Geography of Asia
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.
The governing board of Alpha Bank Cyprus agreed on Monday to the acquisition of Emporiki Cyprus, the subsidiary of Greeces Emporiki Bank which has been absorbed by the Alpha Group.
Alpha Bank Cyprus will acquire 100 percent of Emporikis shares, with the two banks merging through Alphas absorption of Emporiki.
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.
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.
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.