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Turkey hosts Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders

ISTANBUL: The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met on Saturday to try to find a political solution to Syria's devastating civil war, provide access to humanitarian aid and salvage a fragile ceasefire in the country's last major rebel-held bastion. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Russia's Vladimir Putin, France's Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the summit on the Syrian conflict, in which more than 360,000 people have been killed since 2011. "The eyes of the world are…

Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

MOSCOW: The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month's time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status. Russia was a controversial choice when it was handed the rights to the world's most watched event in a 2010 vote now tainted by bribery charges. That choice is possibly only more controversial today. The years since have seen Moscow clash with the West over everything from Syria and Ukraine to the poisoning of a former Russian double…

Turkey hosts OIC meeting over Jerusalem tensions

ISTANBUL: Turkey hosted a meeting of the main grouping of the world's Muslim nations to discuss the crisis that erupted last month when Israel imposed security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu chaired the extraordinary meeting in Istanbul of his counterparts from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Ankara had called in its current capacity as chairman of the body. Turkey has full diplomatic relations with Israel after resolving last year a…

Science for a Sustainable Future: UNESCO Islamabad hosts scientists meeting on World Science Day

ISLAMABAD: To create awareness and encourage students towards scientific education and research with a view of sharing ideas between the scientists and students, UNESCO Islamabad, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) jointly organized a meeting of scientists on the occasion of World Science Day 2015 in Islamabad under this year’s theme “Science for a Sustainable Development”, read a press statement by UNESCO Islamabad on Wednesday.