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49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

rkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, center right, stands with freed hostages at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. AP

Forty-nine Turks held hostage for months by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq were freed and returned to Turkey on Saturday, to emotional family reunions and a triumphant Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Kerry, Hagel urge coalition against Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listen as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a leaders meeting on the future of NATO at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. NATO leaders will back plans Friday for positioning more troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, establishing a rapid response force aimed at easing anxiety among member states near Russia's border and deterring the Kremlin against replicating its provocations in Ukraine elsewhere in the region. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

America’s top diplomatic and defense leaders on Friday pressed a core coalition of 10 nations to summon the will to go after the Islamic State group in Iraq by using military force and squeezing the militants’ financial resources, and they insisted the western nations build a plan by the time the UN General Assembly meets in about two weeks.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Turkey evacuates wounded Palestinians from Gaza

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country has started to evacuate wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Erdogan vows ‘new era’ in Turkey after ‘historic’ election win

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to the crowd on top of a bus in downtown Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Turks were voting in their first direct presidential election Sunday _ a watershed event in Turkey’s 91-year history, where the president was previously elected by Parliament. Erdogan on Sunday vowed a "new era" of reconciliation in Turkey after winning a "historic" victory in the presidential elections.  AP PHOTO/EMRAH GUREL

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed a “new era” of reconciliation in Turkey after winning a “historic” victory in presidential elections.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Erdogan says Israel more barbaric than Hitler

Pro-Palestinian women pray on the main Ataturk Boulevard as they stage a protest rally near the residence of Israeli ambassador, hours after Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza Strip, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 18, 2014. AP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler” during its ground invasion of Gaza.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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