The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed on a 26-article legislative package that would pave the way for formal a pre-election alliance, following a face-to-face meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and MHP head Devlet Bahçeli.
The Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers will meet in Kazakhstan in two weeks to prepare the ground for an upcoming summit in Istanbul on Syria, Russia’s TASS news agency cited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Feb. 19.
The Greek Cypriot administration will not be permitted to continue engaging in unilateral natural gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean without the consent of Turkish Cypriots, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Kudret Özersay has said.
EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said that he does not expect a “perfect” accord on reforming the single currency at an EU summit in June.
China’s tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers’ digital wallets.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a “stern” response to new U.S. tariffs on the South’s exports as concern grew over looming trade restrictions by Washington.
Representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Feb. 20 to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.
Pope Francis backed down Feb. 19 and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions elsewhere.
Four Indonesian men have been arrested over the killing of an orangutan shot some 130 times with an air rifle, police said on Feb. 19, in the latest fatal attack on a critically endangered species.