts headscarf ban in primary schools
Austrian court ruled that the ban on headscarves in primary schools violates the right to freedom of thought, worldview, religion.
TRNC presidency: EU’s stance on Cyprus blows up chance of cooperation
In a written statement, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus said that it was not possible for the EU to undertake a constructive role with this stance.
German government extends arms export ban on Saudi Arabia
Government sources told German media that the German government tightens the ban on Saudi Arabia.
Italian PM says EU has to talk to Turkey with one voice
In the parliament address, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stressed that it's not in EU interests to fuel tensions with Ankara.
German chancellor voices hope for post-Brexit trade deal
Angela Merkel said the EU members were also ready for a no-deal scenario if the British side would raise unacceptable conditions during the negotiations.
US president plans to reduce more troops in Afghanistan
Trump has long criticized the presence of American troops overseas as his aim of divorcing the US from endless wars became his foreign policy.
Nikol Pashinyan says resignation not on agenda
Armenian premier said that war could have been prevented, but we chose to fight against Azerbaijan.
US’ Biden taps senior advisor as chief of staff
Ron Klain was Biden’s vice-presidential chief of staff and was most recently a senior advisor to Biden’s presidential campaign.
TRNC president Ersin Tatar congratulates Joe Biden
Tatar recalled that Biden visited the long-divided island while he served as US vice president.
Biden slams Trump not recognizing his presidential victory
Trump has alleged widespread voter fraud, but neither he nor his campaign has offered anything to substantiate the claim.
Kremlin spokesman: We are waiting for official US election results
Putin had congratulated outgoing US President Donald Trump on his 2016 election victory without waiting for the official results.
Rouhani: Biden should make up for Trump's mistakes
Biden has pledged to rejoin Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with six powers, a deal that was agreed by Washington when he was vice president if Tehran also returns to compliance.
Netanyahu congratulates Joe Biden on election win
Israeli premier’s message came hours after many world leaders had already congratulated Democrat Biden, even as Trump refused to concede and pressed ahead with legal fights against the outcome.
Kamala Harris: First Black, South-Asian American, female vice president
During the 2020 White House race, Joe Biden defeated incumbent Republican President Donald Trump with 290 Electoral College votes.
Kosovo's president resigns to face war crime charges
Hashim Thaci resigned after Prosecutor’s Office accepts war crimes indictment.
Biden wins Wisconsin with its 10 electoral votes
According to the reports, Joe Biden brought his Electoral College total to 248 after garnering 49,6% of votes in the state.
As vote counting continues, Democrats likely to keep House
In the Senate, 47 seats were projected to be controlled by Republicans and 46 by Democrats as of 4.00 a.m. on the US East Coast.
Trump declares premature victory: We did win this election
US Senator known for his anti-Turkey remarks wins re-election
Twitter puts warning label on Trump’s tweet
In his tweet, Trump accused Democrats of trying to steal the election, said: Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”
Joe Biden addresses nation: It ain’t over until every vote is counted
The Democratic nominee said he believed he was on track to win the election in a speech in Wilmington after midnight on Election Day
69 percent of American Muslims vote for Biden in US elections
French government recalls envoy in Turkey
According to a statement from Elysee Palace, Herve Magro, French ambassador to Turkey, recalled for consultations.
Trump, Biden come together at final presidential debate
Trump has repeatedly interrupted Biden, so each candidate’s microphone was switched off while his opponent made a statement on a topic.
NATO chief hails Turkey, Greece meeting at headquarters
Jens Stoltenberg said that one of the advantages of NATO was that they provide a platform for the allies to meet and to discuss on a daily basis.
Iran, Russia try to meddle in 2020 election, intelligence agencies say
US intelligence agencies previously said that Iran might interfere to hurt Trump and that Russia was trying to help him in the election.
EU diplomat wants constructive talks with Turkish Cyprus’ leader
Prime Minister Ersin Tatar won Sunday's presidential runoff in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with 51.74 percent of the votes.
Trump seeks campaign boost in Pennsylvania
Trump has gained some ground on Biden in Pennsylvania, according to polls released on Monday, which showed the challenger leading by 49% to 45%, slightly narrower than a week earlier.
New Turkish Cypriot president receives certificate
Premier Ersin Tatar becomes new president of Northern Cyprus
Greece avoids holding exploratory talks with Turkey
Aliyev: Turkey must be involved in the solution process
EU foreign ministers gather to discuss ties with Russia
Last week, Germany and France accused Russia of being behind the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Turkish FM meets his Greek counterpart over E. Mediterranean
The visits came after Turkey and Greece reached a common understanding on general principles on the Eastern Mediterranean in meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels last week.
Kuwait's parliament praises new crown prince
According to the state-run Kuwait News Agency, all 59 members who attended a special parliament session voted in favor of Sheikh Mishaal.
EU foreign policy chief' says bloc to work together with Turkey
Josep Borrell said that the EU will keep working with Turkey to resolve conflicts such as in Upper Karabakh.
We are ready for dialogue with Turkey, Mitsotakis says
Merkel urges EU to have positive agenda' with Turkey
Putin, Macron hold phone call over Upper Karabakh
The EU, Russia, and NATO have earlier called for an immediate halt to the clashes along the frontier.
EU leaders gather at summit to discuss Turkey, E. Mediterranean
In recent weeks, EU diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, underlined the importance of multi-dimensional relations between EU and Turkey.
Merkel warns EU leaders on balanced policy towards Turkey
Azerbaijani president thanks Turkey for its support
Ilham Aliyev welcomed President Erdoğan's call to end the occupation in Upper Karabakh.
President Erdoğan, UK’s Johnson talk about E. Mediterranean
Turkey's Communications Directorate reported that the Turkish leader said Johnson that Turkey and UK have mutual interest on the Eastern Mediterranean.
Aliyev, Macron hold phone calss on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict
According to the official statement, the Azerbaijani President emphasized that the Armenian administration is responsible for all the events.
Azerbaijan calls int’l community to condemn Armenia
Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, has been under illegal Armenian occupation since 1991.
Trump: US to try to end Armenian violence
Turkish FM slams US House Speaker over her anti-Turkey remarks
NATO chief holds phone call with Greece's Mitsotakis
NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg welcomed recent announcement that Greece and Turkey to hold exploratory diplomatic talks.
Iranian FM says Iran coordinates steps in Syria with Russia, Turkey
The Astana peace process to end the Syrian conflict was launched in January 2017 by Turkey, Russia, and Iran.
Lebanese president calls for end to Israeli violations
Michel Aoun urged the international community to help the return of Syrian refugees.
Turkey records 1,027 recoveries from virus over past 24 hours
According to the Turkish Health Ministry, the death toll reached 7,711.
NATO chief hails Turkish-Greek agreement for exploratory talks
At the UN Security Council, Turkey has called for dialogue to ensure fair sharing of the resources to reduce tensions in the region.
Palestinian foreign ministry hails Erdoğan’s criticism of UN
"Turkey will not support any plan that the Palestinian people do not give consent to," the Turkish leader said in his speech au UN Security Council.
Macron supports President Erdoğan on E.Med talks
Merkel says UN needs reforms to handle global challenges
World leaders are marking the UN’s founding anniversary virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UAE crown prince in talks with Washington over transferring US base
Turkish, US firms to hold conference on economic relations
According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the trade volume between the two countries hit $9.8 billion in January-June, up from $9.2 in the same period last year.
Turkey-Greece continue technical talks at NATO
Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that the meeting in Brussels aimed at reducing risks in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Top diplomats mark 90th anniversary of Turkey, Lithuania relations
The overall volume of trade between Turkey and Lithuania in 2018 was recorded at $687 million, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
EU Commission head stresses dialogue in E. Mediterranean
EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that Turkey's return of the ship to port created 'much-needed space for dialogue' over Eastern Mediterranean.
Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state
Barbados, a former British colony, has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as having some other countries that were once part of the British empire.
Palestinians decry Israel's normalization deal with Arab countries
"Such deals would enable Israel to escalate atrocities against Palestinians and carry out crimes including the policy of ethnic cleansing," the Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman said.
Turkish, Greek military delegations ready to begin NATO talks
Turkish Defense Ministry announced that the meeting at NATO headquarters aimed at reducing risks in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Mitsotakis says Greece is ready to start talks with Turkey
Turkish FM, US Secretary discuss E. Mediterranean
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s meeting with Mike Pompeo came after Pompeo’s controversial visit to the Greek Cypriot administration.
UN says migrant pushbacks violate law
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that reports require independent verification.
US Secretary voices support for Greek Cypriot administration
Greek Prime Minister says ready to talk with Turkey if tension eased
Turkey has repeatedly stressed its willingness to enter negotiations without preconditions.
Oman hails Bahrain-Israel normalization deal
On Friday, Israel and Bahrain agreed to establish full diplomatic relations in a second breakthrough between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
We seek to re-engage with Turkey in good faith, Macron says
Macron calls Europe to unity on Mediterranean conflict
Netanyahu discusses new Israel-UAE deal with Egypt's Sisi
On Aug. 13, the UAE and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize their relations, including opening embassies in each other's territory.
French foreign minister criticizes UK on Brexit efforts
The UK officially broke away from the EU at midnight on Jan. 31 after four years of lengthy and at times unyielding and turbulent discussions.
China rejects India's claims on border violation
Two countries are witnessing a heightened face-off along the LAC in the Ladakh region of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in May.
Japan's new premier to be determined in mid-September
According to local daily Mainichi, current government Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, 71, Sunday “decided to a run for the leadership of the LDP”.
NATO chief urges Lukashenko to respect fundamental rights
Alexander Lukashenko has faced more than two weeks of mass demonstrations against his 26-year-old rule since the election.
Trump to nominate acting secretary as head of Homeland Security
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced on Tuesday that he would nominate the Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf to permanently serve in the role.
Rouhani urges US on nuclear deal
Last week the United States moved to reinstate global U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo.
German FM calls for dialogue between Turkey, Greece
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas set to visit Ankara and Athens to discuss the latest tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
Putin, Lukashenko hold phone call over Belarus crisis
According to Kremlin’s statement, the two sides agreed on further regular contact at various levels and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening allied relations.
Greek PM's national security adviser resigns
Chinese gov't suspends Hong Kong-US cooperation
Earlier on Thursday, Hong Kong strongly condemned the US move to end three bilateral agreements with the city government.
Democrat Joe Biden officially nominated for president
British government resumes lockdown easing
Last month, amid rising case numbers, Johnson said there was a warning light on the dashboard and paused the reopening of entertainment places.
Report shows Netanyahu secretly visited UAE
A report published by the daily Israel Today quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that the delegation will meet top UAE government officials to finalize preparations for signing of agreement.
Turkish Defense Minister meets Azerbaijani president
Hulusi Akar stressed that Azerbaijan was not alone and Turkey would continue to support Azerbaijan in its just struggle against Armenian attacks.
Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as vice president
According to the polls, nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approved of Harris as Biden’s pick.
EU ministers to discuss sanctions against Belarus
Any decision on sanctions requires agreement by all 27 EU member states, meaning no imminent move is expected.
Chinese ministry slams US Secretary over political lies
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao also slammed Washington for unilaterally withdrawing from World Health Organization.
Berlin slams US over its threats on Nord Stream 2 port
Germany- US relations have reached a post-World War II low as the Merkel government has repeatedly faced the wrath of Trump over a range of issues.
China announces new sanctions for US lawmakers
The new sanctions of the 11 US citizens is the latest in a tit-for-tat round of measures between China and US over accusations of interference.
Sources report Lebanese gov’t intends to resign
On Monday, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm resigned, in the third government resignation amid public anger over last week’s explosions at the Beirut port.
Official says Israel ready for war with Lebanon
Speaking to the reporters on Monday, the country's Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Hezbollah leader was Israel's biggest enemy.
Trump interrupts press briefing after reporter fact checks him
Iraqi PM to meet Trump to discuss bilateral relations
The visit will be the first by Mustafa al-Kadhimi since he was elected prime minister in April.
Russia interfering upcoming elections, US intelligence says
Greece's ex-foreign minister criticizes maritime deal with Egypt
Nikos Kotzias also said the deal Greece made, as with Italy, weakens every future negotiating position with Albania and much more with Turkey.
Trump says Biden opposes God and Bible
Putin to discuss Wagner mercenaries with Belarusian president
Two leaders agreed to thoroughly examine facts related to arrest of 33 Russians in Belarus.
Macron tries to legitimate interfering in Lebanon
Turkey, Azerbaijan continue large-scale joint tactical exercises
Air combat drills involving jets and helicopters will continue in Baku, Nakhchivan, Ganja, Kurdamir, and Yevlakh until Aug. 10.
Trump claims he has right to stop mail-in voting
Trump has long claimed that mail-in ballots will lead to fraud and compromise the integrity and transparency of the election.
Trump calls for delay to November presidential election
UK's Johnson defends latest travel advice for Spain
Last week, Britain changed its travel advice for the whole of Spain, and said all non-essential travel to the country should be avoided.
Libyan PM says cease-fire should ensure no threats
Fayez al-Sarraj’s UN-recognized government has said a lasting cease-fire depends on forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar withdrawing from strategic positions.
Germany rejects US proposal for Russia’s return to G7
Germany has rejected a proposal by Trump to invite Putin back into the Group of Seven most advanced economies.
Germany, France to get more funds frum recovery deal
EU heads of state and government reached last Tuesday a deal on the bloc’s budget after four days of intense negotiations.
Iran warns UN chief on political action after plane cut off
The Mahan Air flight bound for Beirut was allegedly intercepted by two fighter planes in Syrian air space.
EP disapproves cuts in migration funds
Parliamentary groups said more money was needed to develop a stronger European coastguard, for health protection, research and development.
China retaliates over US’s Houston move
New York City Mayor determined to take Trump to court
Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday he would immediately take President Donald Trump to court if he followed through on his plan to send federal law enforcement to U.S. cities including New York.
President Erdoğan discusses bilateral relations with Merkel
An official statement said that Erdoğan and Merkel also held talks on the Libya issue.
Trump aims to bar undocumented immigrants in House seat allocation
According to US laws, non-citizens are not granted the right to vote in the US.
Iran plans to renew long-term deal with Russia
According to the reports, the deal pertains to a series of petrochemical and weapons deals signed by the two sides in 2001.
Report released on Russian interference in UK referandum
It said there were open source indications that Russia had sought to influence the Brexit campaign but that hard evidence had not been produced.
China slams UK’s interference in Hong Kong affairs
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons that the government had agreed to suspend the extradition treaty immediately and indefinitely.
EU leaders reach deal on coronavirus recovery fund
Egyptian Parliament approves intervening in Libya
EU leaders to meet for 4th day to negotiate recovery package
The president of the European Council is expected to present this afternoon a new proposal that might satisfy all parties by offering a maximum of €390 billion in grants.
Trump attacks his Democratic rival, calls him mentally shot
Israeli gov’t approves EastMed gas pipeline project
Prior to the signing of the agreement, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci condemned the project, stressing that it contradicts geographical facts and is decided on purely political concerns.
Russians march in support of detained governor
Sergei Furgal was taken to Moscow last week, where he is now in pre-trial detention after being charged with involvement in organizing the murder of multiple businessmen 15 years ago.
Austrian PM says he expects new proposals
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants the EU recovery fund to be smaller.
Biden: Russia continues to try to meddle in US elections
Russia, China vetoes in UN Security Council aided Assad
Russian spokesman says Hagia Sophia status change benefits tourists
Dmitry Peskov praised the relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the two leaders share a similar style of working.
UK claims Russia interfered in 2019 general election
In a written statement, the Foreign Secretary said that the government has concluded that it is almost certain that Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 general elections.
Presidents of Russia, Iran discuss nuclear deal
Signed between Iran and the US, UK, France, China, Russia, Germany, the deal curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Azerbaijan president slams Armenia
A total of 11 Azerbaijani soldiers have been martyred, including high-ranking officers, and another four wounded in fighting with Armenian forces since Sunday.
US plays key role in convincing UK to ban Huawei
Trump on Tuesday said that he did the Huawei ban himself.
China imposes retaliatory sanctions after US’ Hong Kong response
Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing will impose sanctions against US individuals and entities in response to the law targeting banks.
North Macedonia heads to the polls
The country was set to hold snap polls on April 12, but they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Macron defends new interior minister accused of rape
Merkel refuses to endorse Bavarian state premier as successor
German Chancellor’s visit to Bavaria had sparked speculations that premier Markus Soeder could become the candidate for the Merkel's seat.
UN voices concern over Azerbaijan-Armenia border tensions
In response to Armenia's weekend attack on civilian regions, the Azerbaijani army launched counterattacks Monday with cannon shots.
Merkel voices support for EU’s revised recovery plan
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Berlin ahead of a key summit of EU leaders starting on Friday in Brussels.
President Erdoğan, Putin discuss Libya over phone
According to an official statement, two leaders agreed to maintain coordination for regional peace, security, and stability.
US regrets foreign interference in Libya's economy
US embassy expressed determination to continue to work to protect Libya’s sovereignty and support a Libyan consensus on the transparent management of oil and gas revenues.
Poland's Duda declares victory in presidential race
Andrzej Duda, the conservative incumbent, has won the presidential election, results from over 99 percent of polling stations show.
Poland begins voting in 2nd round of presidential elections
Poles are voting in a knife-edge presidential election that has highlighted the country’s deep political divisions.
Britain seeks to cut taxes for Brexit adaptation
The plan aims to encourage firms to establish new factories and processing sites in the country.
North Korea slams UK for sanctions on organisations
The country denounced Britain for sanctions on organizations accused of links to prison camps.
Trump rejects US's NATO withdrawal claims
China hits back at US sanctions
The US Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned the Communist Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Chen Quanguo.
Top US court lets prosecutor get Trump’s financial records
France's new interior minister accused of sex crimes
Criticism over Gerald Darmanin's appointment -- much of it by women and feminist groups -- is being leveled against new Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is responsible for the choice.
Merkel urges for coronavirus challenge
“I deliberately chose to come to the heart of European democracy,” Merkel said, marking her visit to Brussels, her first foreign trip since the outbreak.
French PM signals for new lockdown measures
Jean Castex, who was a civil servant and used to be an adviser to former President Nicolas Sarkozy, was appointed prime minister on Friday.
UN report says Russian acts in Idlib amount to war crimes
The report said that Syrian children, women, and men endured “unfathomable suffering” during the military campaign of late 2019 by Assad regime forces
China joins global arms trade treaty at UN
China was the fifth-largest global arms exporter between 2014 and 2018, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
EU Commission: Union set for worse recession than expected
Pompeo: US looking at banning TikTok app
Turkish Defense chief calls EU to be objective
Referring to the recent tensions with France, Hulusi Akar said he informed EU chief about the issue and revealed France’s allegations do not reflect the reality.
New ministers reappointed in cabinet reshuffle
They will convene in their first Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday.
Iranian lawmakers sign letter to summon Rouhani
China urges Canada to stop interfering in domestic affairs
The new security law was unanimously passed by China’s National People’s Congress last week and made part of the statute by President Xi Jinping on July 1.
North Korean diplomat rejects talks with US
Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters on Thursday that the president might seek another summit with Kim as an “October Surprise” ahead of the election.
Russian commission approves constitutional vote
Russia’s constitution allows for two consecutive terms for the president, but the amendments would hit the reset button, allowing Putin two additional possible six-year terms.
French prime minister resigns, presidency announces
Merkel warns effects of pandemic is not yet over
Germany rejects Israel’s annexation plan
German parliamentarians warned of the danger of new tensions in the Middle East.
Russian voters approve of constitutional changes
UK: New law is serious violation of Hong Kong treaty
EU warns China over Hong Kong national security law
Last week, the European Parliament called on the EU to file a lawsuit against China at the International Court of Justice for not respecting its international obligations.
China passes Hong Kong national security law
The new law expected to come into effect on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of the city’s handover to China from British rule.
EU extends sanctions against Russia for six months
Democrat Biden leads Trump by 14 points in new poll
Turkey slams Macron’s remarks on Libya
Foreign Ministry spokesman urged France and Macron to stop risking the security and future of Libya, Syria, and the Eastern Mediterranean and instead use existing channels of dialogue.
Macron criticizes Turkey on Libya
Turkey has provided air support to help the legitimate Libyan government against coupist Khalifa Haftar forces.
High-level meeting held between China and EU
EU officials raised concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, including the treatment of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet and restrictions on fundamental freedoms.
North Korea to send millions of leaflets to South Korea
According to state media, Pyongyang is preparing to send around 12 million propaganda leaflets to South Korea using 3,000 balloons.
Trump signals possible meeting with Venezuela's Maduro
China to prosecute Canadian diplomats for spying
State media reported that formal proceedings against two Canadian diplomats had begun in Beijing and Dandong, a city on the border with North Korea.
Macron makes first foreign trip since virus lockdown
Turkish FM slams Haftar regime
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu emphasized that there is still no cease-fire in Libya even after the efforts carried out in Moscow and Berlin because of Haftar's attitude.
Turkish delegation visits Libya
Turkish Foreign Minister said that the purpose of visit to show Turkey's solidarity with Libya.
Germany urges EU countries for no-deal preparations
Britain left the European Union on Jan. 31 and their relationship is governed by a transition arrangement that keeps previous rules in place while new terms are negotiated.
Russia, Turkey, Iran plan to hold summit on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that President Erdoğan, Pand Rouhani to hold videoconference on Syria, right before the face-to-face meeting in Tehran.