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Turkish teacher kidnapped in Mongolia freed

BEIJING: A Turkish teacher, who was allegedly kidnapped in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar and taken to the city’s airport, has been released after authorities temporarily grounded an airplane, according to local media and a social media posting by the man. Veysel Akcay, who thanked Mongolians for their support on Saturday, was abducted in front of his apartment on Friday morning according to friends and family, who circulated details of the abduction on social media. Ackay, who has lived in Mongolia for 24 years,…

Mongolia parliament votes out PM, cabinet

ULAN BATOR: Mongolia parliamentarians voted Thursday to throw out the country's prime minister and cabinet over allegations of corruption and abuse of power a little over a year after a landslide election victory by the ruling party. 42 out of 73 members of Mongolia's legislature, the Great Khural, voted to oust Jargaltulgiin Erdenebat along with his 15 cabinet ministers. Late last month, the ruling Mongolia People's Party (MPP) issued a letter calling for Erdenebat and other senior leaders to resign, alleging they had…

Former martial arts star wins Mongolian presidential election

ULAANBAATAR: Populist former martial arts star and businessman Khaltmaa Battulga has won Mongolia's presidential run-off election, according to voter data from the General Election Commission released on Saturday. The poll was seen as a referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and the role of southern neighbor China in the landlocked but resource-rich country known as the birthplace of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. Battulga, of the opposition Democratic Party, won with 50.6 percent of the vote on a 60.9…

Giant dinosaur footprint discovered in Mongolia desert

TOKYO:One of the biggest dinosaur footprints ever recorded has been unearthed in the Gobi Desert, researchers said Friday, offering a fresh clue about the giant creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. A joint Mongolian-Japanese expedition found the giant print, which measures 106 centimetres (42 inches) long and 77 centimetres wide. One of several footprints discovered in the vast Mongolian desert, the huge fossil was discovered last month in a geologic layer formed between 70 million and 90 million…

Nice attack overshadows Europe-Asia summit

ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA: Sympathy and condemnation for the Nice attack dominated the opening of an Asia Europe summit in Mongolia on Friday, drawing attention away from Beijing's rejection of a tribunal ruling dismissing its extensive South China Sea claims.