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Turkey and the Levant

Stories under this heading cover Turkey as well as the Levant – a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean region of Western Asia, consisting of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

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EU in passionate appeal to end violence in the Middle East and address the root causes of the conflict

EU in passionate appeal to end violence in the Middle East and address the root causes of the conflict

"The EU’s priority and message in this context remains clear: violence must end now. There is an urgent need to address the root causes of the conflict and to find a political pathway, which allows for a return to meaningful negotiations towards a two-state solution based on the internationally agreed parameters.  Both Israelis and Palestinians alike have the right to live in safety and security, freedom and democracy. These constant cycles of violence must be brought to an end."
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Israel destroys Gaza tower block housing international media, as conflict rages on

Israel destroys Gaza tower block housing international media, as conflict rages on

The Israeli military have bombed and destroyed a tower block in Gaza which housed international media organisations such as Associated Press and Al Jazeera. This was the latest development in the dramatic escalation of conflict across the Holy Land which has already left hundreds dead and injured Palestinians and Israelis.

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New round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week

New round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week

A new round of UN-mediated Syrian peace talks are starting this week in Geneva to agree on national principles before drafting a new constitution. Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, has been pushing towards revising Syria's constitution as a step towards ending the country's nine-year-old civil war.
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Turkish and Saudi foreign ministers hold "sincere meeting"

Turkish and Saudi foreign ministers hold "sincere meeting"

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he held a meeting with his Saudi counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues. Cavusoglu said in a tweet that the “sincere” meeting with Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud was held on the occasion of the 47th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.
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Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Memorandums of Understanding about the transfer of shares were signed on Thursday (26 November) during the visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to Ankara to participate in the 6th meeting of the Qatar-Turkey High Strategic Council
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Erdogan loses another of the AK party grandees

Erdogan loses another of the AK party grandees

In recent days Bulent Arinc, during a TV interview, appeared to be advocating the release from prison of Kurdish political leader Selahattin Demirtas who is accused of supporting Kurdish PKK terrorist activity, and businessman philantropist Osman Kavala, who is accused of being involved in a coup attempt in 2016