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Egypt: Gulf Cooperation Council Defends Qatar

The Gulf Cooperation Council has rejected Egypt’s accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, AFP reported Feb. 19, citing GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani. Read more…

Turkey: Intelligence Agency Warns Of Islamic State Attack

Some members of the Islamic State retreating from Kobani in northern Syria have crossed into Turkey and could stage attacks in the country, the Turkish intelligence agency said, Hurriyet Daily News reported Feb. 19. Read more…

Slovakia: Pipeline To Complement Turkish Stream

The Turkish Stream expected to deliver natural gas from Russia to Southern Europe through Turkey will complement Slovakian firm Eustream’s Eastring pipeline, Sputnik News reported Feb. 19, citing Eustream official Mirek Topolanek. Read more…

Georgia: No Plans For NATO Military Infrastructure, Official Says

NATO will not deploy its military infrastructure in Georgian territory, Interfax reported Feb. 19, citing Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister's special representative on relations with Russia. Read more…

Ukraine: Russia Questions Kiev's Call For Peacekeepers

Ukraine’s request for the United Nations and the European Union to send peacekeeping forces to the conflict zone calls into question Ukraine's commitment to the Minsk agreements, Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin said, Itar-Tass reported Feb. 19. Read more…

Greece: Eurogroup Receives Bailout Extension Request

Greece has submitted a request to the Eurogroup for a six-month extension of its bailout deal and has accepted supervision from the troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, The Guardian reported Feb. 19. Read more…

Kazakhstan: Revised Budget Submitted

Kazakhstan’s government has submitted to its parliament a revised budget for the period from 2015 to 2017, based on a 2015 GDP growth of 1.5 percent, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported Feb. 19. Read more…

Niger: Airstrike Kills 20 At Funeral

An unidentified aircraft bombed a funeral gathering near Niger's border with Nigeria on Feb. 18, killing 20 people and wounding 20 more, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

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