Türkiye postpones NATO talks with Sweden, Finland

Türkiye on Jan. 24 postponed a trilateral mechanism meeting with Sweden and Finland on their NATO bid further denting the Nordic countries' hopes of joining the Western defense alliance after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ankara's decision came one day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lashed out at Sweden for allowing the burning of the Quran outside Ankara's Stockholm embassy.

Denmark wins global culinary showdown

Denmark's ode to the humble squash helped propel the Nordic nation to victory on Jan. 23 in prestigious culinary competition the Bocuse d'or, beating host and defending champion France.

With foghorns and firecrackers, a passionate Danish crowd cheered on chef Brian Mark Hansen, 41, as he steered Denmark to its third victory in the gastronomy equivalent of the World Cup.

Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

Finland's foreign minister said on Tuesday a time-out of a few weeks was needed in Finland and Sweden's talks with Turkey on their application to join the NATO military alliance.

Turkey's president said on Monday that Sweden should not expect his country's support after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend, which included the burning of a copy of the Koran.

Finland Seeks to Pause NATO Talks as Turkey Blocks Sweden

Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto in Bucharest, Romania, November 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/Robert Ghement

"A time-out is needed before we return to the three-way talks and see where we are when the dust has settled after the current situation, so no conclusions should be drawn yet," Haavisto told Reuters.