Tag Archives: Geography of Asia

16Jul/17

In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

ANKARA, TURKEY (JULY 15, 2017) (PRESIDENTIAL POOL) – Thousands of Turks gathered in front of the Turkish parliament in the capital Ankara at the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in the early hours of Sunday (July 16). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressed to the thousands gathered in front of the parliament.

A sea of rapturous, flag-waving crowds spilled across the streets of Istanbul, where last year unarmed civilians stood up to rogue soldiers who commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in a bid to topple Erdogan.

Some 250 people were killed and parliament bombed before the coup was put down. The show of popular defiance has likely ended decades of military interference in Turkish politics.

But along with a groundswell of nationalism, the coup’s greatest legacy has been a far-reaching crackdown that has deepened the divide between Western-facing, secular Turks and the pious millions who back Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted politics.

Thousands of migrant workers leave Thailand after labour crackdown

MYAWADDY, MYANMAR (JUNE 30, 2017) (TPBS) – Thousands of irregular migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia are leaving Thailand each day, Thailand’s immigration police said on Friday (June 30), after a decree aimed at managing foreign workers took effect earlier this month.
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09May/17

Russia shows off military might at Red Square parade

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MAY 9, 2017) (CHANNEL ONE) – Russia showcased its modernised war machine in a traditional grand parade on Moscow’s Red Square on Tuesday (May 9).
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02May/17

Israel celebrates its 69th Independence Day

JERUSALEM (MAY 2, 2017) (POOL) – Israel on Tuesday (May 2) celebrated its 69th Independence Day anniversary.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attended a ceremony for the anniversary at the president’s office in Jerusalem.

A number of musicians performed during the ceremony which was attended by numerous Israeli officials.

Israelis gathered in parks around the city to watch a show by air force jets that flew over the Knesset.

16Apr/17

Pope leads Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square

On Easter, Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” but urges restraint and condemns Aleppo bus convoy attack after leading mass in St. Peter’s Square. Saskia O’Donoghue reports
Pope Francis denounced “oppressive regimes” in his Easter message Sunday and called for world leaders to prevent the spead of conflict.
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22Jan/17

Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in East Jerusalem

Israel, whose right-wing sees Trump as supportive of settlements, approves hundreds of housing units in three East Jerusalem settlements. PM Netanyahu says will speak with Trump on Sunday. Continue reading