Geography of Asia

Palestinians agree merged UN text with France: minister

A draft resolution on ending the Israeli occupation will be submitted to the UN Security Council Dec. 17 after the Palestinians agreed with France on a merged text, foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said.
"The draft that will be presented today (Wednesday) is the French draft based on Palestinian observations and decisions," Malki told AFP.

Pope’s visit to Turkey fuels hopes for rise in faith tourism

Turkey has been unable to exploit its full faith tourism potential and the number of faith tourists visiting Turkey last year hit a 10-year low, according to the latest report by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB). Sector representatives, however, are hopeful for a rise in the number of faith tourists in the near future after Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey in November. 

Another 19 people to be tried on spying charges in probe into search of Turkish intelligence trucks

A new lawsuit has been opened against 19 more suspects on charges of spying, as part of an ongoing investigation into trucks belonging to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) that were stopped and searched by soldiers in January.