Middle East

EU and Turkey are bound to succeed together, says Barroso

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The new head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, might be skeptical of Turkey’s accession to the European Union, but the process is tied to institutions and not individuals, outgoing head Manuel Barroso has indicated, suggesting Ankara and Brussels “are bound to succeed together.” Barroso will be in Turkey Sept. 29 to attend the World Economic Forum’s Special Meeting on Unlocking Resources ... Read More »

Islamic State fighters wanting to return home to Australia need help, say experts

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Australian jihadists who regret travelling to the Middle East and joining extremist fighters should be given a pathway home and put through deradicalisation programs, even if their return meant likely jail time, according to counter terrorism and defence experts. Terrorism and radicalisation specialist Clarke Jones, a Australian National University visiting fellow, said the government should fund deradicalisation programs but warned deprogramming ... Read More »

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane

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Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. The statement is as follows: ... Read More »

The number of asylum seekers in industrialised countries has risen by nearly a quarter, the UN refugee agency says.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the rise was being driven by wars in Syria and Iraq as well as instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere. In the first six months of this year, the total number of people requesting refugee status in such countries increased to 330,700 – more than 24 per cent up on the ... Read More »

Rescue effort launched for hundreds on stricken boat off Cyprus

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Cypriot cruise ship tries to rescue 300 people, believed to be Syrian refugees, after boat hit rough seas off Cyprus A Cypriot cruise ship was trying on Thursday to rescue hundreds of migrants, most of them women and children, after their boat hit rough seas off the coast of the eastern Mediterranean island. About 300 people, believed to be Syrian ... Read More »

Islamic State executes female human rights lawyer by firing squad after Facebook post

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BAGHDAD — A female human rights lawyer in the northern city of Mosul was executed by firing squad at the orders of Islamic State extremists, activists said Thursday, sparking international outrage. But she was not the first to suffer such a fate in a city where the militants’ rule is increasingly oppressive — especially for women. Samira al-Nuaimy, known locally for ... Read More »

Australia Ignored Ethnic Cleansing Of Shia Muslims, Says Andrew Wilkie

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Australia’s sudden thrust towards war in Iraq came after more than a year of ignoring horrendous atrocities committed against Muslims. Max Chalmers reports. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has criticised the government for ignoring the plight of Muslims in Iraq and only raising concerns about the country once violence spread to Christian minorities and foreign workers. In an interview with New ... Read More »