Blinken to speak about aid and Nordic NATO candidacy during visit to earthquake-hit Turkey

MUNICH, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive in Turkey on Sunday for an official visit and will discuss how Washington can further help Ankara as it grapples with the aftermath of a devastating land that killed tens of thousands of people. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and … Read more

Israeli missile hits building in central Damascus, five dead

AMMAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) – An Israeli rocket strike on Sunday morning hit a building in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood of central Damascus, near a large, heavily guarded security compound near Iranian facilities, killing five people, witnesses and officials said. The rare targeted strike damaged several buildings in the densely populated neighborhood near Umayyad Square … Read more

Top Israeli diplomat expelled from African Union summit as row escalates

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli diplomat was expelled from the annual African Union summit in Ethiopia on Saturday as the dispute over Israel’s accreditation to the bloc escalated. Footage posted online showed AU security officers confronting the diplomat during the summit’s opening ceremony, before she left the auditorium. “Israel views harshly … Read more

Body of Ghanaian winger Atsu found under rubble in Turkey

ANKARA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has been found dead under the building where he lived in southern Turkey after last week’s massive earthquake, his Turkish agent said on Saturday. Atsu had been missing since the February 6 earthquake following a building collapse in Hatay. He was 31 years old. “Atsu’s lifeless … Read more