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ATHENS (Reuters) – Cyprus on Friday accused Turkey of violating international law by launching operations off the island in search of oil and gas. Earlier on Friday, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay was quoted as saying the drilling ship Fatih had started operations off the north-north-east coast of Cyprus. On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs […]

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgian lawmakers failed on Thursday to pass constitutional amendments aimed at holding elections in 2020 under a proportional voting system, triggering a protest outside parliament by hundreds of opposition and civil activists. The ruling Georgian Dream Party appeared ready to support changing the system from mixed to proportional voting from next year […]

ADEN (Reuters) – Houthi militants fired a missile at the Saudi-led military coalition’s heaquarters in the city of Marib on Wednesday during a visit by the Yemeni defence minister, killing at least five soldiers, local officials said. The base is the main military facility overseeing a ground offensive aimed at recapturing the capital Sanaa, controlled […]

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court ordered prominent journalist and author Ahmet Altan back to jail on Wednesday, a week after he was released from prison following a retrial on coup-related charges. Before his release last Monday, Altan had been in jail since his arrest in 2016 following an attempted coup which Ankara says was […]

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called on Wednesday for the acceleration of efforts to form a new, inclusive Lebanese government, MP Ali Bazzi said after a weekly meeting of Berri’s parliamentary bloc. Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Toby Chopra Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era gay sex law since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used law under which a man found to have committed an act […]

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabian court has convicted 38 people of terrorism-related crimes, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported on Tuesday. The TV channel said they were charged with financing terrorism and with takfir – the Islamist militant practice of labeling followers of other schools of Islam unbelievers. It said one of them “set up […]

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A court in Algeria sentenced 21 protesters on Tuesday to six months in jail for “undermining national unity”, official media reported, a month ahead of a presidential election. The verdict by the court in central Algiers also included additional six-month suspended sentences for the protesters, who were arrested for raising a flag […]

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A top U.N. official in Lebanon called on Tuesday for the urgent formation of a new government made up of people known for their competence, which he said would be in a better position to appeal for international support. “The financial and economic situation is critical, and the government and other authorities […]