Articles worth reading
Image : Curves rule the Lagos catwalk

Curves rule the Lagos catwalk

person Orange Themes access_time Oct 27,2016

Karl Lagerfeld once sniffed that "no one wants to see curvy women" on the runway, but a wave of Nigerian designers are proving him wrong. The opening night of Lagos and Fashion Design Week on Wednesday featured five designers showcasing plus-size

Image : Louisa May Alcott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Louisa May Alcott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

person Orange Themes access_time Nov 29,2016

Louisa May Alcott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is being celebrated with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 184th birthday. “Today's Doodle portrays Beth, Jo, Amy, and Meg March, as well as

Image : Lawyer urges supreme court to throw out Brexit case after article 50 vote

Lawyer urges supreme court to throw out Brexit case after article 50 vote

person Orange Themes access_time Dec 09,2016

Lawyer urges supreme court to throw out Brexit case after article 50 vote The supreme court has been urged to throw out a momentous legal challenge to the government's powers to trigger Brexit, with Downing Street lawyers claiming parliament's

Latest blog articles

Turkish foreign minister hits back at 'weak' Iraq PM

access_time Nov 03,2016 chat_bubble_outline 45 views
Turkish foreign minister hits back at 'weak' Iraq PM

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denounced Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as "weak" on Wednesday, further escalating tensions after Baghdad warned Ankara about provoking a confrontation through deploying tanks near Iraq.

Abadi's remarks were made on Tuesday after Turkey sent a 30-vehicle convoy including artillery to the southeastern district of Silopi, with the Iraqi leader warning that any Turkish "invasion" would prompt a fierce response.

The two countries traded barbs last month over Ankara's military presence in Iraq's north and its insistence on playing a role in the offensive to retake second city Mosul from Islamic State (IS) extremists.

"If you have the strength, why did you surrender Mosul to terror organisations?

"If you are so strong, why has the PKK occupied your lands for years?" Cavusoglu jeered, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party which is waging an insurgency inside Turkey and has bases in northern Iraq.

"You cannot even fight against a terror organisation, you are weak," he said in televised comments.

- Turkey at risk -

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus on Wednesday suggested Ankara had sent in the convoy as a precautionary measure because of the "fires raging (there)... and this neighbouring fire can spread to us".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was ready to take on more responsibility in the region even as it was facing threats from the ongoing volatility along its borders.

"Some people give us lessons, they say 'do not get so involved in Iraq'... well, what are we going to do?" he asked in a speech to the Organisation for Islamic Co-operation in Istanbul.

"It is us that has a 350-kilometre (220-mile) border with Iraq."

The future was far from clear in Mosul, Kirkuk, Tal Afar and Sinjar, he said. "What happens next is unknown," he added, saying Turkey was preparing to deal with any situation.

During the Mosul offensive, Kirkuk has been subject to diversionary attacks from IS while Tal Afar is a town near Mosul where Shiite militias advanced at the weekend. Erdogan previously warned the militias not to attack Turkmen residents in Tal Afar.

Turkey also fears the district of Sinjar could become another base for the PKK which Erdogan has said he will not allow.

Defence Minister Fikri Isik also said Turkey was ready for any developments in the region, and was continuing important work to prepare for this.

- 'Playing tough' -

Ankara claims its artillery hit IS positions in Iraq during the Mosul operation but Baghdad denies any Turkish involvement and has called for Turkish troops training fighters near Mosul to be withdrawn.

Iraqi forces fought their way into the northern city that has been held by IS since June 2014 in the third week of the operation.

As the Turkish convoy moved in, Abadi said Iraq was "ready" for a confrontation with Ankara even though he insisted he did not want to go to war with Turkey.

In response, Cavusoglu said it was "not right to make flippant remarks", accusing Iraq of trying to "play tough" with empty rhetoric.

Cavusoglu's remarks were in stark contrast to those made during a visit to Doha on Tuesday in which he admitted Turkish troops' presence in northern Iraq had created "unnecessary tension".

Erdogan says Turkey has nearly 700 soldiers at the camp training fighters who will assist Kurdish peshmerga forces retake Mosul.

Relations between the two neighbours soured on October 1 after the Turkish parliament renewed a mandate for its troops to spend another year in Iraq and Syria.

World - Yahoo News
Champions League: Who can Arsenal, Man City and Leicester face?

Read on the original site chat_bubble_outline

Philippines: US military can build barracks in local camps

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief says President Rodrigo Duterte has given the go-ahead for U.S. military construction of barracks in designated local camps where American forces are allowed to temporarily station under a 2014 defense pact.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday that Duterte told him the construction under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement can proceed but for him to make sure no weapons will be stockpiled in the facilities.Duterte earlier… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Vietnam still imports products from China that are plentiful at home

Vietnam spent $32 billion on imports from China in the first eight months of the year, including products which are plentiful in Vietnam. Vietnam imported 9.7 million tons of coal in the first eight months of the year   Steel According to the General Department of Customs (GDC), in the first eight months of the year, Vietnam imported 7.3 million tons of steel from China, worth $2.9 billion. Experts have repeatedly warned about the steady increases in steel imports from China, saying that… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Toomey's split strategy embraces Kaine and attacks Clinton

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a campaign pitch to moderate voters, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is launching a TV ad that recounts praise from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, but Toomey's also on TV attacking Hillary Clinton in other parts of Pennsylvania.The ads are airing this week as Toomey tries to ward off a challenge by Democrat Katie McGinty. The neck-and-neck race could tip Senate control to Democrats.The ad mentioning Kaine's 2013 praise of Toomey as a man of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Messi records another incredible stat against Las Palmas

Read on the original site chat_bubble_outline

folder_open Assigned tags