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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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Yazidi Activist Calls on Armenia to Help Save Iraq’s Yazidis

Yazidi Activist Calls on Armenia to Help Save Iraq’s Yazidis

On Aug. 3, Islamic State (IS) militants attacked and took over Sinjar, a Kurdish-controlled town historically home to a community of Yazidis.

August 22nd, 2014

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Erdogan Wins Presidential Election

Erdogan Wins Presidential Election

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has won the country’s first direct presidential election in the first round after taking more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday, Al Jazeera reports.

August 11th, 2014

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Congress Warns Erdoğan over Rhetoric

Congress Warns Erdoğan over Rhetoric

The Congressional Caucus on US-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans (Turkey Caucus) has warned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a letter that his recent rhetoric is increasingly damaging Turkish-American relations and that it is becoming harder to defend Turkey’s interests in Washington.

August 5th, 2014

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10 Percent of ISIS Fighters Reportedly Turkish

10 Percent of ISIS Fighters Reportedly Turkish

The extremist Islamist group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), a splinter group of al-Qaeda which Turkey has supported against the Bashar al-Assad regime during the Syrian civil war, has ironically turned into a threat for Turkey, and now commands a significant percentage of fighters who are Turks, according to the German daily Die Welt, as reported in the Turkish press.

August 5th, 2014

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Erdogan ‘Glad’ to Return Jewish American Award

Erdogan ‘Glad’ to Return Jewish American Award

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says he will gladly return an award given to him by a Jewish-American association a decade ago in a letter released by his office, which also called on the US group to condemn Israel’s government policies in Gaza.

July 29th, 2014

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In Istanbul, ISIS Operated Mosques Said to Be Training Azeri Jihadists

In Istanbul, ISIS Operated Mosques Said to Be Training Azeri Jihadists

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist organization that has been waging war in Syria and now Iraq, is reportedly known to be operating mosques in Istanbul, where Azerbaijani jihadist recruits, among others, are trained for the war in Syria, according to a report by Azerbaijani news agency Haqqin, citing an announcement by one of the leaders of the clerical community of Istanbul, Hasan Kanaalti.

July 28th, 2014

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