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Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power

Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power

Turkey’s government on Sunday issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups. The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. Their passports will be cancelled. Turkey has been […]

Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years Over Corruption

Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years Over Corruption

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been found guilty of corruption and sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10.5m fine, dealing a heavy blow to his political career. Judge Muhammad Bashir read the verdict before a packed courtroom in the capital Islamabad on Friday. The case relates to the ownership of four […]

Pakistan’s City with No Water

Pakistan’s City with No Water

The City with no water: Imagine having to spend half your salary or more buying water, sometimes only available illegally from criminals. Or if water taps in your area only ran once a fortnight in the middle of the night for less than two hours. That was the situation for millions in the city of […]

Police use rubber bullets as gay groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

Police use rubber bullets as gay groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

Gay rights groups and activists pressed ahead with the Istanbul Pride parade on Sunday despite Turkish authorities banning the event for the fourth year in a row. Around 1,000 people gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade, an AFP photographer at the scene […]

‘We don’t need the West’: Assad to ban foreign money from Syria reconstruction

‘We don’t need the West’: Assad to ban foreign money from Syria reconstruction

Syria will not allow Western investors to step into the rebuilding of war-damaged country as they only come to “take” from foreign economies, Syria’s Bashar Assad told Russian media, adding he will seek friendly aid instead. The US and its Western allies have been actively engaged in the seven-year long war in Syria, including the […]

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

India named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts India was named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts released on Tuesday. The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues ranked war-torn Afghanistan and Syria in second […]

Erdogan on track to secure 2nd term as president – preliminary results

Erdogan on track to secure 2nd term as president – preliminary results

As of 16:10 GMT, Erdogan is leading in the polls with nearly 58 percent of the vote after 32 percent of the ballot boxes were opened. In the parliamentary election, the AK Party leads with 50 percent of the vote, with 15 percent of the ballot boxes opened. The turnout was at 87 percent for […]

End of women driving ban caps dramatic year of achievements since Saudi crown prince’s appointment

End of women driving ban caps dramatic year of achievements since Saudi crown prince’s appointment

A crackdown on corruption, guarantees of women’s rights, an overhaul of the entertainment sector and a shake-up of the economy — in the past year, Saudi Arabia has witnessed extraordinary changes. The bold reforms, introduced in the 12 months since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took his post last June 21, have made headlines locally […]

Provocative policing: Lebanese city puts female officers in tiny shorts to attract tourists (VIDEO)

Provocative policing: Lebanese city puts female officers in tiny shorts to attract tourists (VIDEO)

Young, attractive policewomen in black mini-shorts and red berets are patrolling the streets in the Lebanese town of Broummana as part of its mayor’s plan to attract more tourists and improve the country’s image. “Ninety-nine percent of the tourists in the Mediterranean region wear shorts,” explained Broummana Mayor Pierre Achkar. He hopes that the new […]

Trump administration wants Gulf investment in Gaza

Trump administration wants Gulf investment in Gaza

The US wants Gulf nations to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars in economic projects” in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, Haaretz reported, “in an attempt to calm the security situation there and generate momentum before the White House presents its Middle East peace plan”. According to the paper, citing unnamed “Israeli and Arab sources”, the […]

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