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Turkey to allow female soldiers to wear headscarves – ministry officials

ANKARA: Turkey will allow female soldiers to wear a headscarf with their uniforms, defence ministry officials said on Wednesday, marking a symbolic shift for a military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state secularism. The change also reflects the influence of President Tayyip Erdogan and the AK Party he founded. Since coming… Read More »

US intercepts show Russian officials celebrating Trump win – Washington Post

WASHINGTON: Senior Russian officials celebrated Donald Trump’s election victory as a geopolitical win for Moscow, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing U.S. officials who said intercepted communications showed the Russians congratulating themselves on the outcome. The ebullient reaction among high-ranking Russian officials – including some who U.S. officials believe had knowledge of the country’s… Read More »

US charges Florida men with laundering money for Venezuelan officials

NEW YORK: A Florida construction equipment exporter’s owners were arrested on Wednesday on charges they illegally transferred over US$ 100 million (£81 million) from businesses largely in Venezuela to U.S. and foreign bank accounts belonging to Venezuelan government officials and others. Luis Diaz Jr., 74, and his son, Luis Javier Diaz, 49, were charged in… Read More »

Football: FIFA impose life bans on two ex-African officials

PARIS: Former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been barred from all football-related activity for life by FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday (Dec 8) for corruption. The bans handed down by world football’s governing body relate to a number of international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.… Read More »

US senators introduce bill to punish Chinese officials who suppress freedom in Hong Kong

WASHINGTON: United States senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton on Wednesday (Nov 16) introduced legislation that aims to take punitive action against those who suppress democracy in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would “renew the United States’ historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong at a time when… Read More »

Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States: US officials

WASHINGTON: A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month’s failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case involving a Turkish military officer in the United States… Read More »