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Turkey: Leader Insists On Low Rates, Official Says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a meeting with Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci that interest rates need to be kept lower in order for Turkey to become a production-focused economy, Erdogan’s chief adviser Yigit Bulut told Turkish newspaper A Haber, Aksam reported March 12. Read more…

Syria: Army Repels Attack On Strategic Town

Forces loyal to the Syrian government repelled a Jabhat al-Nusra attack on Doreen, a village in western Syria that is strategically located, Reuters reported March 12. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Israel Allows Produce Deliveries

Farm goods left Gaza for Israel for the first time since 2007, when Hamas took control of the territory and Israel imposed a blockade, AP reported March 12. Read more…

Russia: Vietnam Will Deny U.S. Request, Analyst Says

Vietnam will not fulfill a U.S. request for Vietnam to ban Russian military aircraft from using the Cam Ranh Bay base as a refueling site, Sputnik News reported March 12, citing Russian military expert Igor Korotchenko. Read more…

Israel: Leader Says Election Defeat Would Weaken Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a loss in the general elections by his Likud party would weaken Israeli policies on Iran and Palestine, Jerusalem Post reported March 12, a day after polls showed the center-left Zionist Union leading. Read more…

Russia: Putin Is Fine, Kremlin Spokesman Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is well and the Kremlin remains calm on rumors regarding his health, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that those spreading such rumors are experiencing spring fever, Interfax and TASS reported March 12. Read more…

France: Military To Boost Presence Near Lake Chad

France will reallocate some of its troops stationed in Central Africa as part of Operation Sangaris to better respond to the Boko Haram presence around Lake Chad, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said March 11, Jeune Afrique reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Morocco Pulls Ambassador From Capital

Morocco recalled its ambassador from Abuja after the Nigerian government denied that the Moroccan monarch had snubbed President Goodluck Jonathan the previous week, Premium Times reported March 11. Read more…

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