Erdogan Calls For Turks to Unite Against Attacks on Economy

AUG 25, 2018: The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey’s economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, while casting the currency crisis as no different from attacks on Turkey’s flag or call to prayer. It was Erdogan’s first comments on the currency crisis in days. Turkey’s lira […]

Template For Hate: India’s Polarized Politics and Mainstream Intolerance

ROHINI MOHAN — Mohammed Akhlaq went to bed early on the night he was murdered. His wife, Ikraman, stayed downstairs to clean up the kitchen and help her mother-in-law onto the cot in the living room. Around ten, Ikraman was laying out mattresses for her daughter and herself when she heard a loudspeaker crackling nearby: […]

SCO Holding Largest Counter-Terror Drill in Russia; Pakistan, India Participating For First Time

— The Peace Mission 2018 joint military drill is being held from August 22 to 29 in Comprehensive Training Field in Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Russia — Peace Mission 2018 also created a historic chance for four major military powers in Eurasia – China, Russia, Pakistan and India – to appear in the same military drill AUG […]

Taliban Plan to Attend Afghan Talks in Moscow, Says Russia

AUG 22, 2018: Russia said on Tuesday that the Taliban had accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group’s biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 US-led invasion. The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint across Afghanistan and launched an […]

Iran Unveils Its First Domestically Built Fighter Jet

AUG 21, 2018: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani announcing that Tehran’s military strength was only designed to deter enemies and create “lasting peace”. Images on state television showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new ‘Kowsar’ fourth-generation fighter at the National Defense Industry exhibition in Tehran. […]

Turkey Will Not Surrender to US Economic Coup: Erdogan

AUG 18, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will not “surrender” under the sanctions imposed by the United States over the detention of an American pastor, accusing Washington of launching an “attempted economic coup” against Ankara. “Today some people are trying to threaten us through the economy, through interest rates, foreign exchange, […]

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister’s Wedding

AUG 18, 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack […]

Suicide Bomber Targets Shia Community in Kabul, Killing 48

AUG 15, 2018: A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shia neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. “We can confirm the attack was caused by a bomber on […]

Kashmir Shutters Down, as India Marks Independence Day

Separatists caged; Mobile, internet services suspended AUG 15, 2018: An unprecedented protest shut down was observed in Indian-administered Kashmir on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. The occupied valley witnessed a complete shutdown on Wednesday following a call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. Shutters of all shops and business houses remained down as traffic […]

‘Situation Chaotic’: Intense Fighting in Afghan City Ghazni as Afghan Taliban Presses On

AUG 12, 2018: Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday and were threatening to seize control of the city, with the main highway now heavily mined, local lawmakers and residents said. An AFP reporter on the ground said Taliban fighters continued to roam the city, torching […]

Turkey to Seek ‘New Markets, Allies’ After Currency Crash

AUG 12, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of far-reaching consequences in the event the United States continues to disrespect Ankara, according to his op-ed in the New York Times. “Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy,” he warned. Erdogan […]

“If They Have Their Dollars, We Have Our People, Our God”: Erdogan

Turkish lira plunged 15% versus dollar Friday after Trump authorizes doubling metals tariffs on Turkey; Erdogan said Turkey was facing an “economic war” and noted the country would respond to those countries who had started it. AUG 10, 2018: The Turkish lira added to its steep losses on Friday, hitting a fresh record low, after […]

Chinese Muslims Protest Against Plan to Demolish Mosque

AUG 10, 2018: Hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims are staging a sit-in protest in China’s western region of Ningxia against government plans to demolish a huge new mosque, amid tightening curbs on Islam to pull its practice in line with the Chinese mainstream. China officially guarantees freedom of religion, but in recent years officials nervous […]

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Charged With Money Laundering

AUG 8, 2018: Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency has charged former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering as part of its investigation into the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. The charges – which Najib denies – relate to three transfers totaling US$10m into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the […]

Around 400 Irregular Migrants From Afghanistan, Pakistan Held in Turkey

AUG 7, 2018: At least 391 irregular migrants were held across Turkey, security sources said on Tuesday. The sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said 45 migrants, including women and children, were rounded up off Ayvacik by local gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Canakkale province. The […]

China Bird Drones to Watch Over Citizens

Called “Dove” they are part of China’s Social Credit System AUG 3, 2018: Look! Up there! A pretty little bird gliding majestically through the sky, encapsulating the beauty of natu — oh wait. It’s a high-tech surveillance drone. Over recent years, more than 30 Chinese military and government agencies have reportedly been using drones made […]

US, Taliban Direct Talks Remain ‘Positive’, Another Round Expected Before Eid ul Azha

“We have held three meetings with the US and we reached a conclusion to continue talks for meaningful negotiations,” said a second Taliban official. JUL 30, 2018: A meeting between a senior US diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with “very positive signals” and a decision to […]

1,500 Migrants Have Died in the Mediterranean in 2018: UN

JUL 27, 2018: For the fifth straight year, at least 1,500 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean, with the route between Libya and Italy being the deadliest, claiming the lives of one in 19, the UN migration agency said on Friday. Spain, which has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination, has registered nearly 21,000 migrants […]

Another Woman Lynched in India After WhatsApp Rumors

JUL 23, 2018: A mob lynched a woman in India after rumors circulated on WhatsApp about child kidnappers, police said Monday, days after the messaging firm said it was curbing the forwarding of messages. More than 20 people have been killed in similar incidents in the past two months, leaving both the Indian authorities and […]

19 Killed in Chinese Chemical Plant Explosion

JUL 13, 2018: At least 19 people are dead and dozens injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, officials said. The explosion — the latest deadly industrial incident in the world’s largest producer of chemicals, occurred at a Hengda-owned plan in an industrial park 6:30 pm on […]