Western Asia

Iranians flock to Van for Black Friday shopping

Thousands of Iranians have flocked to the eastern province of Van to benefit from discounts amid the Black Friday shopping days that started on Nov. 26 and will last until the weekend.

Causing a "Black Friday crowd" at the Kapıköy Customs Gate in the province's Saray district, many Iranians filled shopping centers and shops in the city.

Turkey urges all parties to support Lebanese gov’t to hold elections on time

All parties should support the Lebanese government to hold general elections on time, the Turkish foreign minister said on Nov. 16.

"Everyone needs to support the government to find solutions to the crises in Lebanon and to hold the general elections on time," Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib.

Turkey to continue supporting Lebanon's economic stability: FM

Turkey will continue its steadfast support for Lebanon's economic stability, the nation's foreign minister said on a visit to the capital Beirut on Nov. 15.

Paying an official visit to Lebanon to meet with the new government, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter that his first talks in the country were with Amin Salam, the economy and trade minister.

Drone Assassination Attempt on the Prime Minister of Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi survived an assassination attempt by drone attack tonight on his residence in Baghdad, the AP reported. According to two official sources, seven of the prime minister's bodyguards were injured in the attack on the heavily guarded Green Zone in the Iraqi capital.

Iraq’s Babylon arts festival back after almost 20 years

Showcasing traditional dance, music and arts, Iraq's Babylon International Festival has attracted thousands of fans for the first time in two war-scarred decades.

"It's a great joy. We haven't seen a festival like this for years," said Shaima, 45, visiting the event at the ancient archeological site with her two daughters.