Category Archives: Middle East

In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, anger over Syria war finds a stage

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In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, anger over Syria war finds a stage

By Daren Butler DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Turkish Kurds turned an annual cultural festival into a rare mass political protest on Wednesday against the government’s two-month-old military campaign against a Kurdish militia in neighboring Syria. At a rally to mark the spring festival of Newroz in the southern city of Diyarbakir, demonstrators said Ankara risked provoking violence at home if it pressed on with its Syria offensive. The event was the first major public demonstration against the campaign in Syria, in which the Turkish army has battled a Kurdish militia, the YPG, which …read more

Austin bombings: Community left in shock and fearful of more explosives after death of suspect Mark Conditt

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For residents of Pflugerville, the fear brought on by the spate of recent bombings will take some time to disappear, not least because their quiet suburb about 20 miles from downtown Austin has become the centre of a massive police operation. Detectives and federal agents have flooded two streets connected to the serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt, one containing his home and the other his parents’. One neighbour, Debbie Alexander, who has lived in the hamlet for nearly 20 years, happened upon today’s scene of black SUVs, ambulances and police officers on her morning walk.

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Trump’s homeland security chief says election security is a priority after president accused of having 'no sense of urgency'

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Donald Trump’s homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen has said it is a priority to protect the country’s elections amid accusations the president is showing “no sense of urgency” over the threat. In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, legislators attacked Mr Trump’s response to findings by the US intelligence community that Russia meddled in the US’s 2016 presidential election. During the hearing, which was held to examine Mr Trump’s efforts to improve election security ahead of the midterms in November, Republican Senator Susan Collins expressed concern to DHS Secretary Ms Nielsen about the department’s sluggishness in getting security clearances …read more

Trump reportedly received note saying 'do not congratulate' Putin - which he ignored

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President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on his re-election, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials familiar with the call. Mr Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and US governments have blamed on Moscow. The President’s conversation with Putin, which …read more

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