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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers in shorts and t-shirts joined pro-China residents in Hong Kong on Saturday to clean up barricades and debris after anti-government protests blocked roads, according to broadcaster RTHK. The soldiers rarely leave their barracks in the Chinese-ruled city, which has been rocked by anti-government protests for months. […]

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey removed four more mayors from their posts on Saturday as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and replaced them with state appointees. President Tayyip Erdogan and his government accuse the HDP of having links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, leading to […]

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor’s office said on Friday, two weeks after a deadline for Syrians not registered in the city to leave. Authorities had given Syrians not registered in Istanbul until Oct. 30 […]

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey sent an American citizen Islamic State suspect to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week as Ankara begun to repatriate militants. Turkish authorities have been deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries on […]

TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgia’s failure to pass a planned electoral reform is disappointing, a European rights body and the U.S. embassy said on Friday, urging lawmakers in the former Soviet state to approve the measure in time for next year’s election. The change is one of the demands made at protests that have taken place […]

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 […]