Connect to share and comment

New pictures of Iraq president recovering after stroke

Iraqi media released new pictures Thursday of President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany since December 2012 after suffering a stroke, with the Kurdish leader appearing in good health. The images, published by media loyal to Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, come with campaigning having officially begun ahead of April 30 parliamentary elections and the PUK struggling to fend off a challenge from a breakaway faction.

Iraq's ailing President Talabani on road to recovery: office

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who suffered a stroke a year ago, is on his way to a full recovery in Germany, his office said on Wednesday, publishing photos of him with his wife. Talabani's doctor has repeatedly said the 80-year-old is responding to treatment in Germany, but rumors about his condition have been rife. Many Iraqis believe he is too frail to return to political life.

Erdogan lifts Turkey's headscarf ban

"These restrictions violate the right to work, the freedom of thought and belief," said Erdogan.

With Iraq leader in Berlin, party struggles at home

As Iraq's president recovers in Germany from a stroke, his political party at home faces a stiff challenge from an emboldened opposition in upcoming elections, with some forecasting a disastrous showing. The struggles facing Jalal Talabani's bloc, which for decades has held a duopoly on power in the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, could prove instructive for parties across the country. Many of them, like his bloc, remain dependent on personalities rather than policies, ahead of national elections due in less than a year.

Iraq Kurds delay presidential polls over row

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers agreed on Sunday to delay controversial presidential polls for two years as they sparred over whether to allow regional leader Massud Barzani to stand for another term in power. Parliamentary and provincial elections due September 21 will go ahead as planned, but the delay to the presidential polls are the latest step in a months-long battle between the two regional hegemons and opposition parties over whether Barzani, the dominant figure in the autonomous three-province region, can remain in office.

AK Party mayor injured after failed paragliding attempt

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Rize Mayor Halil Bakirci was wounded in an unsuccessful paragliding attempt on Sunday evening.Bakirci and his instructor, Kutsal Ozsoy, attempted a take-off from a four-meter-high cliff; however, the two crashed into a café at the cliff's base. Bakirci was injured and an ambulance was called to the scene. He was taken immediately to the Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Research and Training Hospital for treatment and is reportedly in good condition.

Main attacks in Turkey since 2003

A Turkish security guard was killed and several other people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the highly-fortified US embassy in Ankara on Friday. Here is a list of the main attacks in Turkey in the last decade: -- 2003 -- - November 15 and 20: Over five days, four suicide car bomb attacks are launched in Istanbul against two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the British bank HSBC, leaving 63 dead, including Britain's consul general Roger Short, and hundreds of wounded.

UPDATE 1-Turkey, Ocalan map out steps to end Kurdish conflict

* Jailed militant agrees four-stage process to disarmament * Kurdish politicians, PKK give cautious welcome * Pro-Kurdish party seeks role in negotiations * 40,000 killed since conflict began in 1984 By Daren Butler
Syndicate content