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Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

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Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

Grim warning on North Korea missile threat as Julie Bishop blasts regime

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As military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Sunday, defence experts said Pyongyang could have the ability to strike Australia with an… James Massola Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald, with AAP, Reuters Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered a blistering rebuke to the hermit kingdom after it threatened a nuclear strike against Australia for “blindly and… And the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the… Grim warning on… Read More »

Tale of the jihadist widow

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From aspiring stylist to living under IS: a woman’s Syria story Global Times AFP Twenty-three-year-old Islam Maytat from Morocco poses for a photo with her children Maria (left) and Abdullah in the Kurdish-majority city of… Islam Maytat thought marrying an Afghan-British businessman was her ticket to a new life as a fashionista in… Instead, she became a… Tale of the… Read More »

UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission

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UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the… RT “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the… It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said… UN Watch outraged… Read More »

Former ‘comfort woman’ Chen Lien-hua dies at 93

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Chen Lien-hua (陳蓮花), one of three known surviving former “comfort women” in Taiwan, died of intestinal infection on Thursday at the age of 93, said the… Staff writer, with CNA Taipei Times Chen was taken to hospital last month when she complained of stomach… Doctors said her intestines had… After surgery, Chen became very… Former ‘comfort woman… Read More »

‘Sherlock Holmes of Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence

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For more than a century, Turkey has denied any role in organizing the killing of Armenians in what historians have long accepted as a genocide that started in 1915, as… TIM ARANGO  The New York Times The Turkish narrative of denial has hinged on the argument that the original documents from postwar military tribunals that convicted the genocide’s planners were nowhere to… Now, Taner Akcam, a Turkish historian at Clark University in… ‘Sherlock Holmes of… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

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North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

Philippine terror risk jangles nerves Down Under

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned Islamic State-aligned terror groups could soon establish a caliphate in the… HELEN CLARK Asia Times When Australia issued a travel advisory this month warning its nationals against travel to the Philippines, the official notice was the latest indication that Islamic State (ISIS) and… Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop underscored those rising… Philippine terror risk… Read More »

Election campaign kicks off in Iran

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Campaigning began on April 21 for Iran’s presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former… Hurriyet Ahmadinejad’s disqualification by the conservative-run Guardian Council was no surprise — he had been advised not to run by supreme leader… His populist economics and defiant attitude to the establishment had alienated even Ahmadinejad’s hardline… Election campaign kicks… Read More »

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think

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The human and financial costs of reunifying Korea would be… Bruce W. Bennett, Harry J. Kazianis The National Interest If the United States were to attempt to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea, the regime in Pyongyang could do significant damage to both South Korea and Japan—not to mention U.S… One the reasons previous U.S. Administrations have left the… Why the North… Read More »

China’s East China Sea ADIZ Represents a Thinly Veiled Grab for Sovereignty

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Beijing’s approach in the East China Sea is a geospatial inverse of its approach in the South China… James Holmes The National Interest Chinese maritime strategy is a misnomer, methinks. It should be strategies… China may harbor the same goals in, say, the East China Sea that it does in the South China… Namely, it may… China’s East China… Read More »

‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted Indian court ruling has lawyers baffled

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Incomprehensible judgment leaves parties none the wiser in case that has already lasted 20… Michael Safi in Delhi The Guardian Legal judgments rarely make for riveting reads, but the purple prose of one Indian judge has been declared so incomprehensible that even the… India’s top court set aside a decision from the Himachal Pradesh high court this week because the text of the judgment was too… ‘Hereat wherewithin’: convoluted… Read More »

Pakistan court: Insufficient evidence to remove Sharif

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Supreme Court rules not enough evidence to order prime minister’s removal over alleged corruption, orders… Asad Hashim Al Jazeera Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ruled there was insufficient evidence to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations, but… The court issued its verdict on Thursday afternoon after months of hearings in a case based on the “Panama Papers” leaks that… Pakistan court: Insufficient… Read More »

America’s Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

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Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s… Mohamed Zeeshan The National Interest Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in… In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military raid on suspected Al… America’s Yemen Crisis… Read More »