SPY chiefs fear the British jihadi dubbed the "White Widow" is recruiting female terrorists to attack European holiday hotspots, it is claimed. Spain, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Turkey and Greece are among the summer destinations reportedly being targeted. According to The Daily Star, details of the recruitment drive were revealed in communications supplied by foreign intelligence organisations. Samantha Lewthwaite, originally from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, has been linked to a string of terrorist atrocities and all-female death squads but remains at large. The so-called "White Widow" has reportedly masterminded several attacks in east Africa where she operates with the jihadist group al-Shabaab. Her husband Jermaine Lindsay killed 26 people when he blew himself up on a tube travelling between King's Cross and Russell Square in London on July 7, 2005. Now the Daily Star claims she is feared to have recruited up to 30 terrorists and trained them in bombmaking. A source told the … [Read more...] about White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite ‘recruiting suicide bombers to attack British holiday hotspots in Spain, Greece and Turkey this summer’
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Relations between Turkey and Greece are now at a low. Apart from the dogfights between fighter planes there are several issues that cause major friction between these two Nato members. Reasons for friction First of all, the Greek defense minister last month said certain small rocks in the Aegean belong to Greece, while in fact both countries lay claim on it. There would be considerable improvement if the Greeks were willing to return some of the people that were involved in the military coup to Turkey Frictions between Greece and Turkey 06/06/2018 - by Jan van der Made Listen There is also the issue of Cyprus. The northern part of this island is occupied by the Turkish military. And there’s the issue of the military that were involved in the coup, and who fled to Greece to ask for political asylum. "The dilemma for the Greek authorities was that if these people were sent back to Turkey [ ... ] a fair trial is not guaranteed,” says Thanos Dokos, the director of … [Read more...] about Tensions between Greece and Turkey continue to rise
Greece and Turkey need to address their differences on a bilateral level and in a spirit of good neighborly relations, the head of NATO alliance of which both countries are member has said. “NATO is the answer to many problems, but NATO is not the answer to all problems,” he said, adding that NATO was designed to address threats from outside the alliance. … [Read more...] about Greece and Turkey must sort out differences bilaterally, NATO chief says
World Bulletin / News Desk On the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington in March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a private meeting with Israel's energy minister, Yuval Steinitz. It was the highest level contact between Israel and Turkey since diplomatic relations broke down six years ago after Israeli forces raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, killing 10 Turkish activists. The meeting, which lasted 20 to 30 minutes and whose details have not been previously disclosed, discussed the war in Syria, Iran's presence there, terrorism - and natural gas. At stake are reserves of natural gas worth hundreds of billions of dollars under the waters of Israel and Cyprus. To exploit them Israel will likely require the cooperation of Turkey. In an interview at his office in Jerusalem, Steinitz confirmed the Washington meeting. “It was in a very good atmosphere,” he said. “I don't want to say more than that ... I'm a great proponent of this effort … [Read more...] about How gas could warm relations between Israel and Turkey
For over two decades Macedonia has resisted Greek pressure to change its name. But that could now change. There are three reasons. First, Macedonia has a new prime minister, Zoran Zaev, who is a liberal and pro-European. He aims to strengthen Macedonia’s EU and international ties: he has arranged a treaty with Bulgaria and opened serious discussions with Greece over the name dispute – the largest obstacle to Macedonia’s membership of NATO and the EU, and to a bigger international role. Second, Macedonia has been independent for over 20 years and has now established its own institutions and infrastructure. Back in 1993, there was a real danger that Macedonia could fall back under Yugoslavia or disintegrate, so it was essential to have a coherent national narrative as a rallying point for the nascent country. That has been achieved. So the old national history of Alexander the Great, though still important, is no longer crucial for Macedonia’s political survival. … [Read more...] about A way forward for Greece and Macedonia?