Australian troops stay in Iraq despite missile attacks

Australian troops will remain in Iraq despite Iranian missile attacks on coalition forces in the country, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with his national security committee on Thursday. Mr Morrison said his government remained focused on ensuring stability in Iraq, after United States President Donald Trump spoke about finding[Read More…]

Turkey bars international lawyers from attending Demirtaş hearing

Turkish authorities on Tuesday prevented two members of the Connecticut-based Lawyers Without Borders from observing a hearing in the trial of jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş, the Mezopotamya news agency reported. Lawyers Per Stadig and Stende Geer reportedly came from Sweden to observe the hearing. However, they were initially not[Read More…]

Erdoğan, new EU commission head discuss Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the new president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen discussed Turkey’s EU accession and the country’s Syrian refugee population in a phone call on Sunday. The pair talked about the 2016 Ankara- EU agreement on Syrian refugees and  the voluntary return of[Read More…]