Turkey court orders release of hunger striking Kurdish MP

Guven, a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker, launched a hunger strike on Nov. 8 in the Diyarbakir prison where she is being held. (AFP)
Updated 25 January 2019

Turkey court orders release of hunger striking Kurdish MP

  • Leyla Guven will be monitored during her release on orders of the court in Diyarbakir
  • Guven launched a hunger strike on Nov. 8 in protest at the prison conditions for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: A Turkish court on Friday ordered the supervised release of a detained lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who is seriously ill as a result of her 11-week hunger strike.
Leyla Guven, 55, who launched a hunger strike on November 8 in protest at the prison conditions for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, will be monitored during her release on orders of the court in Diyarbakir in the Kurdish majority southeast.


UAE completes 39 evacuations of citizens from abroad amid coronavirus crisis

Updated 5 min 49 sec ago

UAE completes 39 evacuations of citizens from abroad amid coronavirus crisis

  • The ministry is preparing 25 more flights to repatriate Emiratis
  • UAE nationals can register on a website to be evacuated

DUBAI: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has repatriated 1,743 nationals who had become stranded abroad because of the coronavirus crisis, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
The operation has so far involved 39 flights, with a further 25 to follow in the next few days despite the grounding of most of the world’s airlines, Undersecretary of the ministry Khaled Abdullah Belhoul said.
Emiratis abroad who wish to return home need to register online through the website, https://www.research.net/r/mofa-nat, to be included in future evacuation trips.
Meanwhile, the UAE has also cooperated with Iraqi and German authorities to help them repatriate their own nationals from the country.