Brawl in Turkey's parliament after MP criticises Erdogan

Dozens of parliamentarians joined the fistfight, some climbing over desks to throw punches. A fistfight erupted in the Turkish parliament on Wednesday during a speech by an opposition legislator who earlier accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers who died in Syria. Dozens of parliamentarians joined the brawl, some climbing on top of desks to throw punches, while […]

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Egypt sentences 37 to death including top ISIL leader

Rights group decries mass sentencing of defendants, who the court says belonged to a local affiliate of the ISIL group. An Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to death, including one the country’s most high-profile fighters, on terrorism-related charges. The Cairo Criminal Court said on Monday the defendants were charged with belonging to a local affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) […]

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Cyclists ride high, dream big

There is no formula for starting a professional cycling team that can be easily Googled but that has not stopped the Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) from unveiling its most ambitious plans to date. With its announcement of a partnership alongside GreenEdge Cycling, SCF president Hing Siong Chen believes the targets of winning an Asian Games road cycling title and having […]

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Afghanistan: Ghani signs decree to release 1,500 Taliban fighters

Decree says all the released Taliban prisoners will provide ‘a written guarantee to not return to the battlefield’. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to release 1,500 Taliban prisoners as a move to launch direct talks with the armed group to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. According to a copy of the two-page decree seen by Reuters news agency […]

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Amnesty: Iran killed two dozen children in November crackdown

Human rights group says victims were 22 boys, aged between 12 and 17, and a girl reportedly aged between eight and 12. Human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Iranian security forces of killing 23 children, mostly with live ammunition, during a November crackdown on anti-government protests. Protests broke out across Iran from November 15, after the announcement […]

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Erdogan, Putin meet with hopes of reaching Idlib ceasefire

Russian, Turkish leaders meet in Moscow, with aim to stop clashes between Turkish and Syrian government forces. The Turkish and Russian presidents are meeting in Moscow for talks over a ceasefire deal amid intensifying fighting between Turkish and Syrian government forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Last week, Turkey and fighters aligned to it launched a military operation in the region […]

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Turkey, EU and the imperilled refugee deal

Ankara accuses Brussels of not living up to promises it made in a 2016 deal that almost halted refugee flow to EU. Turkey announced last week it would not block the passage of refugees wishing to head to Europe amid escalating violence in northwestern Syria and the risk of a fresh influx of hundreds of thousands of people from the war-torn […]

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Too warm for eiswein: Mild winter hits special German wine

Climate is changing the wrong way for German producers of this sweet wine. In December 2018, Johannes Selbach, a winemaker in Germany’s Mosel region, was asked whether eiswein – a sweet German wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine – is “doomed thanks to global warming”. His answer to the Winespeed blog, was a qualified yes. More: […]

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Uruguay ushers in first conservative government in 15 years

Centre-right politician Luis Lacalle Pou sworn in as president after winning November’s runoff by a close margin. Montevideo, Uruguay – After 15 years of left-wing leadership under the Broad Front coalition, Uruguay has ushered in a conservative government. The centre-right National Party’s Luis Lacalle Pou was inaugurated on Sunday after winning by a runoff election in November against the Broad […]

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Brazil's Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

The comment on his Facebook page comes after a Brazilian newspaper reported Bolsonaro had tested positive. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested negative for coronavirus, according to a post on his Facebook page on Friday. The post came after a prominent Brazilian newspaper reported that the Brazilian leader had tested positive without citing its source.  Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, also told […]

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