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Pakistan expresses condolences over plane crash in Turkey

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed condolences on the news of a military plane crash in Isparta province of Turkey on January 17. According to a statement issued here by Foreign Office, Government and people of Pakistan would like to convey their condolences to the brotherly people of Turkey on the loss of precious lives as…

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Turkey ready to take ‘any steps’ against Syrian Kurdish militia

NEWS DESK: Turkey on Wednesday said it was ready to take any steps necessary against a Syrian Kurdish militia to ensure the security of its borders, as speculation mounted of an imminent cross border operation, reported AFP. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia controls key Syrian northern towns including Manbij and Afrin and is…

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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with US over jailing of banker

NEWS DESK: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cut bilateral agreements between his country and the US after denouncing America’s justice system, reported The Independent with additional input from Reuters. A US court convicted a Turkish banker on Wednesday following a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials. In his…

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World acknowledges Pakistan’s role in anti-terrorism fight: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that China, Russia, Turkey and other countries have acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in war against terrorism. In an interview with a private news channel, he said the United States is not recognizing Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism. He said Jawans, and high ranking officers of the…

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Erdogan phones Mamnoon, expresses solidarity with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday made a phone call to President Mamnoon Hussain and expressed solidarity with Pakistan in the wake of recent statements by the US leadership. Turkish president expressed his disappointment over the recent statements of the US leadership about Pakistan and said Pakistan had rendered unprecedented and historic sacrifices…

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Turkey detains 20 suspected Islamic State members, including 15 foreigners: police

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained 20 people, including 15 foreign nationals, on suspicion of links to Islamic State during raids in Istanbul, tightening security ahead of the anniversary of a nightclub attack in which dozens were killed, reported Reuters. The raids by the anti-terrorist branch of the Istanbul police took place on Saturday and targeted…

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Myanmar frees journalists working for Turkish broadcaster

FILE PHOTO: Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore (L) and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia arrive for their first appearance in the court after they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near parliament in the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer NEWS DESK: Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey’s…

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Speakers call for joint mechanism on connectivity, security, anti-terrorism

ISLAMABAD: The heads of the parliaments from six regional countries at the First Speakers’ Conference on Sunday called for establishing a joint mechanism to cope with the challenges of terrorism and security besides promoting the inter-region connectivity. Hosted by the National Assembly of Pakistan, the three-day conference commenced here with an objective to focus the parliamentary cooperation…

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Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for…

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Turkey wants NBA star jailed for insulting President Erdogan

FILE PHOTO – Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter speaks about the revocation of his Turkish passport and return to the United States at National Basketball Players Association headquarters in New York, U.S. on May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo ANKARA: A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed…

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Turkey to open embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem

Istanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope on Sunday that Turkey would soon be able to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, as he again denounced Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital. Erdogan has sought to lead Islamic condemnation of his US counterpart’s move, calling a summit…

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Naval chief calls on Turkish counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who is on an official visit to Turkey Wednesday called on Commander Turkish Naval Academy, Rear Admiral (UH) Ibrahim Ozdem KOCER and Commander Naval Training & Education, Rear Admiral (UH) Kadir Yildiz . Upon his arrival at Turkish Naval Academy, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was…

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Imran questions Shehbaz Sharif’s presence at OIC summit

ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday questioned why Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was present at the Organisation of Islamic Summit (OIC) held in Istanbul.  “What is CM Sharif doing at OIC Summit in Turkey? Why were the other Chief Ministers not taken along also?” tweeted Imran before launching his tirade at Prime Minister…

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Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

ISTANBUL: Leaders from the the world’s main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared “East Jerusalem as the…

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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as honest peace broker: Asif

ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital undermines its role as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process. He was speaking at the meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers in Istanbul ahead of the summit convened by Turkey to explore ways to deal with the…

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Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chairs an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be hoping to unite…

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PM reaches Istanbul to attend extraordinary OIC Summit on Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday arrived here to attend the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Al-Quds Al-Sharif on the invitation of President of Turkey. The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and other high officials. The prime minister…

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Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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Turkish police detain activists at anti-Israel demo

ISTANBUL: Turkish riot police on Saturday detained a dozen activists at a protest in Istanbul denouncing Israel and the United States after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Holding banners such as “against imperialism, Zionism and their domestic partners”, the protesters gathered in Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul. Police moved in…

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Erdogan seeks to lead Muslim response on Jerusalem

Istanbul: Turkey’s leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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