How to help Turkey, Syria earthquake victims: Houston, national and international efforts in the works
Efforts are underway in Houston, across the nation and the world to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria as understanding dawns about the magnitude of devastation wreaked by the quake that leveled buildings, killing thousands.
Azerbaijan, Iran and Rising Tensions in the Caucasus
Azerbaijan and Iran — majority Shiite Muslim countries that share strong ethnic and linguistic ties and centuries of history — saw the worst escalation in their tense relations in January when the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran came under an armed attack. That followed Iran’s military buildup on its border with Azerbaijan in a dispute between the neighbors over Israel. The brewing conflict has ramifications for the larger Caucasus region, which is important to Russia and Turkey and crisscrossed bwashingtonpost.com
Earthquake death toll climbs in Turkey and Syria
At least 2,300 people were killed after a 7.8 magnitude, pre-dawn earthquake rocked the border of Turkey and Syria early Monday, toppling thousands of buildings and leaving hundreds of people trapped under rubble. The quake, which was centered on Turkey's southeastern province of Kahramanmaras, could be felt as far away as Cairo and Beirut as powerful aftershocks continued to rattle the region.news.yahoo.com
Russian missile hits Turkish ship in Kherson on Tuesday
A fire broke out on the Tusla ship, which is a Turkey-owned vessel, during an attack that Russian forces carried out on Kherson city on the evening of Tuesday, 24 January 2023. Source: Turkish media outlets, including NTV and TGRT, as reported by European Pravda; Reuters news outlet citing the maritime security company Ambrey Details: As a result of the attack on Kherson, a fire broke out in a command room of the vessel.news.yahoo.com
Why Erdogan’s Reelection Bid in Turkey Isn’t a Sure Bet
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who wields almost unbridled power in Turkey, is seeking another term as president in elections likely to come in May. With the country facing an economic crisis, polls suggest a tight race that could threaten his 20-year rule, the longest in Turkey’s history. Even before a date’s been set, it’s become a rancorous contest. Electoral rules have been rewritten to give Erdogan and his party an edge. And critics say he’s leaning on the courts to disqualify strong competitors andwashingtonpost.com
US says it's time for Finland, Sweden to join NATO
The Biden administration said Thursday it’s time for Turkey to ratify Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, bluntly saying that holdout members of the alliance should quickly approve their memberships. The State Department said Secretary of State Antony Blinken had affirmed resolute support for Finland and Sweden in phone calls with their foreign ministers and said the U.S. places great importance on “remaining allies quickly ratifying their accession.”news.yahoo.com
UN fails to extend aid deliveries to Syrian rebel-held area
The U.N. Security Council has failed to extend humanitarian aid deliveries to 4.1 million Syrians in the rebel-held northwest from Turkey after Russia vetoed a resolution for a year-long extension and got insufficient support for its resolution for a six-month extension.
World Bank dims outlook for global economy amid Russia war
The World Bank has sharply downgraded its outlook for the global economy, pointing to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the prospect of widespread food shortages and concerns about the potential return of “stagflation” — a toxic mix of high inflation and sluggish growth unseen for more than four decades.
Ukraine war stokes concerns over Turkey's nuclear plant
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot activists say uncertainty over the safety of war-wracked Ukraine’s nuclear power plants has reignited concerns over a Russian-owned nuclear power station being built in a quake-prone area on Turkey’s southern coast.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine leaves global trade in tatters
Sanctions on Russia are starting to wreak havoc on global trade, with potentially devastating consequences for energy and grain importers while also generating ripple effects across a world still struggling to overcome pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions.