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Climate-warming gases being smuggled into Europe, investigation says

Singapore Reuters Large amounts of climate-warming refrigerant gases from China and Turkey are being smuggled illegally into Europe, undermining a global pact to phase them out, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said on Monday. The gases are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a range of chemicals used mostly for cooling in industry and retail, […]

Istanbul nightclub fire kills 29 during renovation

Istanbul, Turkey Reuters At least 29 people were killed on Tuesday when a fire engulfed Istanbul’s underground Masquerade nightclub during daytime renovation work, Turkish local authorities said, blaming an accident during the work. Firefighters doused the charred and smoking entrance to the club, which occupies two basement floors, as paramedics rushed victims into ambulances. Earlier […]

Imamoglu, the Turkish mayor following in Erdogan’s footsteps

Istanbul, Turkey Reuters Newly re-elected Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has emerged as the main challenger to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s reign. But in some ways, he is following in the footsteps of the Turkish leader who ran the city in the 1990s.  Aside from having led the country’s biggest city, both have family roots in […]

Turkey’s resurgent opposition knocks Erdogan in pivotal local elections

Istanbul, Turkey Reuters Turks punished President Tayyip Erdogan and his party on Sunday in nationwide local elections that reasserted the opposition as a political force and reinforced Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu as the president’s chief future rival. With more than half of votes counted, Imamoglu led by nearly 10 percentage points in the mayoral race […]

Migrant boat sinks off Turkey, children among 22 dead

Istanbul, Turkey Reuters At least 22 people drowned, including seven children, when a rubber boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s north-west province of Canakkale, the local governor’s office said on Friday, adding that search and rescue efforts continued. In a statement, the Canakkale governor’s office said that two people had been rescued by the coast […]

Pope says Ukraine should have “courage of the white flag” of negotiations

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis has said in an interview that Ukraine should have what he called the courage of the “white flag” and negotiate an end to the war with Russia that followed Moscow’s full-scale invasion two years ago and that has killed tens of thousands. Francis made his comments in an interview recorded […]

Armenia says it’s ready for peace deal if Azerbaijan shows political will

Antalya, Turkey Reuters Armenia is ready to sign a peace agreement with Azerbaijan if Baku shows the same political will, and is keen to make progress on normalising relations with Turkey, a senior Armenian official said the weekend. Yerevan and Baku said in December they wanted to reach a peace deal after decades of being […]

Syria allows UN to keep delivering aid from Turkey

Washington DC, US Reuters Syria has extended permission for the United Nations to deliver aid to opposition-held areas in the north-west of the country via two Turkish border crossings for another three months, said Syria’s UN envoy. Humanitarian aid is prepared to be delivered to Syria, in the town of Ramtha, Jordan, on 2nd July, […]