ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden on Monday that it should not expect Turkey’s support to join NATO after the Koran was burned outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.
“Those who allow such shameful acts in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm cannot expect good news from us about NATO membership,” Erdogan said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting. (Türkiye-Sweden-Quran Burning)
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BEIRUT – The judge investigating the Beirut port bombing resumed work on Monday after a 13-month suspension under political pressure, the National News Agency reported.
Returning to office, Judge Tarek Bitar ordered the release of five detained suspects and announced his plan to file charges against others. (Lebanon-Beirut port explosion probe)
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TUNIS – Tunisia will hold the second round of legislative elections on January 29, the Independent Electoral Authority (ISIE) said on Monday.
Polling stations across the country will open to voters at 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) and close at 6 p.m. local time, according to an ISIE statement. (Tunisia legislative elections)
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ADEN, Yemen — A bomb blast hit a Yemeni government forces vehicle on Monday in the country’s southern Abyan province, killing at least two soldiers and wounding five others, a military official told Xinhua.
The bomb was planted by Yemen-based al-Qaeda militants on the roadside in the Mudiyah district and detonated with a remote-controlled device, killing two soldiers on the military vehicle, the local military official said on condition of anonymity, adding four others and one policeman were seriously injured. (Yemen-the bomb blast-Al-Qaeda)