Category: WORLD

UN chief Guterres says Cyprus talks show progress but no ‘quick fix’

Talks to resolve the division of ethnically-divided Cyprus have been showing encouraging results, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guturres said on Thursday, but cautioned against expectations of a quick fix. Flanked by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Guterres said instruments were needed to implement an end to a conflict which […]

Obama speech: Democracy needs you, says outgoing president

President Barack Obama has called on Americans to defend their democracy in his farewell speech in Chicago. “By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place” than it was eight years ago when he took office, he told thousands of supporters. But he warned “democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted”. He […]

Poland: 10 people dead from the extreme cold!

Ten people lost their lives on Sunday as the result of the extreme conditions in Poland. The temperature remains many degrees under zero. In some areas it has reached as low as -20. The people that fell victims of hypothermia since November 1st are 65 in total. The Polish authorities are warning the public to […]

Critical week ahead for Cyprus

Authorities in both Greece and Cyprus sought to give positive signals over the weekend about the prospects for a resolution to the longstanding division of the island ahead of a landmark multiparty summit scheduled to take place on Thursday in Geneva even though the meeting is expected to launch an open-ended procedure that could last […]

The Turkey tutorial to fear

Turkey is sinking ever deeper into trouble at home and abroad. The dangers it faces concern not only its own people, its social cohesion and territorial integrity, but also provide lessons for the rest of the world. The first concerns the ease with which an elected government can slide into authoritarianism when it undermines institutions; […]

Identity of Istanbul nightclub attacker established: foreign minister

The identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day has been established, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday (04/01/2017). The gunman, who fled after the attack, remains at large. Anadolu has said some […]

The necessity of maintaining borders

Since the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, I have been rather surprised by the silence of the country’s intellectuals, who up until recently had been very talkative. Whether they kept silent out of fear or discomfort, we should respect it. Nevertheless, Orhan Pamuk’s silence, for instance, cannot go unnoticed. The point is not […]

North Korea close to testing an ICBM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday that his military was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016, Although experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States […]

Islamic State claim responsibility for Istanbul club attack

IS’ statement called the gunman, who is still on the run, its “soldier” who attacked Christians for celebrating a holiday the jihadist terrorists deem “apostate,” reported Dogan News Agency. An armed assailant opened fire at Reina Club, reportedly dressed as Santa Claus, killing 24 foreigners, 11 Turkish citizens and four victims yet to be identified. […]

Police believe Greece’s ambassador to Brazil killed near Rio

Authorities believe that Greece’s missing ambassador to Brazil was killed at the home that his wife kept in the Rio de Janeiro area, a police investigator said Friday. Kyriakos Amiridis went missing on Monday in the city of Nova Iguacu, 25 miles (41 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro. Greece’s Embassy in Brasilia said the […]

Brazil police officer confesses to killing Greek ambassador

A Rio de Janeiro police officer confessed to murdering Greece’s ambassador to Brazil, possibly at the direction of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife with whom the policeman was romantically involved, Globo TV reported on Friday, citing police sources. Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was missing since Monday night. Francoise, his Brazilian wife and the mother of […]

ECB tells Monte dei Paschi it needs to raise €8.8bn

The European Central Bank has told Monte dei Paschi it needs to plug a capital shortfall of 8.8 billion euros, higher than a previous five-billion-euro gap estimated by the bank, the lender said on Monday, confirming what sources told Reuters. Last Friday, the Italian government approved a decree to bail out Monte dei Paschi after […]

Berlin Attack suspect Anis Amri killed during Milan shootout

Suspected perpetrator behind the Berlin Christmas market attack, Anis Amri, was reportedly killed during a shootout in Milan, Italy, Reuters reported, citing a security source. The Italian Interior Minister is scheduled to hold a news conference in Rome at 11:45am (Cyprus time), Reuters said, citing the Ministry. Italy’s state run news agency, ANSA, reported that […]

German police trail Tunisian for Berlin terror attack

According to German Bild, authorities are on a nationwide hunt for a Tunisian man, between 21 and 23 years old, named Anis A, who is suspected to have been the driver of the truck that plowed through the Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring another 48, Monday. Bild reports that the German […]

12 dead in Berlin terrorist attack

Berlin police said on Tuesday that investigators assume the driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others, did so intentionally in a suspected terrorist attack. The truck crashed into people gathered around wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages at the foot […]

Turkish jets violate Greek air space

Two pairs of Turkish F-4 fighter jets violated Greek air space between the eastern Aegean islands of Lesvos and Chios on Monday, Greek authorities said. The first pair flew at a low altitude of 3,000 feet over the islets of Makronisi and Anthropofagoi at 1.57 p.m., while shortly afterward a second pair flew twice over […]

Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey murdered in shooting

The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been shot and killed while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital. Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Mr Karlov was taken to hospital to be treated, where he later […]

Russian hackers attacked US Joint Chiefs of Staff

Amid the ongoing uproar caused by the CIA’s assessment that Russian-baked hackers were responsible for the hacked DNC e-mails and their passing on to wikileaks, which influenced the elections in favour of Donald Trump, CBS news has revealed that Russian hackers struck at the heart of the U.S. military in August 2015 by seizing the […]

Finland wants EU deals with Iraq and others on migrants

Finland said on Wednesday it would push the European Union to step up efforts to curb illegal migration by negotiating agreements with Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. European leaders are due at a summit on Thursday to discuss results from their recent migration compacts with five African countries – Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Ethiopia. In […]