Turkey and Iraq have vowed to improve bilateral relations in all fields, including the economy, energy and security matters, two foreign ministers announced, despite ongoing problems regarding water sharing and the presence of Turkish troops and outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have “given a green light” to the right-wing nationalist Great Union Party (BBP) to join their alliance, and are waiting to see whether the small religious Felicity Party (SP) also joins them, according to anonymous sources.
The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is playing an active role in Turkey’s “Olive Branch” military operation into the Syrian province of Afrin, according to security sources.
Special “conquest” prayers were held across all of Turkey’s 90,000 mosques on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 for the victory of the country’s military, which launched a cross border operation in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Jan. 20 against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, announced Jan. 18 it struck a deal with Airbus to purchase 20 A380 aircraft with the option to buy 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets.
Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country’s new tax law.
China’s economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010 despite its battles against a massive debt and polluting factories, official data showed on Jan. 18.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Jan. 17 said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests.
The number of births in China fell last year even though the world’s most populous country has relaxed its one-child policy to allow all couples to have two children.
Britain and France on Jan. 18 signed a new deal to boost border security after a request by French President Emmanuel Macron, concerned at the number of migrants in Calais trying to reach British shores.
NATO’s secretary-general urged Macedonia on Jan. 18 to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed.