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Israeli troops leave Gaza as 72-hour ceasefire begins

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Politics, Region  /  2 Comments

Operation Protective Edge “not over”; Israel prepares for indirect talks with Palestinians

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Hamas in Cairo for Gaza talks

and   /  August 3, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Tony Blair visit Cairo in attempt to further talks on Gaza

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Top diplomats call for extension of 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

  /  July 26, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Efforts to extend humanitarian ceasefire continue in Paris as it holds in Gaza

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‘Terminology’ of Gaza ceasefire proposal still needs work: Kerry

  /  July 25, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Netanyahu agrees to 12-hour “pause” in Gaza, Kerry hopeful for extension

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US, UN to announce humanitarian ceasefire initiative: Hamas official

  /  July 25, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  2 Comments

John Kerry and Ban Ki Moon meet in Cairo in efforts to stop the violence in Gaza

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US, UN stand by Egyptian ceasefire proposal

  /  July 22, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Both push for ceasefire, hope it will be followed by dialogue on causes of the crisis

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No change to Egyptian ceasefire proposal: Egypt FM

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Gaza is an open wound and Band-Aid won’t help, says Ban Ki Moon

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Egypt summons Turkish charge d’affaires over Erdogan comments

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  4 Comments

Turkish Prime Minister describes Al-Sisi as “illegitimate… tyrant”, questions Egypt’s ability to broker peace treaty between Hamas and Israel

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Al-Sisi ‘illegitimate tyrant’: Erdogan

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  12 Comments

Turkish prime minister criticises Egyptian president over Gaza

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Turkey PM says party to reveal presidency candidate next week

  /  June 24, 2014  /  Politics  /  3 Comments

Erdogan is widely believed to be planning to run for the presidency in the 10 August elections.

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Iran president visits Turkey hoping to fix troubled ties

  /  June 9, 2014  /  Politics  /  27 Comments

Rouhani will meet his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, where the powerful neighbours are expected to discuss security concerns as well as trade opportunities.

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Kurdish rebels ramp up pressure ahead of Turkey vote

  /  June 8, 2014  /  Politics  /  21 Comments

Erdogan is widely expected to run, but to win he needs support from the country’s Kurdish minority, who make up one fifth of the population and form a majority in the southeast.

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Foreign Ministry summons Turkish Charge d’Affaires

  /  June 3, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

Ministry expresses “distaste” for comments made concerning last week’s elections

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Turkish police crackdown on protests condemned

  /  June 1, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  6 Comments

Police clashed with protesters in Istanbul, firing tear gas and water cannon at people clustered on side streets, defying a government ban on demonstrations on the iconic Taksim Square – the epicentre of last year’s turmoil.

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BREAKING: Turkey PM warns of crackdown if protesters defy ban

  /  May 31, 2014  /  Politics  /  34 Comments

AFP - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Saturday police would clamp down on anyone defying a ban on demonstrations at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on the anniversary of a wave of mass protests last year. “If you read the rest…

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Turkey beefs up security on protest anniversary

  /  May 31, 2014  /  Politics  /  27 Comments

Eight people died and thousands were injured in the heavy-handed police crackdown that ensued, as clouds of tear gas wafted through the much-loved park on Taksim Square.

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BREAKING: Turkish police detain 18 in mine disaster probe: TV

  /  May 18, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

Turkey Yesterday declared rescue operations over following this week’s devastating coalmine blast after retrieving the bodies of two last trapped miners, bringing the final death toll to 301.

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‘Revulsion’ over Turkey response as mine blast toll tops 300

  /  May 17, 2014  /  Politics  /  No Comments

The nationwide trauma over the incident has turned to rage, fuelled by claims of negligence against mine operators and what many see as a heartless response from the government.

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Race to save trapped miners after Turkey blast kills 232

  /  May 14, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

Most of the deaths have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning

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Turkey PM puts death toll from mine disaster at 232: TV

  /  May 14, 2014  /  Politics, World  /  No Comments

AFP - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put the death toll from a mine explosion at 232 on Wednesday, local media reported. Erdogan was inspecting the site of the accident in the western town of read the rest…

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Turkey PM rebuffs criticism over press freedom

  /  May 13, 2014  /  Politics  /  2 Comments

Erdogan’s speech to parliament followed a report by the US-based watchdog Freedom House earlier this month, which downgraded Turkey’s status from “partly free” to “not free” and said the country had seen the biggest decline in press freedom in Europe.

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Turkey court hears witnesses in police murder trial

  /  May 12, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

Yapici said once Korkmaz regained consciousness he was again kicked on the head and as he fled his attackers, was set upon by plain-clothes policemen with gas masks who ruthlessly kicked and beat him on the legs.

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Some improvements for Syrian refugees in Egypt: UNHCR Egypt

  /  May 7, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Foreign ministry stresses need for international cooperation to assist with Syrian refugee crisis

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States hosting Syrian refugees near ‘breaking point’

  /  May 4, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  1 Comment

UNHCR, ministers stress the need for a political solution to ease Syrian humanitarian crisis

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Global condemnation of Minya mass death sentences

  /  April 29, 2014  /  Egypt, Politics  /  7 Comments

Prosecutor general orders appeal for all 528 sentenced in Minya on Monday

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Lebanon’s Audi says Q1 net profit $85.8m

  /  April 28, 2014  /  Business  /  1 Comment

Reuters – Lebanon’s Bank Audi reported first-quarter net profit of $85.8m on Sunday, the same level as in the same period a year before. The bank said in a statement its net profit was driven read the rest…

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Egypt, Turkey and Iran: Exchanging roles in a tumultuous Middle East

  /  April 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  24 Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini After less than a year of exceptional Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, the events of 30 June 2013 ruptured this relationship. Similarly, when Egyptian and Iranian statesmen began to decrease tensions and a thaw in read the rest…

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Turkish president signs law expanding spy powers

  /  April 26, 2014  /  Politics  /  1 Comment

AFP – Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the country’s spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government’s control over state institutions. The new legislation, adopted read the rest…

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Turkey, Russia agree on boosting Blue Stream gas pipeline: Minister

  /  April 21, 2014  /  Business, Energy  /  4 Comments

To 19 billion cubic metres (bcm) annually from 16 bcm

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Moody’s downgrades Turkey outlook to ‘negative’

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Business, Economy  /  1 Comment

Putting the country’s investment-grade rating at risk

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