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Turkish Dealers Help ISIS Earn $1 Mil. Per Day

Turkish Dealers Help ISIS Earn $1 Mil. Per Day

The Islamic State (ISIS) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.”

October 24th, 2014

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Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Athens

Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Athens

A memorial for the Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocide of Christians during World War I was unveiled in Athens, Greece, a city that hosts approximately 8,000 Assyrians. According to estimates from that era, the Turkish genocide claimed 750,000 Assyrians, 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks.

October 21st, 2014

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Turkey Hits Kurds with Airstrikes

Turkey Hits Kurds with Airstrikes

Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday, the first major airstrikes against Kurds since peace talks began two years ago to end 30 years of conflict.

October 14th, 2014

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Turkey’s Hegemonial Ventures in Syria and Iraq

Turkey’s Hegemonial Ventures in Syria and Iraq

As the U.S.-led air strikes targeted the Islamic State (IS) fighters across the Syrian frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani became more forsaken than ever.

October 9th, 2014

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Tehran Warns Turkey against Destabilizing Region

Tehran Warns Turkey against Destabilizing Region

“Turkey should remember its responsibilities while acting in the region considering the issues that are present in the region,” spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marzieh Afkham, told the Mehr news agency.

October 8th, 2014

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Turkey Closes Border to Kurds Crossing to Fight ISIS

Turkey Closes Border to Kurds Crossing to Fight ISIS

Kurdish activists expressed outrage as the Turkish military began preventing any young person from crossing the border to fight Islamic militants in Syria, where Kurdish forces have been fighting to save the city of Kobane.

October 2nd, 2014

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Russian Parliament Ratifies Eurasian Union Treaty

Russian Parliament Ratifies Eurasian Union Treaty

Russian lawmakers on Friday ratified a treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), which groups Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus and which is set to involve Armenia and more republics of the former Soviet Union.

September 26th, 2014

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UN Human Rights Body Stops Azerbaijan Visit Citing Official Obstruction

UN Human Rights Body Stops Azerbaijan Visit Citing Official Obstruction

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has decided to suspend its visit to Azerbaijan due to obstructions it encountered in carrying out its mandate under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), to which Azerbaijan is a party.

September 17th, 2014

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Azerbaijan Seeks New Security Options

Azerbaijan Seeks New Security Options

Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance.

September 17th, 2014

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Turkey Goes Against US in Campaign Against ISIS

Turkey Goes Against US in Campaign Against ISIS

Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighboring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told Agence France-Presse Thursday.

September 11th, 2014

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Pope Francis to Visit Armenia, Turkey

Pope Francis to Visit Armenia, Turkey

Pope Francis has confirmed during a private audience with the Turkish Ambassador to the Holy See, Kenan Gürsoy, that he hopes to travel to Turkey in the near future, Daily Sabah reports.

September 9th, 2014

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NATO Upholds Territorial Integrity of Armenia, Azerbaijan

NATO Upholds Territorial Integrity of Armenia, Azerbaijan

In an all-encompassing declaration adopted Friday at a NATO summit in Wales, the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s principle decision-making body, made references to conflicts in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe. The declaration, keeping in line with NATO verbiage since 2006, referred to territorial integrity while neglecting to mention the right to self-determination.

September 5th, 2014

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Davutoglu Appoints Foreign Minister with Proven Anti-Armenian Track Record

Davutoglu Appoints Foreign Minister with Proven Anti-Armenian Track Record

Turkey’s newly appointed Prime Minister and former foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced a new cabinet on Thursday, which appears to be largely unchanged and strictly loyal to Tecep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s decade-long leader recently voted to become President.

August 29th, 2014

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CSTO ‘Ready’ for Peacekeeping in Ukraine If Members Decide

CSTO ‘Ready’ for Peacekeeping in Ukraine If Members Decide

Peacekeeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are prepared for any operations outside its territories, including in Ukraine, but a decision for a peacekeeping mission would depend on the organization’s members, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Friday.

August 29th, 2014

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