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Law & Legal Issues, Middle East

06.11.2013

The upcoming 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan "is vulnerable to corruption and fraud," an Afghan watchdog said Monday, dpa reported.

Fraud, ballot stuffing, misuse of government resources by candidates and abuse of government positions are among the concerns, said Yama Torabi, a member of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Reviews have identified monitoring gaps that create opportunities for fraud and corruption, he said in a press conference.

30.10.2013

Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help U.S.-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides, Reuters reported.

The inmates, convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after interim accords were signed two decades ago, were bussed from jail at midnight to welcoming parties in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

23.10.2013

Turkish families with three or more children will be exempt from paying taxes, Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Shimshek said during a debate on the 2014 state budget in the country's Parliament, Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday.

According to the publication, Turkey's budget for the next year allocated 78.5 billion lira for education and 30.4 billion lira for social assistance to low-income families.

Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for increasing the birth rate in the country.

15.10.2013

Syria officially joined Monday the United Nations convention banning chemical weapons, the spokesman of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.

"As of today Syria became a full-fledged state member of the convention," Michael Luhan told dpa.

He said the move comes after "the decision taken a few weeks ago at Syria's request to fast forward the application to enable us to get on with our work."

Around 60 members from the UN-backed OPCW is overseeing the destruction of Syria's stockpile as well as some of its chemical weapons production equipment.

09.10.2013

Twenty-three candidates have registered to take part in Afghanistan's presidential election, scheduled for early April, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, dpa reported.

"Registration process for the presidential nominees officially ended today, October 6. The total number of people who registered is 23," said Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the IEC.

On Sunday alone, 14 candidates registered at the election commission headquarters, many arriving in armoured convoys with bodyguards and scores of supporters in tow.

09.10.2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed two new vice-presidents, Fars News Agency reported.

Shahindokht Molaverdi was appointed as vice-president for women and family affairs and Mohammad Shariatmadari as vice-president for executive affairs.

Shariatmadari served as minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of the then President Mohammad Khatami.

02.10.2013

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler has said a new agency will be created in the security services included in the Interior Ministry, Anadolu agency reported.

According to Guler the new agency will create conditions allowing some 30,000 policemen in the security services to hold more important positions.

The minister noted that the new agency will benefit from the police experience in preventing negative cases.

24.09.2013

On Tuesday Turkish Security Forces carried out a large scale operation against drug traffickers in the Eastern Province of Diyarbekir, Anadolu agency reported.

According to the statement, 24 teams from the Turkish Gendarmerie and three units from the Anti-Drug department of the Secretariat General on Turkey's security participated in the operation. Three helicopters were also involved.

It is reported the operation is directed against drug traffickers connected with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party.

11.09.2013

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Sept.10 with the families of two Turkish pilots kidnapped last month in Beirut in a case linked to the Syrian conflict Hurriyetdailynews reported.

After the meeting, İrfan Medet Akpinar, brother of kidnapped pilot Murat Akpinar, said the minister shared up-to-date information about the situation of the pilots.

15.08.2013

Iran doesn't have any official information on whereabouts of Iranian-born Briton Abbas Yazdanpanah Yazdi, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said, Fars news agency reported.

Abbas Yazdanpanah Yazdi, 44, disappeared from his office in Dubai in June, and has been missing since.

Relatives and friends of Yazdi, say they believe he has been smuggled out of the UAE to Iran.

"We do not have any information on him," Araqchi said. "Iran even co-operated with UAE, and asked to provide some information on the case."