ISTANBUL -- Turkey expects Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps and stop supporting terrorist organizations in exchange for Ankara's lift of objections to the two countries' NATO memberships, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
"Both countries need to take concrete steps. Our expectation is not something impossible. They have to stop supporting terrorism if they want to be a member of an alliance like NATO," Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Romanian and Polish counterparts in Istanbul.(Turkey-Sweden-Finland-Nato Bid)
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TEHRAN -- The death toll of a 10-storey commercial building collapse in Iran's southwestern city of Abadan rose to 24, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported Friday.
So far, 34 of the 37 injured people have been discharged from the hospital, ISNA reported, citing Ehsan Abbaspour, deputy governor of the southwestern Khuzestan Province. (Iran-Building Collapse-Death Toll)
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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian teenager was killed and more than 90 injured on Friday in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Zeid Ghuneim, 15, was killed after he was shot by Israeli soldiers in the neck and back during clashes in the town of al-Khader, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Palestinian-Israeli-Clashes)
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TEHRAN -- A top Iranian security official said Friday the "expansionist" U.S. policies are the main culprits for the 20-year Afghan war, the Iranian semi-official agency Nour News reported.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, made the remarks in an address to the fourth Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital. (Iran-US-Afghanistan War)