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Iran's parliament approved a historic nuclear deal with world powers on Oct. 13, effectively ending debate among lawmakers over the agreement and paving the way for its formal implementation.
Police in Kosovo fired tear gas on Oct. 12 on dozens of protesters who threw stones and smashed windows after a leading opposition MP was taken in for questioning.
US-led coalition forces parachuted in ammunition to rebels in Syria on Oct. 12, stepping up their support for groups battling jihadists as regime troops fought their fiercest clashes in weeks, aided by Russian air strikes.
The European Union agreed on Oct. 12 to suspend sanctions against the regime of Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko after he won a fifth term as president, even though observers said the poll was flawed.
The United States’ “train and equip” program for rebels in Syria “did not work,” President Barack Obama admitted in a TV interview broadcast late on Oct. 11, adding that the existence of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad prevented rebels from focusing on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes fought their fiercest clashes with rebels in weeks on Oct. 12 as Russia’s air force hit 53 targets in the country in 24 hours, Moscow has said
Russia has delayed a planned observation flight over Turkey upon a received request from Turkish authorities, Interfax reported on Oct. 12, citing the Russian Defense Ministry
Syria-based missile systems harassed four Turkish F-16 warplanes near the border between the two countries on Oct. 11, Turkey's military said in a statement on Oct. 12, adding that its units gave the "necessary response."
Russia's continued support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is only serving to prolong the crisis there, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 12.
DUBLIN - Reuters
Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Oct. 11 said he did not intend to call a parliamentary election in Ireland before early next year, seeking to halt widespread speculation that he would call a snap vote next month
BRUSSELS - Agence France-Presse
Serbia and Kosovo reached a "landmark" agreement in several key areas on Aug. 25 in a major step towards normalising ties after war and Pristina's unilateral declaration of independence, the EU said.
A Turkish model has filed a lawsuit against the Moroccan ambassador to Ankara and organizers of a soirée at the Moroccan embassy, claiming that was insulted by the ambassador’s wife and beaten by fashion designers
Militants loyal to ISIL claim suicide bombings in Nigerian capital
Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said they were behind suicide bombings near the Nigerian capital Abuja which killed at least 15 people, a statement on Twitter said on Oct.4.
Burkina Faso coup leader handed over to government: Sources
The leader of a short-lived coup in Burkina Faso, General Gilbert Diendere, was handed over to authorities on Oct.1 after seeking refuge in the Vatican embassy, sources in the transitional government said on Oct.1.
BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Seven Armenian soldiers were killed in clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces during the last week, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sept. 5
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
California commission approves SeaWorld's orca tank expansion
Californian authorities on Oct. 8 agreed to allow SeaWorld San Diego to expand its orca habitat on the condition that it ceases its captive breeding program, despite calls for the whales to be released from captivity.
Brazil court hits Rousseff again, fueling impeachment talk
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff suffered a new setback Oct. 7 when a court declared her government's accounting practices were illegal, handing ammunition to opponents threatening impeachment proceedings.
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
A Russian weathergirl described the weather conditions in Syria as “perfect for an air bombardment” amid the country’s ongoing air operations targeting Syrian opposition groups and ISIL
BRUSSELS – Reuters
NATO troops may need to stay in Afghanistan for a longer period and any decision should be based on the situation on the ground, Germany’s defence minister said on Oct. 8 in an implicit criticism of U.S. withdrawal plans
Five members of NATO's international support mission in Afghanistan were killed and five injured when a British military helicopter crashed in the capital, Kabul, officials said on Oct. 12.
US starts to pull Patriot missiles from Turkey at critical time
The U.S. has started to pull its Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey, despite a recent appeal from Ankara to its NATO allies to keep the air and missile defense units at a delicate time on the border with Syria.
US defense equipment transfer to Turkey still on hold amid discord on regional issues
Transfer of four separate defense system equipment Turkey demands from the United States is still pending, amid different approaches between the two NATO allies towards regional issues, particularly Syria
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