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Russia has invited the U.S. to take part in the upcoming intra-Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Jan. 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 19.
U.S. President Barack Obama held his last press conference at the White House on Jan. 18, with President-elect Donald Trump waiting to be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20.
West African troops were ready to intervene in Gambia on Jan. 19 after President Yahya Jammeh’s mandate expired and overnight talks to convince him to stand down failed.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to “be great again” by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security.
The European Union needs to reach a deal on curbing the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers’ boats from Libya to Italy, the prime minister of Malta, holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, said on Jan. 18.
The Turkish Embassy in Tehran was evacuated before the collapse of a high-rise building in the Iranian capital on Jan. 19, according to embassy officials.
The Turkish Consulate in Switzerland’s Zurich was attack by a group using fireworks on Jan. 18, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
British fighter jets under the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition conducted air strikes in northern Syria on Jan. 18, the Turkish army has said, noting that it marked the first coalition air strike in a long time
A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Jan. 19, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported.
BRUSSELS – Reuters
BELGRADE – Reuters
Police said they moved Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and his family to “a safe location” on Oct. 29 after uncovering a weapons cache including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher near his parents’ home which he regularly visits.
BANJUL, Gambia – The Associated Press
The Gambian parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office for three months, even as his mandate was set to end on Jan. 19, state television said Jan. 18. The extension takes effect immediately.
Nigerian air force kills 52 in strike on refugee camp
Nigeria’s air force killed at least 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country’s northeast on Jan. 17, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants.
26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders
A Bangladesh court on Jan. 16 sentenced 26 people to death after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country’s elite security unit to assassinate political rivals.
Russia on Dec. 28 promised retaliation against Washington in the event of new economic sanctions.
Turkey to ‘intensify diplomacy’ with US after Trump enters White House
Ankara is planning to engage in more intense diplomacy with the U.S. under Donald Trump’s incoming administration, amid news that a Turkish presidential delegation is set to visit Washington D.C. in February to contact the new administration.
Trump says safe zones in Syria should have been built for combatting refugee crisis
With only days for his inauguration, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said “safe zones” funded by the Gulf states should have been built inside Syria to combat the refugee crisis.
The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Ankara Adrey Karlov was an attempt to hurt Russia and harm Russian-Turkish relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that the incident would not harm relations between the two countries
SYDNEY – Reuters
The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Jan. 17, without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said.
KARACHI – Anadolu Agency
Pakistan and Turkey conducted a second round of consultations on matters pertaining to the United Nations in Islamabad on Jan. 17, discussing issues ranging from U.N. Security Council reforms to human rights, humanitarian issues, refugees and counter-terrorism, according to officials.
Both Cypriot sides ‘reject’ respective map offers
Rival Cypriot delegations have failed to agree on maps for new borders on the divided island state, each slamming the other’s proposals as “unacceptable,” Turkey’s foreign minister has said
Magnitude 5.6 quake hits off Indonesia’s Maluku Islands
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off Indonesia’s Maluku Islands on Jan. 14.
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