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Caucasus conflict heralds clash of the titans

YEREVAN – Azerbaijan’s military offensive on the Armenia-controlled Nagorno Karabakh enclave threatens to spiral quickly into a wider regional conflict, one that pits Russia and Turkey in a volatile proxy theater. With each powerful regional actor aligned on opposed sides of the fighting, the deeper…

Report: Saudi Arabia Imposing Trade Embargo on Turkey

Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s oldest and most prestigious newspapers, reported on Monday that growing pressure on businessmen in Saudi Arabia to not engage Turkey has evolved into a formal trade embargo. 0…

Mike Pompeo Speaks with NATO Chief About Mediterranean Tensions

ATHENS, Greece — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to arrive in Greece on an official visit early Monday, has had a conversation on tensions in the eastern Mediterranean with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. 0…

Azerbaijan picks a fight over lost Armenian enclave

YEREVAN – Following months of bellicose threats, Azerbaijan launched on Sunday a coordinated military offensive against the Armenian-held breakaway republic of Nagorno Karabakh, leaving dozens dead and raising the specter of a protracted open war. On Monday morning, Karabakh officials announced 32 Armenian soldiers had…

In Pakistan’s eyes Turkey leads Islamic world

It is unlikely for an active Facebook user from South Asia not to have noticed a very prominent and spontaneous boom of local fan pages and laudatory groups dedicated to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this year. These groups are replete with posts in various…

Earthquake Measuring 4.2 Shakes Turkish Megacity of Istanbul

ISTANBUL—An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 hit near Istanbul on Thursday, a Turkish government agency reported, causing some residents to rush outdoors in fear. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centered in the…

Outraged India Calls Erdogan Kashmir Remarks at U.N. ‘Completely Unacceptable’

India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (U.N.), T. S. Tirumurti, on Wednesday condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in which he called for a multilateral resolution to India’s border dispute with Pakistan in Kashmir, labelling Erdogan’s remarks…

Turkey Probes Death of American Journalist Andre Vltchek

ANKARA, Turkey—Turkish authorities are investigating the death of an American author and journalist who died while traveling overnight from the Turkish Black Sea coastal city of Samsun to Istanbul, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday. Andre Vltchek, 57, and his wife were traveling inside a…

Animals in the News

Time again for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today’s photos include a donkey-therapy program in Spain, animals affected by wildfires in the U.S., a rescued anteater in Brazil, COVID-sniffing dog training in Germany,…

Turkey May Resume Talks With Greece, Warns Against EU Sanctions

ISTANBUL—Turkey and Greece might soon resume talks over their contested Mediterranean claims, according to Turkey’s presidential spokesman, who cautioned European Union leaders meeting this week that warnings of sanctions against Ankara won’t help the situation. The NATO members and their neighbors have been locked in…

European disarray pushes Iran, Turkey into China camp

The surprise announcement in July that Iran was negotiating a wide-ranging, 25-year bilateral deal with China has rumbled through the capitals of the Middle East and the West for two months now. So vital does Iran consider this deal for its future strategy that no…

Time ticking down on US nuclear presence in Turkey

Growing US and NATO dissatisfaction with Turkey and its rising regional expansionism may soon drive the Americans out of the strategic Incirlik Air Base, a move that would have major implications for regional security and alliances. The US currently operates at two important bases in…

Alexander Vindman: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Shortly after midnight on June 17, 1972, an unusually attentive security guard named Frank Wills discovered an unlocked door in the garage of the Watergate office complex. A piece of tape had been placed over the latch. Wills removed the tape and continued on his…

Israel’s undercover diplomatic offensive bears fruit

As the United Arab Emirates prepares to become the third Arab state to establish relations with Israel on September 15, there is a growing consensus among some Persian Gulf states that Iran and Turkey, not Israel, are the biggest threats to their security. Paradoxically, Iranian…

Greeks Strengthen Military Amid Increased Turkish Aggression

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to outline Saturday the details of a program to boost Greece’s defence capabilities, amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Turkey over rights to resources in the eastern Mediterranean. 0…

Silence descends on social media in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s disdain for social media is no secret. He blocks Twitter regularly in order to prevent the spread of information he doesn’t like. He has openly railed against Facebook and YouTube, accusing them of misrepresenting Turkish family values. And after the…

Turkey Gives ISIS Terrorist 40 Life Sentences for 2017 Attack

ISTANBUL—A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an ISIS terrorist suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan, was convicted of 39 counts of murder…

Old pipeline holds vast new promise for Israel

A discreet oil pipeline dating back to the days of Israel’s alliance with the Shah of Iran holds both risk and vast promise in a shifting geopolitical landscape that pits Israel and its neighbors against Turkey. “Anything that brings the UAE and Israel closer and…

Greece to Boost Military Amid Tension With Neighbor Turkey

ATHENS—Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry, the government spokesman said Monday, as a tense stand-off with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two…

China’s top diplomat seeks to split Europe and US

PRAGUE – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has wrapped up what many saw as a damage control tour across Europe, a diplomatic mission that by most accounts met with mixed results. It was never going to be easy. Wang arrived in Europe at a time…

Trump’s True Relationship With Russia Has Never Been Revealed

Getty / Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic Fate offered Peter Strzok a place in history that he never sought. The son of an Army officer, Strzok also served in the United States military before joining the FBI’s counterintelligence operation in 1996. He excelled at his…

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