diplomacy

Hollande: France, Germany must 'set a course' for post-Brexit Europe

French President Francois Hollande Thursday said that France and Germany needed to "set a course" for Europe in the aftermath of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Putin prepared for first meeting with Trump - wherever it might be

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he is prepared to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump for the first time at an Arctic conference in Finland, should the opportunity arise.

Tillerson says future of al-Assad is up to the Syrian people

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Turkey on Thursday, amid tensions between the nations and joint efforts to defeat Islamic State, and said the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would depend on the Syrian people.

Malaysia allows return of Kim Jong Nam's body to North Korea

Malaysia will allow the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, to be transported to North Korea, according to an official statement issued on Thursday. 

US State Department employee charged over gifts from Chinese spies

A US State Department employee is facing charges related to alleged contacts with Chinese intelligence agents who provided her with tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Arab summit vows to relaunch plan to end Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Arab leaders ended their one-day annual summit in Jordan on Wednesday with a vow to relaunch a peace plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Georgians can now travel visa-free in Schengen area

Georgian citizens can travel to most countries in the European Union without a visa starting Tuesday.

Germany investigating suspected Turkish spying on Gulen supporters

German intelligence officials are investigating suspected large-scale espionage by Turkey targeting German-based followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources told dpa on Tuesday.

Erdogan says Turkish courts more independent than Germany's

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish courts have more independence than German courts, as he again accused Berlin of giving financial support to terrorists.

Turkey increases pressure on Switzerland over anti-Erdogan banner

Turkish prosecutors have opened an investigation into a protest banner that showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a gun to his head at a demonstration in Switzerland, in yet another spat between Turkey and European countries.

Ivanka Trump accepts Merkel invitation to attend G20 women's meeting

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has accepted an invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Berlin next month for an empowerment conference.

Iran hits back with sanctions on 15 US firms

Iran has sanctioned 15 US companies, in retaliation over sanctions recently imposed on the Islamic Republic by Washington, state news agency IRNA reported Sunday.

Pakistan to start fencing off border with Afghanistan

Pakistan on Sunday began fencing off its 2430-kilometre border with Afghanistan to restrict the movement of Islamist militants and end allegations of cross-border incursions.

Thousands of Berliners take to the streets in celebration of EU

The European Union's star-studded blue flag was omnipresent on t-shirts, balloons and banners as thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday at the spot where the city was once divided to celebrate the EU's 60th anniversary.

'We want Europe': Thousands rally in Rome to cheer on the EU at 60

Thousands of European Union supporters marched Saturday in Rome to mark the bloc's 60th anniversary, with members of older generations growing emotional when asked about what the EU means to them.

Merkel: Europe must find a joint solution to refugee crisis

Europe must find a joint solution to the refugee crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with Italian news programme Tg1 broadcast on Friday evening.

Erdogan: If you call me dictator, I will call you Nazis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pledged to keep up his tough rhetoric on Europe, despite calls from EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to tone down the insults.

Australia does not have to choose between US and China, Turnbull says

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday Australia does not have to choose between its strategic ally, the United States, and its economic partner, China.

Russia rejects offer to let Eurovision singer perform remotely

Russia on Thursday rejected a compromise offered by the Eurovision Song Contest to let its singer perform via satellite link after she was banned from entering the host country Ukraine, local media reported.

Eurovision to let Russian singer perform remotely due to Ukraine ban

A Russian singer banned by Ukraine from entering the country will be able to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest through a live video link, the contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said Thursday.

EU calls on Turkish ambassador to explain Erdogan comments

The European Union has called on Turkey's ambassador to the EU to explain apparently threatening remarks made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the bloc, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs service said Thursday.

Turkey calls in Russian envoy over Kurdish enclave in Syria

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has called in the Russian chargé d'affaires, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

Erdogan threatens Europeans, hits back over detention of journalists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europeans that they may not be safe if Europe's current approach to his country continues, in his latest salvo in a heated row between the two sides.

Israel condemns Nazi accusations against German government

Israel has condemned recent comments likening the current German government to the Nazi regime.

Norway grants asylum to Turkish officers after failed coup

Norway has granted political asylum to four Turkish officers and a military attache who feared reprisals after last year's failed coup in Turkey, an attorney said Wednesday.

NATO eyes new date for meeting so Tillerson can attend

NATO is discussing moving next month's meeting of foreign ministers in order for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend, the alliance's chief told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Manila protests China plan to build radar station on disputed shoal

The Philippine government has filed a protest against China’s plan to construct an environmental radar station at a disputed shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, officials said Wednesday.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels but will travel to Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month in Brussels, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Iran: nuclear deal could end if US maintains sanctions

Iran could withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, if Washington continues to block its implementation, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency on Tuesday.

Turkey calls in German envoy, condemns Kurdish rally in Netherlands

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called in the German charge d'affaires on Tuesday over comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency regarding last year's coup attempt.

Duterte glosses over Beijing as he calls for South China Sea peace

There needs to be peace and stability in the South China Sea, called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday during a visit to Thailand. However, he shied away from making comments about China's contentious claims to the disputed region.

Erdogan: Turkey won't be threatened by talk of EU accession process

Threats about Turkey's accession process towards EU membership

'EU open for business' leaders say, as Japan's PM pushes trade deal

"The EU is open for business," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, before heading into a meeting convened to push for a swift conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU by the end of this year.

NSA chief: Trump mentioning Merkel spying affair 'complicates things'

US President Donald Trump has not helped US-German relations by bringing up the fact the country spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of the National Security Agency said Monday.

EU, African leaders hatch plan to shut down Libya migrant route

Human traffickers need to be combated, border surveillance needs to be boosted and deportations must be stepped up, argued EU and North African leaders as they concluded a summit aimed at shutting down the migration route from Libya to Europe.

Merkel: Erdogan must stop Nazi accusations, no 'ifs or buts'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must stop likening the current German government to the Nazi regime, warned Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday amid a dispute about Turkish campaigning in support of constitutional reform.

Merkel, Abe advocate free trade at German technology fair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the CeBIT technology fair Monday in a meeting intended to give new momentum to a trade accord between Japan and the European Union.

Philippine police assure EU of safety of detained Duterte critic

The Philippine police chief on Monday assured the European Parliament of the safety of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

Pakistan prepares to reopen Afghan border crossings

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the immediate reopening of the country’s border crossings with Afghanistan, more than a month after their closure.

Denmark to probe reports that Turkey critics face reprisals

Denmark will probe allegations that Danish nationals with Turkish origin have been threatened with reprisals for criticizing the Turkish government, the Danish foreign minister said Sunday.

Erdogan repeats 'Nazi' charge - this time directed at Merkel herself

In a heated row over banned Turkish government rallies on European soil, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed no signs of backing down on Sunday, this time directing accusations of Nazi behaviour at German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself.

Philippines says it can't stop China from building on disputed shoal

The Philippines cannot stop China from building an environmental monitoring station on a shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday.

Report: Turkey criticizes German intelligence comments about coup

The spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized comments by the head of Germany's intelligence agency, who said he wasn't convinced that cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind Turkey's attempted coup last year.

Report: German spy chief says Turkey coup attempt 'excuse' for purges

The mass dismissals in Turkey would have taken place regardless of the attempted coup of July 2016, the head of Germany's intelligence agency, Bruno Kahl, has told German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Trump demands "vast sums of money" for defending Germany

Berlin owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the United States for the defence of Germany, US President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter, a day after a White House meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany threatens Turkish politicians with ban on public appearances

Germany has threatened Turkish politicians with a ban on public appearances, in an escalating war of words triggered by the refusal of several European countries to allow the Turkish government to hold rallies in support of constitutional change.

Trump, Merkel talk NATO role, "fair" trade deals

US President Donald Trump called on European allies to do their share to support the NATO military alliance and said he would pursue "fair" trade deals as he sat down Friday for the first time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Swiss cancel Turkish nationalist event for security reasons

Swiss police on Friday cancelled a planned concert by a Turkish nationalist group, citing security reasons after Swiss radical leftists had announced a protest against the event.

Erdogan calls on Turks in Europe to show pride and have more children

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on people with Turkish origins living in Europe to have five children, as a row with European leaders shows no signs of abating.

Turkish daily brands Merkel 'Frau Hitler' on front page

An image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 'Frau Hitler' was splashed across the front page of a Turkish tabloid on Friday, amid a bitter diplomatic row between Turkey and several European countries.

China, Saudi Arabia sign deals worth 65 billion dollars

China and Saudi Arabia have signed cooperation deals worth 65 billion dollars during Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s ongoing visit to Beijing, Chinese state media reported Friday.

Philippines tells off EU for seeking release of Duterte critic

The Philippine government on Friday told the European Parliament to “mind their own business” after it called for the release of President Rodrigo Duterte’s top critic detained on illegal drug charges.

North Korean threats on agenda as Tillerson visits South Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Friday after arriving in South Korea for meetings with his counterpart, Yun Byung Se, to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Japan launches spy satellite amid North Korea provocations

Japan successfully put its latest spy satellite into orbit Friday, almost two weeks after North Korea carried out a missile launch exercise targeting US bases in the country, local media reported. The H-2A rocket carrying the government's Information Gathering Satellite Radar 5 blasted off from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 10:20 am (0120 GMT), broadcaster NHK reported.

Schulz: EU membership for Turkey completely ruled out at present

Martin Schulz, Angela Merkel's main challenger in the upcoming German elections, says Turkey has no chance of joining the EU for the time being.

Stoltenberg urges NATO members to tone down "rhetoric"

All NATO member states should tone down their "rhetoric" and avoid fuelling tensions within the military alliance and instead focus on exterior threats, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday during a visit to Denmark.

Turkish foreign minister warns of potential 'religious war' in Europe

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Thursday at a campaign rally that Europe was losing its unity and could again sink back into religious wars.

Turkey threatens to suspend EU refugee deal as diplomatic row deepens

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened Wednesday to suspend a refugee deal with the European Union, amid a worsening diplomatic row with EU countries including Germany and the Netherlands.

Turkey blocks NATO work with partner countries amid EU accession row

The divisions between Turkey and other European countries have spilled over into NATO, complicating operations there, official Austrian sources confirmed Wednesday in Vienna.

Istanbul dumps Rotterdam as its twin city amid row with the Dutch

Istanbul's city council cancelled its partnership with the Dutch city of Rotterdam, amid a dispute over campaign rallies by Turkish ministers in the Netherlands.

Turkey's EU accession is 'unthinkable,' Austrian ministry paper says

Austria believes that that Turkey should never become part of the European Union, considering the country's increasingly repressive politics, according to a policy document from the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Trump meets Saudi deputy crown prince

US President Donald Trump held talks Tuesday with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, in the first high-level meeting with the key US ally since Trump took office in January.

Erdogan blames Dutch for Srebrenica in war of words with Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday blamed the Netherlands for the Srebrenica massacre, amid an ongoing dispute over campaigning by Turkish politicians in European countries.

Turkey imposes political sanctions on Netherlands over rally ban

Turkey has responded to the Netherlands' ban on Turkish ministers' foreign campaigning by closing off its airspace to Dutch diplomats and halting all high-level discussions with the country.

Erdogan to Merkel: 'You support terrorists'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lent support to terrorists, charged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday, in his latest tirade against a European leader.

NATO and EU call on Turkey to cut the harsh rhetoric in rally row

NATO and the European Union urged Ankara on Monday to tone down its angry rhetoric over the cancellation of Turkish campaign rallies in the Netherlands and Germany.

Six detained in pro-Turkey demonstration in Amsterdam

Six people were detained at a pro-Turkey protest in Amsterdam that turned violent, Dutch police said Monday.

Kremlin spokesman: Ambassador met with Clinton advisors too

The Russian ambassador to the United States also met with advisors to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a Kremlin spokesman said Sunday, as he dismissed charges of Russian interference in the US presidential election.

Erdogan decries 'banana republic' Netherlands after rally ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cranked up his fiery condemnation of the Dutch government on Sunday, calling for sanctions against the Netherlands, the behaviour of which he said was evocative of a "banana republic."

Council of Europe chief calls for dialogue over Turkish rallies

The secretary general of the Council of Europe calls for "constructive dialogue" on the holding of electoral rallies for Turkish citizens in other European countries.

Fillon: France failed to show European solidarity on Cavusoglu rally

The French government has failed in its duty of solidarity with its European partners by letting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu address a rally on its soil, the right-wing candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, says.

Turkey renews threats to Dutch government after minister's expulsion

The Turkish government demanded an apology and threatened to retaliate against the Dutch government on Sunday after its expulsion of Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya prompted a violent protest and several arrests in Rotterdam.

Turkey's Cavusoglu takes stage at French rally as right objects

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu takes the stage at a rally of Turkish citizens in the French city of Metz, a day after his plane was refused landing rights in the Netherlands.

Turkish minister returns home after Dutch expulsion prompts protest

Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya returned to Turkey on Sunday after her expulsion from the Netherlands prompted a violent protest in Rotterdam.

Turkish foreign minister in France after Netherlands row

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was Sunday afternoon due to address a meeting in the French city of Metz, amid a bitter diplomatic dispute between Ankara and three other European countries over Turkish officials carrying out political campaigning abroad.

Turkey promises 'strong countermeasures' after Dutch snub

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed there would be "strong countermeasures" after the country's family minister was stopped outside her country's consulate in Rotterdam on Saturday and later escorted out of the Netherlands.

Dutch police clear street near Turkish consulate in Rotterdam

Dutch police moved in to clear a street near the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam late Saturday after hours of protests, Netherlands broadcaster NOS reported.

Turkish minister blocked in the Netherlands, Dutch dubbed "fascists"

A row between Turkey and the Netherlands escalated Saturday as a Turkish minister was prevented from entering her country's embassy in Rotterdam, the foreign minister's landing rights were revoked and Turkey's president dubbed the Dutch "fascists."

Turkey closes off Dutch embassy in Ankara

Turkey has closed off the entrance to the Dutch embassy in Ankara, citing security concerns, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Merkel seeks partnership - not confrontation - with Trump, gov't says

The German government's coordinator for transatlantic relations says that the building of trust will be the main goal of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Report: Turkish foreign minister due in France after Netherlands ban

Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Cavusoglu is due to address a rally in France on Sunday, news agency Agence France-Presse reported, after a ban on his plane landing in the Netherlands Saturday drew an angry reaction from Ankara.

Erdogan calls the Dutch 'Nazi remnants' for barring top envoy's rally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Dutch government "Nazi remnants" on Saturday after the Netherlands revoked the landing rights for his foreign minister's plane.

Turkish foreign minister denied landing rights by the Netherlands

The Dutch government denied landing rights to Turkey's top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday, shortly after the minister threatened sanctions against the Netherlands should he be blocked from entering the country to stage a rally.

Turkish minister warns of sanctions in Netherlands campaign dispute

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu on Saturday threatened to impose sanctions on the Netherlands if the country prevented him from entering the country for a campaign rally in Rotterdam in support of constitutional reform.

Germany to give Afghanistan 240 million euros in reconstruction aid

Germany plans to support the reconstruction of Afghanistan with 240 million euros (257 million dollars) in aid, adding another country to the list of nations to receive funds from Berlin this month.

Leaders of 27 EU member states stress unity as they brace for Brexit

Leaders of the 27 member states remaining in the European Union after Britain's planned exit discussed the bloc's future at an informal summit in Brussels Friday, calling for unity in face of growing external and internal pressures.

Turkish minister accuses Germany, others of 'crimes against humanity'

Germany, the Netherlands and Austria are committing "crimes against humanity," a top Turkish minister said Friday, further stoking a row between Turkey and Europe over Ankara's attempts to take its referendum campaign to the continent.

Russia partially lifts Turkish import ban as Putin to meet Erdogan

Russia partially rescinded a ban on Turkish agricultural products on Friday while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on an official visit to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Malaysian police identify North Korean murder victim as Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police on Friday confirmed that the North Korean man killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's international airport was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump didn't know former aide Flynn worked as foreign agent

The White House said Thursday it was unaware that former national security advisor Michael Flynn did work to benefit a foreign government before being named to President Donald Trump's administration.

Israel's Netanyahu warns Putin against Iranian influence in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday against Iranian influence in war-torn Syria.

White House vows to find American missing for 10 years in Iran

US President Donald Trump's administration vowed Thursday to find a US citizen who went missing a decade ago in Iran, the White House said.

Germany warns of arms race with Russia, demands more OSCE in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned of a new arms race with Russia on a visit to Moscow on Thursday, but agreed with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that there should be more OSCE observers in the conflict zones of eastern Ukraine.

Zurich hotel latest to cancel event with Turkish foreign minister

The Hilton Zurich Airport hotel has become the latest venue to cancel an apparent referendum campaign event with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a manager confirmed Thursday, citing safety concerns.

Germany warns Russia not to tamper with German elections

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns Russia not to tamper with the upcoming German parliamentary elections in September, following accusations of Russian tampering in the US presidential election.

Merkel: German-Turkish relationship to remain close despite disputes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that German-Turkish relations will remain close despite current "deep and serious differences of opinion."

Indian government criticized for silence on attacks in US

India's opposition parties on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to comment on the recent attacks on people of Indian origin in the United States.

Two Malaysians leave North Korea, nine remain stranded

Two Malaysian United Nations workers stranded in North Korea after Pyongyang imposed a travel ban earlier this week were allowed to leave the country on Thursday, as Kuala Lumpur worked to secure the release of its nine remaining citizens.

Austrian chancellor: Cut EU money to countries that refuse refugees

Austria's chancellor Christian Kern wants a major cut in European Union subsidies for countries that refuse to accept refugees, German media reported early Wednesday.

Germany hits back at Turkey as foreign minister makes Nazi comparison

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stepped up Berlin's criticism of Ankara on Tuesday after Turkey's chief diplomat drew on Germany's Nazi past to again attack the country.