Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's sons said on May 22 that they have forgiven those who murdered their father, prompting criticism from Hatice Cengiz, the journalist's fiancee. "His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers. I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal," Cengiz said.
France's fraud office has recalled a brand of hand sanitizer gel produced in Turkey after discovering that it has a too-low ethanol content to be effective.
Russia boosted spending to form a force consisting of Arabs in northern Syria in a bid to counter U.S. influence in the region, Cıburi tribe sheikh Fewaz Zobea told Rudaw, adding that Moscow is trying to pull youth from Arab tribes to its side by arming them and paying their salaries in dollars.
The US Senate passed a bill on May 14 to direct President Donald Trump to sanction China over its treatment of Uighur Turks in its northwestern region of Xinjiang. The bill is on its way to the House of Representatives, which Republican Senator Marco Rubio said could pass it "as soon as tomorrow."
A man suspected of carrying out attacks on Turkish-owned businesses in Bavaria was a follower of ISIS, German authorities have said. Police apprehended the suspect on May 8 at a train station after he was caught traveling without a ticket. In his bag, police said they found 10 functional pipe bombs. They later found 13 more pipe bombs and 10 kilograms of explosive chemicals in a car left in a parking garage.
A recent report by a non-governmental fraud authority revealed Turkey to have the second highest amount of fraudulent business in Eastern Europe. With some 13 cases of fraud in the past year, Turkey lost first place to Serbia, where some 14 cases were recorded.
A German clinic has announced that it terminated the employment contract of a Turkish heart surgeon over his comments that "homosexuality is a disease." The doctor's statements echoed those of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Ali Erbaş.
A bomb on April 28 detonated on an oil tanker in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, which is controlled by Turkish-backed opposition fighters. The attack caused the death of 40 civilians, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said.
Two groups affiliated with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on April 20 exchanged fire between each other in Ras al-Ayn in northern Syria. The armed conflict came to an end "with the intervention of our Turkish military units and local elements in the region," read a statement issued by the governorate of Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent coronavirus test kits to southeastern Syria to help the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the highly contagious virus. "Utmost thanks and appreciation to the President of Kurdistan Region, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani," Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted on April 12.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has called for a humanitarian truce and committed to suspending most military operations in northeast Syria amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We hope that this humanitarian truce will help to open the door for dialogue and political solution and to put an end to the war in the world and Syria,” the group said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie, tested positive for coronavirus on March 12. "The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days," an official statement said. Sophie will be in quarantine for 14 days.
The U.S. Navy missile destroyer USS Ross passed through the Bosphorus Strait to visit the Black Sea on Feb. 23. As the vessel was making its voyage, the U.S. Navy mentioned the 1936 Montreux Convention in a tweet.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91 after undergoing treatment in an intensive care unit following surgery, state television said on Feb. 25. Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak’s time in power view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism. His overthrow led to Egypt’s first free election, which brought in Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, told Rudaw that the U.S. should not abandon the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Praising the group's role in fighting ISIS, McGurk said that the world needs to know the SDF's efforts in keeping jihadist prisoners in camps in al-Hol and other parts of northern Syria.