Several killed in Russian assault on eastern Ukraine towns

Russian forces on Wednesday launched offensives on towns in eastern Ukraine with constant mortar bombardment, destroying several houses and killing civilians, Ukrainian officials said, as Russia focuses its attack on the industrial Donbass region. Russia is attempting to seize the separatist-claimed Donbass’ two provinces, Donetsk and Luhansk, and trap Ukrainian forces in a pocket on … Read more

European champ Anadolu Efes visits Atatürk’s mausoleum Anıtkabir

The newly crowned EuroLeague basketball champion Anadolu Efes paid a visit to Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Turkey’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara Wednesday. Led by veteran head coach Ergin Ataman, players, staff and club officials brought the two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophies during the visit. After coach Ataman laid a wreath on Atatürk’s … Read more

Despite US, Russian promises, YPG/PKK still close to Turkish border

The PKK terrorist organization and its Syrian wing still pose a threat to Turkey and Syrians living close to the border despite pledges by both the United States and Russia to withdraw the terrorists 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Turkey’s southern border. Turkey made separate agreements with the US and Russia on the withdrawal of … Read more

Cementing links, Turkey, Azerbaijan to cooperate on space, tech

Ankara and Baku are due to further strengthen their links and will sign several agreements that will cover space, technology and industry areas, a Turkish official said Friday. The deals will be signed on the sidelines of the Teknofest Azerbaijan, the first foreign edition of the leading Turkish aviation, space and technology festival, which is … Read more

More than 20 killed in one of Rio’s deadliest police operations

Police in Rio de Janeiro raided the Vila Cruzeiro favela before dawn Tuesday, setting off a fierce firefight that authorities said killed more than 20 people. The operation was aimed at locating and arresting criminal leaders, some from other states, police said in an early statement. The statement, issued Tuesday morning, said that officers were … Read more

Boston Celtics cool down Miami Heat to take 3-2 NBA series lead

Boston Celtics moved a step closer to the NBA Finals Wednesday after 25 points from Jaylen Brown scored and 22 from Jayson Tatum gave them a 93-80 victory over Miami Heat. Tatum also contributed game-highs of 12 rebounds and nine assists as the visiting Celtics took a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals … Read more

Turkey, Israel agree to reenergize bilateral ties in rare visit

Turkey and Israel have agreed to “reenergize” relations in several fields, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at a press conference with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid on Wednesday during the first official visit by a Turkish foreign minister to Israel in 15 years. Lapid, for his part, said that Turkey and Israel are opening a … Read more

Turkey can serve as ‘green industrialization’ model: Experts

Turkey can serve as a model for other developing nations in “green industrialization,” while focusing itself on efficiency and cooperation with other countries, experts said. “Turkey has a huge potential of hydro as well as wind power compared to many developing countries,” said Fatma Gül Ünal, senior economist at the UN Conference on Trade and … Read more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian minor in West Bank

A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot in the head by Israeli forces and died on Wednesday after clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. A ministry statement said Ghaith Rafiq Yamin was shot by Israeli forces near Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Nablus early Wednesday. Nearly 100 Palestinians … Read more

Alcaraz, Zverev survive French Open scare, Nadal, Djokovic cruise

Spanish rising star Carlos Alcaraz and third seed Alexander Zverev both pulled off narrow escapes while veterans Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were in cruise control to reach French Open third round Wednesday. Alcaraz, widely tipped as a title contender, rallied from the brink to defeat compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 5-7, 7-6 (7/2), … Read more