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Newsline: Turkey’s Embassy in Sweden Attacked by Masked Men

Turkey’s Embassy in the Swedish capital of Stockholm has been attacked by two masked men, media reported Wednesday. The two attackers, detected by the surveillance camera, threw bottles with white paint at the embassy building in Stockholm, the Anadolu news agency reported. Swedish police have launched investigation into the attack. In November 2016, a group of unidentified people attacked a mosque and a Turkish cultural center in Stockholm.


Newsline: Picture of Russian ambassador’s assassination in Turkey wins international award

The photo of the gunman who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December has won the World Press Photo of the year competition. It was the 60th year of this award, which “honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year”, according to the World Press Photo Foundation.  The assassination photo was snapped by Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press in Istanbul, moments after the attack. Mary F Calvert, member of the jury, said the winning photograph “was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times.


Newsline: Turkey’s Ambassador pledges to nab killers of Saudi Arabian

Ankara has stepped up efforts to bring the murderers of a Saudi citizen in Turkey to justice, said a top Turkish diplomat. Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer said: “My government will do all it can to apprehend those involved in this heinous crime.” Speaking on behalf of the Turkish government and its diplomatic mission in Riyadh, Demirer offered his “heartfelt condolences” to the bereaved family of Fahad Ibrahim Al-Doweirij, who was killed in the southern Turkish city of Mardin after a demonstration went on a rampage. The bodies of the Saudi victim and a Syrian were found on Oct. 8. He, however, said “this is an individual incident, which will not affect our ties.” Turkish authorities have announced that the Saudi citizen and the Syrian national had been killed by a group affiliated with the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group. The Saudi Embassy in Turkey is also closely following up on the case, said an SPA report.


Newsline: Costa Rica opens embassy in Turkey

The Republic of Costa Rica opened an embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Costa Rican counterpart Manuel Gonzalez Sanz attended the inauguration ceremony. Cavusoglu said that cooperation between the two countries will mainly focus on economic opportunities and on establishing a free trade zone. The foreign minister also mentioned that Turkey is expanding its presence in Central America, increasing the number of countries with its embassies to 12 in the region. Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister Sanz described the day as a “historic one,” as Costa Rica became the first Central American country to open an embassy in Turkey.


Newsline: Greek ambassador to Turkey summoned over Cyprus hiatus

The Greek Ambassador in Ankara, Kyriakos Loukakis, has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry following the Greek suspension of peace talks over Cyprus. The move came after the Greek Cypriot administration suspended negotiations over the divided island after Turkey sent a warship to monitor oil and gas exploration off the coast of Cyprus. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades abandoned the talks with the Turkish Cypriot leadership Tuesday following reports that the Turkish corvette had been sent to monitor Greek Cypriot exploration. Anastasiades said the decision had been made after consulting with party leaders and the negotiator in the talks, Andreas Mavroyiannis. Turkey expects Greek Cypriots to quickly reverse a decision to halt reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots and resume their dialogue or risk harming peace prospects. Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras supported the decision to suspend the talks. Dervis Eroglu, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, was expected to meet with Anastasiades to move on to a new phase of negotiations on October 9.


Newsline: ISIL Allegedly Opens First Embassy In Turkey’s Ankara

The Turkish daily Aydinlik said in a report that the consulate was founded in the Cankaya district of the capital Ankara. The militants are said to be operating freely inside the country without much problem. Other reports said the members of the Takfiri group have rented luxurious houses in the upscale neighborhood of the capital and Istanbul and use them for residence or as offices. The terrorists are said to be using minibuses with black windows to get around the city. The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq. Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country. The United States started conducting airstrikes on the ISIL only after US interests were threatened by the militants.


Newsline: Freed Turkey’s consul-general recalls 101 days of ISIL captivity

Turkey’s consul-general in Mosul, who was freed after Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants held him captivity for 101 days, resisted demands from the militants to make a statement in front of cameras even though they had put a gun to his head more than once. In brief remarks to journalists after his arrival at Ankara’s Esenboğa airport from the Şanlıurfa province on the border with Syria, Consul General Öztürk Yılmaz said it was not an easy task to “fly your flag” in a violence-hit place like Mosul. “I am proud of what I have gone through for my country,” he said. Yılmaz also said he never fell into despair, asserting that “people who have faith” do not despair. One of the other 45 Turkish hostages told the media that the consul-general had resisted ISIL demands to make a statement in front of a camera and added that the militants had even held a gun to the consul general’s head two or three times. “They wanted to film us and take photographs of us, but he said, ‘Shoot me, I will not let you degrade the honor of my country’,” the hostage told CNN Türk aboard a plane that took the hostages from Şanlıurfa to Ankara.