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Iran’s military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri ...

‘Kiwis under the bed’ row heats up as Australia citizenship saga continues

Australia and New Zealand are engaged in a diplomatic spat over claims Kiwi politicians conspired with Australia’s opposition to topple the government. Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop accused the opposition leader of colluding with MPs in New Zealand to out deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce as a New Zealander. She claimed Labor leader Bill Shorten used the “New Zealand Parliament to ...

US to participate in biennial military exercise with Egypt for first time since Arab Spring

The US military will take part in a biennial joint military exercise with Egypt called Bright Star 2017 — marking the first time the United States has participated in the joint exercise since the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The joint exercise dates back to the early 1980s, following the signing of the Camp David Accords during ...

Australia Is Having A Plebiscite On Gay Marriage — Here’s What That Means

This week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that Australia will participate in a postal plebiscite to gauge public opinion on the same-sex marriage debate. A pleb-a-what (!?) you might ask. Don’t worry, you join the long line of Australian locals who are equally confused as to why they are participating in one and what impact their vote may or ...

41 Killed, 179 Injured in Egypt’s Alexandria Train Collision

  A train collision in Alexandria between two trains has killed at least 41 people and injured 179 passengers, announced the Ministry of Health on Friday evening. The collision occurred between one train travelling from Cairo to Alexandria and another from Port Said at Khorsid station. According to an initial investigation, the Cairo train crashed into the rear of the ...

FRENCH MINISTER: HUNDREDS OF JIHADIS HAVE RETURNED FROM IRAQ AND SYRIA

Hundreds of jihadi militants have returned to France from Iraq and Syria, France’s interior minister said on Sunday. In an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Gerard Collomb said that an estimated 271 radical Islamists who fought for militant groups have returned from war zones after being members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). The figure is made up of 217 ...

Iran MPs under fire for ’embarrassing’ selfies with Mogherini

Members of the Iranian parliament have found themselves under fire for “strange” behaviour involving the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini. She was in Iran for President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration on Saturday when she found herself the centre of attention on the parliament floor. Photos showed Ms Mogherini surrounded by a number of male MPs, taking photos. Many social media users ...

Turkey working with Australia on bomb plot

Turkish police say they are working with Australian authorities to investigate a foiled plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight using explosives which Canberra said were flown in from Turkey. In a statement issued late on Saturday, police said they had contacted Australian authorities as soon as they received news of the foiled plot. The two sides have “started working ...

Egypt, Kuwait air forces conduct joint drill in Egyptian airspace

Egyptian air forces began on Sunday joint military exercises with their Kuwaiti counterparts in Egyptian airspace, Egypt’s army said on Sunday. The drills aim to “bolster joint air capabilities using air forces from the two sides and strengthen military cooperation,” the army spokesman said in a statement. The exercise involved carrying out offensive and defensive sorties and conducting aerial reconnaissance ...

Homeland Security says it is ‘closely following’ Australia terror plot

The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it is closely monitoring the foiled Australia terrorist plot in which extremists planned an attack targeting an airplane. “We are closely following the terrorism investigation in Australia and assisting our partners,” DHS said in a statement. “The Department of Homeland Security remains focused on the persistent and emerging threats to aviation, and we have ...

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