• Greek PM on trip to boost Turkey ties

      Greek PM on trip to boost Turkey ties

      Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a symbolic visit to Istanbul’s former cathedral Hagia Sophia on Wednesday on a trip aimed at improving ties with Turkey, long strained by disputes over territory, energy exploration and Cyprus. Tsipras met Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday, where the Turkish president said he expected more cooperation from Athens in the repatriation of eight soldiers who fled to Greece following an attempted coup in 2016.

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    • Israel builds new Gaza Strip border fence

      Israel builds new Gaza Strip border fence

      Israel announced it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanised steel barrier six-metre high that will run the length of territory. According to officials the "above-ground barrier" is aimed at preventing Palestinians, or as Israel calls them - 'terrorists',  from infiltrating the Jewish state's territory.

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    • Maduro rejects European ultimatum on elections

      Maduro rejects European ultimatum on elections

      Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro rejected Sunday the ultimatum by EU Member States to call snap elections after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the Latin American country's legitimate leader. France, Germany and Spain had given Maduro until midnight on Sunday to call a presidential election, or they would recognise Guaido as the interim president. But a defiant Maduro said in an interview with Spanish television station Sexta that he would not "cave in to pressure" from those calling for his departure.

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    • Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty

      Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty

      Russia has suspended the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin announced on Saturday, after the United States said it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations, Reuters reported.

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    • Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

      Kosovo is ready for a compromise deal with Serbia to resolve long-standing issues between the countries, President Hashim Thaci said in a letter to US President Donald Trump. “I will be ready and willing to make compromises necessary to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues,” Thaci said in a letter dated 8 January, but published only now.

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