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ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rejected calls for Turkey to arm the main Kurdish party in Syria, describing the group as a terrorist organisation.
Erdogan said the Democratic Union Party (PYD) was the same as the outlawed ...
 
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India’s right-wing ruling party secured strong victories on Sunday in two important state elections, tightening its grip on power after storming to power nationally five months ago.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ...
 
 

STOCKHOLM: Mystery deepened on Sunday over a Swedish military operation triggered by “foreign underwater activity” off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian submarine.
Late on Saturday, Swedish armed ...
 
 

MADRID: Three years ago, Basque separatist group ETA declared it was ending a more than four-decade secessionist campaign in Spain but lasting peace is not exactly around the corner.
The Spanish government wants the group dissolved as a ...
 
 

HONG KONG: Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early on Sunday for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.
The worst political ...
 
 
Ahdaf Soueif
Nine thirty pm in Cairo and sounds of intermittent explosions come through the living-room window. Most people can identify them, but I can’t – yet.
They might be gunfire, or teargas – or fireworks. And fireworks might be people celebrating a ...
 
 

KIEV: War-weary Ukrainians pick a powerful new parliament next Sunday set to be dominated by pro-Western and nationalist forces who will determine if President Petro Poroshenko can make peace with the Kremlin while holding on to the separatist ...
 
 

LONDON: People found guilty of Internet “trolling” in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told ...
 
 

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.
The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu ...
 
 
Kevin McKenna
I suppose we’ll all just have to live with the epithet by which Scotland is now known throughout the globe: the most scared wee country in the world… for a few years longer anyway.
o But at least we can also claim to be the most political. ...
 
 

KUWAIT CITY: International advocacy group Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait on Sunday to stop targeting opponents through revoking their citizenship and to reinstate withdrawn nationalities.
Kuwait — where citizens have elected a parliament ...
 
 

He’s not averse to taking a dizzying punch to the head if he can score a point. Rights groups accuse him of using armed squads to abduct suspected separatists. His party’s programme, somewhat improbably, calls for nuclear rearmament of ...
 
 

You can’t see shells falling, guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war.
Along with health workers and aid workers, journalists have to get right up close to ...
 
 

LAGOS: Nigeria’s announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram has surprised many and convinced few, particularly when talks with the militants on the possible release of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls had been at a frustrating standstill.
The ...
 
 

OUARZAZATE, Morocco: Morocco’s first solar energy plant will begin operating in 2015, an official said on Sunday, as part of a multi-billion-euro project the oil-scarce kingdom hopes will satisfy its growing energy needs.
The so-called “Nour 1” ...