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Turkey, Israel Hold Secret Talks to Normalize Ties: Report

Turkey, Israel Hold Secret Talks to Normalize Ties: Report

 Senior Israeli official on Monday met with Turkish counterparts to discuss the normalization of the ties between the two countries, the first such meeting after a year-long lull in the tentative contacts, Israeli report said on Monday.“After over a year of deep freeze in Israeli-Turkish ties, talks about a reconciliation agreement between the two nations have resumed with a secret meeting between Foreign Minister director general Dore

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Belgium to unblock Russia’s frozen dimplomatic accounts

Belgium to unblock Russia’s frozen dimplomatic accounts

Belgium says it will unfreeze the bank accounts of Russian diplomatic missions that were recently seized in an apparent legal case after Moscow pledged a firm response to the move.On Saturday, Henrik Van de Velde, a Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman, quoted the country’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders as saying that “a solution has been found to unblock as a priority accounts for the running of the embassies, and the rest will

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More than 400 People from Chechen Join ISIL since 2011

More than 400 People from Chechen Join ISIL since 2011

More than 400 Chechen volunteers left Russia to join the fighting in Syria on the side of the Takfiri group, ISIL, since the beginning of the war in that region. The fate of most of them for the moment is unknown."A total of 405 people, according to our data, have left Chechnya to join the fighting in Syria on the side of the Islamic State since the beginning of the war in that region," a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry told RIA

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Russian fighter jet encounters US spy plane very closely over Black Sea

Russian fighter jet encounters US spy plane very closely over Black Sea

American military officials have said that a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft encountered with a Russian fighter jet over the Black Sea last month.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN on Thursday that the two aircraft came within 10 feet of each other on May 30.According to the officials, the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet, flying at high speed, flew alongside the US RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft at the same

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AKP has no red lines in forming coalition government: Turkish premier

AKP has no red lines in forming coalition government: Turkish premier

Turkey’s ruling party sees no "red lines" in talking with the opposition parties on forming a coalition government, the Turkish premier says.Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a live interview with state television on Wednesday that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) would seek to form a coalition government, but warned that if talks failed, AKP would consider every possible option, even holding early elections.“Only the

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Parliamentary elections kick off in Turkey

Parliamentary elections kick off in Turkey

 People in Turkey have started voting in important parliamentary elections, the results of which will determine whether or not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can fulfill his ambitions for taking full control of the executive powers constitutionally in the hands of the country’s prime minister.Erdogan, who was elected president in August 2014 after over 11 years of serving as prime minister, now feels confident that he can transform Turkey

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S-300 Ban Removal to Open Big Opportunities in Iran-Russia Ties: Iran s Envoy

S-300 Ban Removal to Open Big Opportunities in Iran-Russia Ties: Iran s Envoy

 Iran s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said the removal of restrictions on S-300 deliveries to Iran will create great possibilities for the expansion of bilateral cooperation.Russia s decision to lift the ban on the delivery of S-300 missile system will open up big opportunities for promotion of technical and military cooperation between the two countries, Sanaei said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant.He also stressed

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Russia says US meddling in FIFA affairs

Russia says US meddling in FIFA affairs

 Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in the affairs of the world football governing body by trying to block Sepp Blatter’s reelection bid for the FIFA presidency.“This is clearly an attempt to block the reelection of Blatter as president of FIFA and is an extremely serious breach of the principles of how international organizations work,” Putin said Thursday in a speech aired on state TV.The comments by

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Iranian, Russian DMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phone

Iranian, Russian DMs Discuss Bilateral Ties over Phone

  Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu on Wednesday discussed mutual cooperation, and reiterated expediting implementation of bilateral agreements.During the phone talk, Brigadier General Dehqan and General Shoigu exchanged views on defense cooperation between the two countries as well as the latest regional and international developments.The two

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Russia stresses Iran nuclear rights

Russia stresses Iran nuclear rights

 “I want to reassure you that Russia will do everything in its power, like before, so that the agreement, satisfying the Iranian side, ensuring Iran’s rights in the nuclear sphere is reached,” Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.The diplomat, who is Russia’s top nuclear negotiator, also expressed hope that a final nuclear accord would lead to the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.“And it is important that now we are close to a solution

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Nepal Quake-Ravaged Temple Faces Threat from Looters

Nepal Quake-Ravaged Temple Faces Threat from Looters

 Surrounded by ochre rubble, Pannakaji beds down on a mattress wedged between Buddha statues at Kathmandu s "Monkey Temple", hoping to deter looters from the quake-ravaged site where his ancestors have served as priests for 1,600 years.The hilltop Swayambunath Temple complex, one of Nepal s oldest and most sacred religious monuments, was partly reduced to debris by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25.Some of the

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Nepal earthquake death toll hits 4,138, Interior Ministry says

Nepal earthquake death toll hits 4,138, Interior Ministry says

 The death toll from a devastating earthquake that shook the impoverished South Asian country of Nepal has exceeded 4,100.According to Nepal 1 television station citing the country s Interior Ministry on Monday, the death toll from this weekend s earthquake currently stands at 4,138.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Program is gearing up for a large-scale aid operation in Nepal as the Asian country reels from its deadliest earthquake in

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