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Iraqi military chief arrived in Ankara on Sept. 23 to meet Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar
The chief of staff of Turkey, Iran and Iraq will hold trilateral talks soon amid latest developments in the region.
Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of northern Syria began voting on Sept. 22 in the region's first local elections, as part of a push to cement a semi-autonomous regional government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her beleaguered rival Martin Schulz embarked on a final push for votes on Sept. 22 ahead of a weekend election, both seeking to beat back a challenge from the emboldened hard-right.
North Korea said on Sept. 22 it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats.
President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Sept. 22 that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sept. 21 admitted Canada had failed its indigenous people and told the United Nations his government would do better to improve the lives of aboriginals and achieve reconciliation.
Thousands gathered on Sept. 21 at the gates of Catalonia's regional judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.
Despite the latest setback in reunification talks, Nicosia stands ready to try again at the negotiating table in order to resolve the decades-long intractable problem, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told world leaders on Sept. 21.
Two former Serbian intelligence chiefs will go back on trial before U.N. judges on June 13, accused of running death squads which terrorized Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s Balkans wars.
BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI - Reuters
East Libyan forces said they had launched air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters after the militants made incursions south and east of their former coastal stronghold of Sirte.
Nearly 90,000 Rohingya escape Myanmar violence as humanitarian crisis looms
A total of 87,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in neighbouring Myanmar on Aug. 25, the United Nations said Sept. 4, amid growing international criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Violence-stricken Rohingya Muslims await aid
The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended food aid in Myanmar’s violence-scorched Rakhine state, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands - both Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists - on the move and diplomatic efforts piling.
Uğur Ergan - ANKARA
MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse
Russians shunned the polls on Sept. 10 for local elections which are the last vote before the presidential elections in March next year, with very low turnout rates as the opposition cried foul.
Cansu Çamlıbel - NEW YORK
Mueller team seeks White House docs
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has been seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn’s stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump’s oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.
Rescuers in grim search for survivors of Mexico quake
Rescuers dug on Sept. 20 for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital.
Two people were hurt in a blast caused by an "unknown object" in central Kyiv on Aug. 24 as Ukraine celebrated Independence Day, officials said, suggesting it could be the work of hooligans
China increased yesterday the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometers per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap.
United Nations – Agence France-Pressse
The UN Security Council on Sept. 21 warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq’s Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.
Turkey hosts NATO naval exercises amid tensions
Turkey on Sept. 20 was preparing to wind up naval exercises with fellow NATO members being held at a time of a crisis in relations with several alliance states and controversy over Ankara’s plan to purchase weapons from Russia.
Turkish President Erdoğan to Kurds in Iraq: Cancel independence referendum
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sept. 19 once again called on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to cancel its planned independence referendum
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