Turkey in contact with Iran over Qandil operation: Minister

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. (Kayhan Ozer/AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Turkey in contact with Iran over Qandil operation: Minister

ISTANBUL: Turkey is in contact with Iran about conducting a possible military operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the northern Iraq region of Qandil, close to the Iranian border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
“We are in contact with Iran,” Cavusoglu told broadcaster Haberturk. “PKK is a threat to them as well. Qandil is very close to the Iran border...We will improve cooperation with Iran.”


Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

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Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

CAIRO: The wife of a former Egyptian lawmaker says he went missing nearly three weeks ago and may have been detained by security forces.
Shaymaa Afifi says Mustafa El-Nagar went missing on September 27 while traveling to the southern city of Aswan. She has sent a request to prosecutors asking for information about his whereabouts.
She says an unknown person informed her by telephone last week that police arrested her husband but gave her no further details.
An appeals court on Monday upheld El-Nagar’s conviction and three-year prison sentence for insulting the judiciary. He had been out on appeal.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
Rights groups say Egypt has forcibly disappeared people in recent years as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.