epa04510989 A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidential Press Office shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) chatting before a press conference in the new presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, 01 December 2014. Putin and Erdogan began a meeting in Ankara to discuss their often opposing views on the crisis in Syria, the Islamic State threat and gas supplies to Turkey. Russia agreed to send more gas to Turkey and charge 6 per cent less for the energy, starting in January. Putin is on a one-day official visit to Turkey.
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OWEN MATTHEWS – Erdoğan and Putin reignite the bromance

ISTANBUL — The long-standing friendship between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to resume after a 10-month interruption as the two strongmen meet for a summit in St. Petersburg Tuesday. Relations between the presidents of Russia and Turkey have been frayed since last November when Turkish F-16s downed a Russian bomber that strayed over the Syrian-Turkish border. But now, …

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Vijay Prashad – Tens of Thousands of Child Refugees Are Missing in Europe, and Many More Are Suffering a Plight Beyond Imagination

In memory of Jo Cox, 1974-2016, campaigner for immigrants and refugees, MP from Batley and Spen (Yorkshire). UNICEF–the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund–has released two reports on the tragic situation of refugee children who are fleeing areas of conflict and poverty for the West. These reports–Danger Every Step of the Way (June 5) and The Refugee Crisis in Europe (June 16)–are …

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US seizure of USD 2 billion in Iranian assets highway robbery: Zarif

Iran says the deduction of around USD two billion in frozen Iranian assets recently authorized by a US court ruling is “highway robbery,” vowing that the Islamic Republic will retrieve the sum. According to Press TV, last Wednesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that the money had to be turned over to the American families of the people killed in …