A Russian fighter jet Su-27 on Oct. 6 intercepted four UK aircraft over the Black Sea, Russian Defense Ministry said. "The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air targets as the Royal Air Force's strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135, two Typhoon fighters, and refueling aircraft KS-3, and escorted them over the Black Sea," Sputnik quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tore into President Donald Trump on Sept. 24 after he declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the presidential election in November. “You are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President. You are in the United States of America, it is a democracy, so why don’t you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office, to the Constitution of the United States?” she said.
US suggested power-sharing deal for N Syria that gives equal representation to rival Kurdish groups: Report
The United States has suggested a power-sharing deal for northeastern part of Syria that gives equal representation to the rival ENKS and PYNK, according to a report by Rudaw on Sept. 16. “As the ENKS, we have accepted the 40 percent representation that the U.S. has suggested for shared governance system,” said an official from the ENKS.
Fire has "completely destroyed" Greece's largest migrant camp, the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. A migration ministry official said the government was struggling to find alternative shelter for the migrants who were gathered on streets outside the camp.
Microsoft Translation has added two Kurdish dialects to its list of text translation languages, it said on its website. Users will also be able to use Azure Cognitive Services Translator in their own applications, websites, and tools to add Northern and Central Kurdish text translation to or from more than 70 languages.
Syrian authorities have agreed to give Russia additional land and coastal waters in order to expand its military air base at Hmeimim, a Russian government document published on Aug. 19 showed. The territory, comprising eight hectares of land and a further eight hectares of coastal waters, will be granted to Russia on a temporary basis and at no cost, the document said.
An American oil company has signed a deal with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to develop and modernize existing oil fields in northeastern Syria, Al-Monitor reported on July 30. The deal was made “with the acknowledgement and encouragement of the White House," sources told Al-Monitor.
Richard Moore, who served as British ambassador to Turkey from January 2014 to December 2017, has been named as the next chief of MI6. A fluent Turkish speaker, he studied at Oxford and first joined MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, in 1987.
German regional authorities have started to contact German citizens of Turkish origin and ask them whether they acquired a second citizenship after 2000, daily Hürriyet said on July 16. Germany's post-2000 law made it possible for the country to withdraw German citizenship from those who had taken up another citizenship following their naturalization in Germany.
Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of shelling military positions and villages on July 16, breaking a day of ceasefire in border clashes between the two former Soviet republics. Turkey's Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, slammed "Armenia's attacks on Azerbaijan and the smear campaign against Turkey."
A Turkish man has been sentenced to 25 years in jail in France for killing his wife, with whom he was going through a divorce. The 39-year-old man said in his defense that he committed the murder "out of love," French media said.
The entry of nine Turkish entrepreneurs into breakaway Northern Cyprus without being placed under 14-day quarantine has angered the locals. The incident also led to a crisis in the coalition government of the UBP and HP with the latter demanding that ministers responsible from the incident resign.
Representatives of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) and a PYD-led coalition of Kurdish parties have reached a breakthrough agreement on a "common political vision" following a series of US-backed talks.
Adem Somyürek, who was serving as a minister in the Victoria government of Australia, has been sacked from his cabinet following allegations that he used thousands in cash and parliamentary employees to create fake branch members for his party.
An Azeri young activist has protested the arbitrary police detentions in his country by climbing onto the roof of his house and playing legendary Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya's “Başkaldırıyorum” song, which translates as “I revolt.”