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Middle East

25.09.2013

At the UN General Assembly in New York, the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the further promotion of a dialogue of the "Six" on the Iranian nuclear program, as well as chemical weapons in Syria, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

As EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton told earlier, this week the Iranian Foreign Minister will meet with the "Six" International Mediators on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program.

25.09.2013

Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation has instructed the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to work out a draft for a new unmanned aerial vehicle such as a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, Zaman newspaper reported today.

According to the newspaper, TÜBİTAK intends to create a drone that can stay aloft for as long as possible and take some 500 kilogramme payload on board. Moreover, the new drone will take pictures and examine the territory over which it will fly.

Earlier, Turkey manufactured its first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ANKA.

25.09.2013

Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel has been charged with participating in a military coup that took place on February 28, 1997, Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.

The charges against Demirel were brought through the Criminal Court of Erzurum province.
A number of high ranking Turkish military including Generals Cevik Bir, Erol Ozkasnak and others have already been imprisoned over this case.

25.09.2013

Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Gormez has stated that he wants to announce to the whole world that Muslims strongly condemn the latest terrorist attacks targeting non-Muslims in Pakistan and Kenya Today`s Zaman reported.

24.09.2013

An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead three NATO soldiers in the east of Afghanistan on Saturday, the military coalition said in a statement, dpa reported.

NATO and Afghan officials were "assessing the incident to determine the facts," it added, giving no further details.

General Zahir Azimi, the spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, confirmed the incident which he said took place in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia.

He said it was not immediately clear whether the individual was a Taliban insurgent in disguise or a member of the Afghan army.

24.09.2013

A prominent Taliban commander who was the group's shadow governor in a northern Afghan district was killed along with 10 colleagues, Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior said Saturday, dpa reported.

"Mohebbullah, also called as Moheb Lang (Moheb the Lame), was killed along with two other insurgents' commanders, two suicide bombers and six foreign citizens in a special operation launched by Afghan security forces," the ministry said in a statement.

24.09.2013

At least 11 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack on a funeral in northern Baghdad, police said, dpa reported.

A further 30 people were injured when a suicide attacker set off his explosive-laden car near the ceremony in the Iraqi city's mainly Sunni Azamieh district.

The attack is the third in as many days on funerals in the Iraqi capital.

Alsumaria television reported that 14 people were killed in an attack on Sunday in the largely Sunni southern Dora district, while 50 died and 100 were injured in a twin bombing on a funeral in Shiite-dominated Sadr City on Saturday.

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.

24.09.2013

Azerbaijan and Israel are preparing to sign an agreement in December on the avoidance of double taxation, Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Rafael Harpaz told journalists on Tuesday.

The signing of this agreement will strengthen cooperation between the two countries, the ambassador said.

To date Azerbaijan has signed agreements on avoidance of double taxation with 43 countries.

"Visits and events are expected in the coming year which will strengthen cooperation between our countries. Israel will be represented by a large delegation at the Bakutel 2013 exhibition," Harpaz said.

24.09.2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague has held his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif since President Hassan Rouhani was elected, BBC reported.

A series of talks are taking place at the United Nations amid signs of a thaw in Iran's relations with the West.

The UK shut down its Tehran embassy in 2011 after it was stormed in a protest over British nuclear sanctions.

Mr Hague welcomed recent statements from Iran aimed at easing concerns about its uranium enrichment work.