Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

ANKARA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan eliminated a retirement age requirement on Wednesday in a move that allows more than 2 million Turkish workers to retire immediately, less than six months before an election. The announcement was made during a news conference and follows Erdogan’s ruling AK Party delivering a hefty hike to … Read more

Elon Musk says around 100 Starlinks now active in Iran

Elon Musk says around 100 Starlinks now active in Iran

Dec 26 (Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday that the company is now close to having 100 active Starlinks, the firm’s satellite internet service, in Iran, three months after he tweeted he would activate the service there amid protests around the Islamic country. Musk said, “approaching 100 starlinks active in Iran”, … Read more

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK over unrest

Iran reroutes plane carrying soccer star’s wife, blames UK over unrest

DUBAI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Iranian authorities rerouted a flight bound for Dubai on Monday and prevented the wife and daughter of former national soccer team captain Ali Daei, who has supported anti-government protests, from leaving the country, state media reported. Amid a concerted clampdown, Tehran also said the arrests in Iran of citizens linked … Read more

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Dec 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by rapper Saman Seydi Yasin against his death sentence even as it confirmed the same sentence against another protester, the judiciary said on Saturday. Yasin, a Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression and unemployment, had been accused of attempting to kill security forces, setting … Read more

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest crypto exchange, Binance, is battling to shore up confidence after a surge in customer withdrawals and a steep drop in the value of its digital token. The exchange said it dealt with net outflows of around $6 billion over 72 hours last week “without breaking stride” because … Read more

Brittney Griner says she will advocate for Americans detained abroad, resume career

Brittney Griner says she will advocate for Americans detained abroad, resume career

Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, who on Friday left an Army medical center where she had been recuperating following her release from a Russian penal colony as part of a prisoner swap, said she would work to help bring other detained Americans home and planned to resume her WNBA career. Griner, … Read more

Turkish court sentences Erdogan rival to jail with political ban

Turkish court sentences Erdogan rival to jail with political ban

Istanbul mayor handed 2-year 7-month jail sentence Imamoglu accused of insulting public officials in speech He is seen as strong possible contender in 2023 elections Supporters chant slogans outside municipality HQ ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A Turkish court sentenced Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu to jail on Wednesday and imposed a political ban on the … Read more

Iran likely to be ousted from U.N. women’s commission

Iran likely to be ousted from U.N. women’s commission

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Iran appears set to be ousted from a U.N. women’s body on Wednesday for policies contrary to the rights of women and girls, but several countries are expected to abstain from the vote requested by the United States, diplomats said. The 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will … Read more

Morocco airline cancels World Cup fans flights, citing Qatar restrictions

Morocco airline cancels World Cup fans flights, citing Qatar restrictions

RABAT, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Morocco’s national airline said it was cancelling all flights it had scheduled for Wednesday to carry fans to Doha for the World Cup semi-final, citing what it said was a decision by Qatari authorities. “Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers … Read more

European Parliament kicks out VP Kaili over Qatar graft scandal

European Parliament kicks out VP Kaili over Qatar graft scandal

Kaili was one of four people arrested in Belgium Greek politician’s lawyer says she denies wrongdoing Police uncovered cash in raids, some in suitcase in hotel European Parliament’s role as bloc’s moral compass at risk STRASBOURG, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The European Parliament removed Greek MEP Eva Kaili as a vice president of the assembly … Read more