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Hong Kong: Beijing Bars Pro-Independence Lawmakers From Taking Office

Beijing’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress, released a ruling on Hong Kong’s Basic Law on Nov. 7 effectively saying that any official who does not swear allegiance to the Chinese government cannot take office, Xinhua and the South China Morning Post reported. Read more…

Bulgaria: Socialist Party Ally Wins Presidential Election First Round, Exit Polls Show

Rumen Radev, an ally of the opposition Socialist party, narrowly won the first round of the presidential election in Bulgaria on Nov. 6, exit polls showed, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Pro-Kurdish Opposition Party To Boycott Parliament

Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party, the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), has vowed to halt all activity in the country's Parliament after its joint leaders were arrested, BBC reported Nov. 6. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Backed Kurdish, Arab Coalition Announces Raqqa Operation

A U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab force said Nov. 6 it is starting an operation to capture Raqqa, the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: European Commissioner Blames Ankara For Migrant Deal Tensions

European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker said Nov. 5 that if a June 2016 EU-Turkey deal on stemming migrant flows fails, Ankara would be to blame, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iran, Poland: Companies Sign Deal To Cooperate On Sumar Oil Field

Polish state-run oil and natural gas company PGNiG SA signed a memorandum of understanding Nov. 5 with the National Iranian Oil Company for cooperation in Iran's Sumar oil field, Fars News agency reported. Read more…

Hong Kong: Chinese Lawmakers Weigh In On Pro-Independence Controversy

Two senior members of China's National People's Congress weighed in on the ongoing standoff over two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers, saying on China Central TV on Nov. 5 that the Hong Kong legislators were a threat to sovereignty and undermined rule of law, Reuters reports. Read more…

Turkey: More Pro-Kurdish Lawmakers, Opposition Journalists Detained

The co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, has been taken to a maximum security prison in Edirne, New York Times reported Nov. 5. His counterpart, Figen Yuksekdag, is now at a prison in Kocaeli. Read more…

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