Report: Shooting kills 3 Kurds celebrating new year in Syria
Syrian opposition activists and state media say that Turkey-backed opposition fighters have shot dead at least three Kurds who were celebrating the new year by lighting a fires to mark the occasion leading to tensions in the areawashingtonpost.com
Cypriot president pledges 2% of GDP on defense spending
The president of Cyprus says he will earmark 2% of gross domestic product to defense spending in line with other European Union member states as a means to strengthen the east Mediterranean island nation’s foreign policy bargaining powerwashingtonpost.com
Earthquake in Turkey devastates home of UTRGV basketball player
Keeping in touch with her family in Turkey was normal, but there was something different about this call from home. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey near Soysal’s childhood home in Hatay where her parents and extended family live. The UTRGV women’s basketball team honored Soysal along with three seniors on Senior Night against Sam Houston on Feb. 25 at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg. UTRGV women’s basketball director of operations, Victoria Peña, who played high school basketball at Edinburg North, started a GoFundMe to help Soysal’s family in Turkey. They support me a lot and were there for me when everything happened and I really appreciate it.”To donate to the GoFundMe to help Soysal’s family, visit www.gofundme.com/f/turkey-earthquake-relief-for-soysal-family.myrgv.com
Alliance picks main opposition leader to run against Erdogan
A six-party alliance has nominated the leader of Turkey's main opposition party as its common candidate to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in elections in May, ending months of uncertainty and bickering that had frustrated their supporters.
Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse sets up emergency field hospital in Turkey amid 'unbelievable' wreckage
Samaritan's Purse, the international Christian disaster relief group, is on the ground in Turkey after devastating earthquakes, helping to tend to the health and medical needs of residents.foxnews.com
Turkey quake revives debate over nuclear plant being built
A devastating earthquake that toppled buildings across parts of Turkey and neighboring Syria has revived a longstanding debate locally and in neighboring Cyprus about a large nuclear power station being built on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coastline.
The town that didn't collapse: How a tiny Turkish city avoided the earthquake's destruction
Death and destruction surround Erzin, but the city in Turkey’s Hatay province suffered no deaths and saw no buildings collapse in last week’s earthquake, residents and officials say, as the fallout focuses on construction codes.news.yahoo.com
Newborn saved from rubble in quake-hit Syria in good health
The baby girl born under the rubble of her family's home in northern Syria in the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake is in good health and being breast-fed by the wife of the director of the hospital where she is being cared for, her doctor says.
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.