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Two people killed in Tel Aviv car explosion

An explosion was reported in Hatikva Quarter in Israel's Tel Aviv on Sunday night. Two cars went up in flames, the local police said. The bodies of two men in their thirties were extricated from one car and their deaths were …

Iran condemns 'Sultan of Coins' to death

A court in Iran sentenced to death a financial trader known as the 'Sultan of Coins', along with another man, the judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency reported. "Two of those convicted of spreading corruption on earth …

 Turkish football star probed for suspected Gulen links

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into footballers Arda Turan, Emre Belözoğlu, Okan Buruk, and Bülent Korkmaz for their alleged links to FETÖ, the group believed to have been behind a …

Saudi consul general leaves Istanbul

Saudi Arabia's top diplomat in Istanbul Mohammed al-Otaibi has reportedly left Turkey, hours after it was announced his official residence would be searched in connection with a journalist's disappearance. …

Turkey to release U.S. pastor Brunson

U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson has been freed from house arrest by a court in Turkey's western province of Izmir. Brunson was sentenced to three years in prison but will not serve time as he had already spent two years …

Former Almaty mayor sentenced in absentia

Former Almaty mayor Viktor Khrapunov and his wife have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms in absentia on corruption charges that they have called politically motivated. At a hearing, a court in Kazakhstan's …

Turkish police conducting raids in Adana

Turkish police are conducting raids in the southern province of Adana, Turkish media reported. Over 100 policemen are involved in the operation, during which some Syrian citizens, who are suspected of forging documents, have been …

Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Ankara

Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, this morning, hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties. A police officer said that the drive-by shooting occurred …

Turkey rejects US pastor's appeal for release

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal for U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges. Brunson’s lawyer, İsmail Cem Halavurt, filed the demand on August 14 …