Thu, 08 Dec 2022

BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Iranian ambassador and protested against Iran's cross-border bombardments in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

"The ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, due to Iranian forces' bombardments with missiles and drones on cities and villages in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, over the past days, especially on Wednesday morning," the ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-Iran-Bombardments)

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ANKARA -- Türkiye must continue lowering interest rates, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, indicating another cut in the country's benchmark rate in October.

"My biggest enemy is interest. We have cut the interest rate to 12 percent. Is it enough? Not enough. It must go down further," Erdogan said at a meeting of the Turkish Confederation of Tradesmen and Craftsmen in the capital Ankara. (Türkiye-Erdogan-Interest Rates)

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to engage in negotiations to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, according to a statement by the Turkish presidency.

"Steps to reduce tensions are needed to pave the way for more positive developments, and that Russia is expected to take steps to facilitate this process, especially on the issue of the accession of some regions in Ukraine to Russia," Erdogan told Putin in a phone call. (Türkiye-Russia-Ukraine Crisis)

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CAIRO -- Egypt has set out a vision for the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which aims to make it an "implementation COP" by pushing for actions across prior agreements through all areas of climate change needs, according to a press release by Egypt's COP27 Presidency.

"We must accelerate climate action on all fronts including mitigation, adaptation and finance in addition to adopting more ambitious mitigation measures to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach," Egyptian Foreign Minister and COP27 President-Designate Sameh Shoukry was quoted as saying in the Wednesday press release. (Egypt-COP27-Implementation)

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