EU leaders hold summit on illegal migration in Vienna


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EU leaders are to hold an informal summit on illegal migration and security in Vienna.

On 13 February, the Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced the date after meeting the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk. At that time, Austria will hold the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.

Iraq’s Kurdistan region to hold elections

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The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30.

A Kurdistan Regional Government media official said KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had approved the date.

The vote should elect both a parliament and a president for Kurdish regions which have gained self-rule in 1991, when a U.S-led coalition forced Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army to withdraw from them in the wake of his eight-month occupation of Kuwait.

Russia, Turkey and Iran agree Syrian peace talks

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A Syrian “Congress of National Dialogue” will be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 30-31, Russia said alongside its allies Turkey and Iran, while the United Nations urged them to support the struggling Geneva peace process.

Moscow, Tehran and Ankara announced the date in a joint statement after talks in the Kazakh capital Astana that also involved representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and some opposition groups.

The congress will see “the participation of all segments of Syrian society”, said the statement.

NATO summit takes place in Brussels

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The next Nato summit is to take place in Brussels. Heads of state and heads of government from the 28 Nato countries are due to attend.

The meeting will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General and will include a short opening ceremony.

Iranian Resistance Conference in Paris

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Call to support the uprising of the Iranian people and the direct broadcast of the Iranian Resistance Conference in Paris

The Iranian resistance has a large gathering for the annual general conference in the presence of more than 100 thousand people to support the “democratic alternative” Villepin Paris under the slogan “Free Iran, an uprising until the overthrow of the regime” 30 June 2018.

Turkey’s President Erdogan calls for snap elections

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a decision to hold snap elections in June 24.2018 after he met the leader of the country’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, at the presidential complex on 18.04.2018. The president’s decision comes a day after Bahceli called for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

“As result of consultations with Mr. Bahceli, we decided to hold elections on June 24, 2018, a Sunday,” Erdogan said in an address at his presidential palace after meeting Bahceli.

EU Foreign Affairs Council meets in Brussels

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The EU Foreign Affairs Council is to meet in Brussels. Chaired by the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, foreign ministers from the 28 EU member states are due to attend.

Turkey urges Islamic world to review Israel ties after Gaza massacre

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Turkey on Tuesday urged Islamic countries to review their ties with Israel and said it would call an extraordinary summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body after Israel massacred dozens of Palestinians during protests in Gaza on May 14.

Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing of at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza on the same day as the US formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in defiance of international outrage.

“Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told his ruling party in parliament..

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

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The annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is to take place in Russia. The Forum was established in 1997, and since 2006 SPIEF is held under the patronage of the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, who is expected to address the event.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits London


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Britain in 13th May, a top official said today, as Ankara sticks to its position of refusing to blame Russia for an attack on an ex-spy.

Relations between London and Ankara have over the last years been relatively robust, without the tensions that have plagued relations between Turkey and other European powers

such as Germany.

But while EU nations have rushed to join Britain in condemning Russia and expelling diplomats over the attack in England on ex-spy Sergei Skripal, Turkey has been much more circumspect.