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Erdogan’s AK Party Seeks to Empower President, Eliminate PM

(GPA) Ankara – Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has proposed a bill in parliament to further expand the power of his office while possible eliminating the Prime Ministry. The ruling AK Party in Turkey has put a bill in to committee that would further expand the powers of the office of President while […]

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ISIS Beheads a Family of Four in Libya; LNA Seeks Russian Support

ISIS IN ACTION On 25 November, four members of a single family were beheaded in their house in Khoms, with graffiti left behind claiming ISIS was responsible. The motive and perpetrators of the attack are unknown, but locals say that the family belongs to a branch of Salafism whose members have had an active role fighting […]

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European Parliament Votes to Halt Talks on Turkey’s Membership in EU

(GPA) Strasbourg – The European Parliament held a symbolic vote on Thursday that called to freeze the process of accession of Turkey in to the European Union (EU). The vote is not binding but may be a good survey of EU member states’ feelings on continuing the negotiations.   Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all […]

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As EU Talks Crumble, Turkey Hopes to Join ‘Shanghai Block’

(GPA) Ankara – After 11 years of continuous negotiations, Turkish president Recep Erdogan has said his country doesn’t need to join the European Union (EU) if it conflicts with national interests. Since the coup against Erdogan’s Growing autocratic rule in July, talks with the EU have hit an all time low due to continuous human […]

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Russian Ships ‘Chase Off’ Dutch Submarine in Mediterranean

(GPA) Syria – The Russian battle group operating near the Syrian port of Latakia claims to have chased a Dutch observation submarine away earlier today. The Dutch military has said in a statement they have no comment on the alleged incident except one Defense Minister who said it was unwise “to go along with the […]

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Will Brexit Die in the British Parliament?

(GPA) London – The U.K.’s highest court has ruled parliament must vote on the Brexit referendum, leading many to question if it will actually happen. Yesterday the U.K. High Court said in a ruling that any decision on Brexit must first pass through the Houses of Parliament. The decision was based on a rule in […]

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Banks Make Plans to Leave England Amid Post-Brexit Tension

(GPA) London – Four months after the historic public referendum to leave the European Union (EU) was narrowly passed, citizens of the U.K. are dealing with more fallout. The process of the U.K. beginning to leave the EU isn’t officially set to begin until March of next year. Although this is almost a year after […]

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US and EU Continue to Condemn the Libyan National Army’s Actions

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte last week, the Misratan-led Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces started a slow advance on the ‘Hay al-Jiza al-Bahriya’ area, and the ‘600 flats’ residential area. They came under sustained fire from Islamic State (ISIS) snipers positioned on the roofs of the flats, as well as being targeted by several suicide bombers […]

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EU to Start Training Libyan Forces to Combat Arms Trafficking

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Misratan-led Al-Bunyan Al-Marsus (BM) forces continued to make more gains against Islamic State (ISIS). On 30 August they fully took control of the ‘first’ residential area, and on 2 September they moved against the last remaining ‘third’ residential area. On 31 August PM Fayez […]

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EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

12 European countries have flouted an EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Sisi’s Egypt, rights group says. (MEE) Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union’s members of fueling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday. International organisations have accused Egyptian President Abdel […]

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