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Turkey's president and Iraq's prime minister late on Sept. 18 discussed the planned referendum in the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) slated for Sept. 25, according to Turkish presidential sources.
The sources said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Haidar al-Abadi spoke on the phone just a week before the independence referendum.
The Middle East went through similarly painful times almost a century ago. That was the dawn of the oil age and a time when three dynasties (Ottoman, Romanov and Habsburg) of three land empires (Turkey, Russia and Austria-Hungary) were falling apart.
Historic artifacts have survived throughout Syria's rich history but have taken its place amongst an array of those damaged during the six-year war in the country.
The ancient city of Palmyra, which was seized and destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2015, had swung back under the Syrian government's control early March.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sept. 21, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Under normal circumstances the expectation would be that something concrete comes out of this meeting, given that we have the leaders of two supposedly strategic partners with common regional and global interests.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 18 that the U.N. must undergo "structural changes" to reflect today's world.
"It is a necessity that the U.N. is reformed. Once again reform is on the agenda at this year's [U.N. General Assembly], but it is not the reform that we understand. What really matters is a reform of the U.N. structure.
Four outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in airstrikes by Turkish security forces in northern Iraq on Sept. 18, a local governor's office said in a statement.
The Turkish Air Forces carried out an operation after the militants were spotted by an unmanned aerial vehicle, killing four in the Mount Suki region in Iraq.
Turkey summoned Germany's ambassador to its foreign ministry on Monday, Berlin said, amid a mounting row between the two NATO powers.
Der Spiegel magazine said Ankara wanted to raise a German parliamentary motion last year that declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide - a description that Turkey has long fiercely rejected.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Sept. 18 the government will undertake in the necessary process to remove the Turkish high school entrance exam and replace it. He stated the current system was very "stressful" for students, while the main opposition criticized the government for acting too hastily on the issue.
An earthquake of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale is registered today in Eastern Turkey, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center reported, quoted by bTV.
According to local media quoted by the seismological Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul, the quake is 4.3 on the Richter scale.
It is registered at 12:41 am and its epicenter is in the Erdzhish Yancuttepe area.