Eastern Mediterranean Important Evening Headlines as of 02 February, 2015

  • Sentenced to death at the world’s worst zoo: Dozens of animals starve at animal ‘attraction’ in Gaza

Dozens of animals have wasted away from thirst or hunger at Khan Younis zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip.
Zoo owner Mohammed Awaida claimed staff couldn’t get to the zoo because of the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.Monkeys, lions, tiger, porcupines and crocodiles were all left to rot away in their enclosures at the animal park. (Source: dailymail.co.uk) (Featured image: Alarabiya.net)

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  • ‘No threats to neighbours,’ Tsipras tells Turkey

THE Cyprus problem is a touchstone for Greco-Turkish relations and peace in the wider area, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday, as he pledged his government’s support for a fair and viable solution of the long-standing dispute.
Tsipras said recent violations of the island’s exclusive economic zone by Turkey undermined the reunification talks between the two sides, which must continue.

“Not threats. The Cyprus problem is the touchstone for Greco-Turkish relations and the much-sought consolidation of peace and stability in the wider area, which is going through a period of crises and high tension,” Tsipras added.

Regarding the energy chapter and regional security, Alexis Tsipras, exposed the need for a continuing cooperation between Greece – Cyprus – Egypt and Israel . All these countries should send the message that are not directed against Turkey he said, adding that it should be shown in every possibility that Cyprus and Greece are factors of peace and stability in the region .

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  • Dutch journalist to be tried in Turkey on ‘terror propaganda’ charges

A Turkish prosecutor formally accused a Dutch journalist of ‘terrorist propaganda’ on Monday, and asked she be jailed for up to five years, local media reported on Monday, a move that will deepen fears over press freedom into a NATO member state.
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  • Britons with homes in Turkey could have residency cancelled

A new Turkish government measure to cancel foreigners’ residence permits if they leave the country for more than 120 days could put paid to a culture of split-living for UK expats.(Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

  • Strong winds wreak havoc across Turkey, 8 dead

Southwesterly winds shook western and northwestern Turkey over the weekend and yesterday, killing eight people in weather-related accidents. Strong winds coupled with occasional rainfall affected cities all across the west over the last three days.
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Members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) caught on film the recent fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that led to the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper. The video, that appears to have been taken from inside a vehicle, captures the moment before the exchange of fire thought to have claimed the life of Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper.

Visiting European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said Monday that the EU is seeking to boost coordination with Lebanon to fight terrorism.
“We have one enemy – terrorism – which is attacking our common heritage,” Stylianides told local newspaper An-Nahar. “It is useful to have deeper cooperation with Lebanon in this regard.”

  • Jordan Vows ‘All Efforts’ to Secure Pilot’s Release

Jordan’s King Abdullah II said his country is doing everything it can to rescue the captured Jordanian fighter pilot being held by the Islamic State group.

“All efforts in Jordan are being exploited to seek the release of the hero pilot,” Muath al-Kaseasbeh, the king said Sunday.(Source: Voanews.com)

UN envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura on Monday discussed the situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation and his recommendations before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.
“The first aim,in a situation that could spread to Lebanon , must be a freeze on the conflict in Aleppo, making it possible to isolate the Islamic State (ISIS) and the local Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting with opposition forces Jabhat Al-Nusra.” On ISIS, De Mistura noted that its growth ”can be an opportunity”, since it raised the level of alarm in other regional powers.

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Says Future Lebanon and Gaza Wars ‘Inevitable’

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed on Sunday that it was “inevitable” that Israel would have to fight future wars with Shi’ite militant group, Hezbollah, and Palestinian militant group, Hamas.
He also asserted that Israel’s response to last week’s Hezbollah missile attack, which killed two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers and wounded seven others, was insufficient as it only sought to “contain this incident” instead of responding with strength. (Source: newsweek.com)

  • Egypt Court Upholds Death Sentences for 183 Convicted of Killing Police

An Egyptian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 183 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who were found guilty of killing 11 police officers and two civilians during nationwide protests in 2013.

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4 thoughts on “Eastern Mediterranean Important Evening Headlines as of 02 February, 2015”

  1. It seems to censorship has been worked on my comment. Before, you didn’t approve one of my comment, and before I had sent an email by using the your contact but I didn’t take any answer. And I thought, “ok, maybe there is a problem about answering over contact part,” and I say with sincerity that it really didn’t bother me. But censorship? Ok maybe you don’t want to see the “f*” word on your blog. At least you would have deleted only this word. Where is “war lords” words? I’ve written “F*** you war lords!”. You’ve deleted these too. I wouldn’t do same. I would asked you finding a way or I’ve put as “Damned you war lords and blind humanity!” . Maybe you don’t have any problem with those, who are identified as “war lords” by me, but I and almost entire world include the animals and nature have got problem with them. Ok, no problem, there will not be any my comment on your blog after that; you can be sure.

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      1. I’ve said “there will not be any my comment on your blog after that” but it needs to make an explanation in here, and I’ve broken my words. I had used your “contact” part on your blog approximately 1 month before. I didn’t use directly your mail adress, I’ve sent with using “contact”. As I said before it didn’t bother me, there could be a mistake maybe “contact” doesn’t work. And I don’t remember I made comment which post, but it happened more or less same time, so approximately 1 month before. Anyway, my real point is not all these. I tried to tell that I can understand “f***” word, why you don’t want to put. And you have made explanation why you deleted. Thank you for this, because I learned that to use this word maybe reason of closing of blog. But “war lords words had gone” : My real point is this. The war lords made this tragedy to those animals in reality. You know, your news-post is telling this to us. Maybe you woke up early, and you deleted all sentence without realizing, and I’ve over reacted because of that I am an extraterrestrial, which is very sensitive about animals:) And, I guess, after your sincerely reply, I will broke my words later again:)

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