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Feb17

Turkey to purchase Russian missile system

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkey’s president has said his country will proceed with plans to purchase the advanced S-400 air-defense system from Russia despite pressure from the United States to scrap the deal. “We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it is out of the question for us to turn back,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara on February 16. U.S. officials had given NATO-member Turkey an informal deadline of February 15 to respond to a rival U.S. offer to purchase a Patriot missile-defense system for $3.5 billion. Erdogan said Turkey was still open to purchasing the Patriot systems, but Washington has said it would withdraw the offer if Turkey...

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Feb10

Turkey blasts China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims

By: AFP Source: AFP Turkey has condemned China’s treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as “a great embarrassment for humanity”, adding to rights groups’ recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority. “The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. Aksoy also said Turkey had learned of the “tragic” death in custody on Saturday of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit. “We’ve learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his compositions, died in the...

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Jan31

Concern as Israel bars monitoring group from Hebron

By: AFP Source: The Daily Star RAMALLAH, Palestine: Palestinian and European officials expressed concern and regret Wednesday over Israel’s decision not to renew the mandate of an international monitoring group in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established after a massacre of Palestinians in 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias. The Palestinians labeled the move a “green light” for Israeli settlers in the city to carry out abuses. “I think nations should stand tall against this,” PLO secretary general Saeb Erekat...

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