Geography of Asia
Iraqi Kurdistan plans to strengthen its relationship with Iran, the prime minister of the semi-autonomous region said yesterday in an acknowledgement of the deepening ties between Arbil and Tehran.
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.
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 (TÃRSAB). Sector representatives, however, are hopeful for a rise in the number of faith tourists in the near future after Pope Francisâ visit to Turkey in November.
Åenol KazancÄ± has been appointed as the new director-general of Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, according to media reports.
KazancÄ± previously worked under Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan in the Prime Ministry and in the Presidency, before being assigned to his new post.