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Turkey denounces Israel’s Jewish nation-state law as racist

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday said Israel was trying to form “an apartheid state”, and denounced as racist a new law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country. A spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community “to react to this injustice happening in front of the entire world’s eyes” after the Israeli Knesset passed the “nation-state” law on Thursday, angering Palestinians. Turkey and Israel have long been at loggerheads over Israel’s policy toward the…

Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US plot

ANKARA: Turkey has detained 17 suspects in an investigation into a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case, sate media said on Tuesday. Reza Zarrab is giving evidence in a New York trial over alleged subversion of US economic sanctions against Iran that has implicated former Turkish ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has rubbished the accusations and on Tuesday said that the case…

EU denounces ‘shocking’ Paradise Papers revelations

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday denounced as "shocking" revelations on the way top companies and dignitaries, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, avoid taxes using offshore wealth hubs. EU finance ministers meeting for regular talks in Brussels are due to discuss the practice on Tuesday after a trove of leaked documents exposed the great lengths the global elite will go to avert paying a fair tax. The findings have emerged as part of the Paradise Papers released late Sunday by the US-based International…

Ivanka Trump denounces white supremacy, neo-Nazis after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka weighed in Sunday on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with an appeal for unity, saying there was "no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis." 1:2 There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis. — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 13, 2017 A woman was killed and 19 injured in the university town Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd after a white nationalist protest rally turned violent. Trump,…

On Easter, Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” but urges restraint

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria. Francis, marking the fifth Easter season of his pontificate, said Mass before tens of thousands of people under exceptional security measures in St. Peter's Square following recent vehicle attacks against pedestrians in London and Stockholm. More police vans and army vehicles than usual were…