Geography of Asia

For gay Syrians, jihadist threat adds new fear

Since jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized control of two northeastern Syrian provinces, Jad has lost all contact with friends there from the country's tight-knit gay community.

The 32-year-old gay man, part of a community that has long suffered from persecution in socially conservative Syria, fears the worst.

HDP co-chair heads to Moscow for talks on regional issues

Co-Chair of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş departed on Dec. 22 for a five-day visit to the Russian capital city of Moscow where he is expected to hold talks on regional conflicts, with a particular focus on the battle against jihadists in Rojava, the Kurdish region in the northern part of Syria.

Seven soldiers wounded in land mine explosion in southeastern Turkey

Seven soldiers were wounded Dec. 22 when a land mine planted on the road was detonated as a military vehicle was passing in the southeastern province of Mardin.

Gendarmerie forces were patrolling the area in the Dağiçi locality near Bagok Mountain when the explosion occurred.

Speaker visits Moscow, reiterates policy on sanctions

Speaker visits Moscow, reiterates policy on sanctions

MOSCOW -- Russia is "very grateful to Serbia for not succumbing to pressure from Brussels and Washington" when it comes to imposing sanctions against Russia.

This is what Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin told Serbian Assembly President Maja Gojkovic in Moscow on Monday.

Gojkovic: Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia

MOSCOW - Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia, even if it joins the EU, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gjokovic said at a meeting with State Dume members on Monday.

Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia because sanctions have never done anyone any good and cannot help solve any problems, she stated.