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How Athens became the unexpected hub for Afghan women – POLITICO

A text to the prime minister’s wife played a key role in opening the door to a country more known for its strict migration policies. ATHENS — The women of Afghanistan’s deposed democracy have found a temporary home in an unlikely location: Athens. In recent months, Greece appears to have welcomed more women fleeing Afghanistan …

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Turkish state-run bank lacks immunity in US criminal laundering case | Courthouse News Service

The Second Circuit’s ruling found Halkbank engaged in commercial activity when it allegedly laundered $1 billion of Iranian money through the U.S. financial system. (CN) — Federal prosecutors can continue to prosecute a Turkish bank in a Manhattan courthouse for allegedly evading U.S. sanctions against Iran by laundering $20 billion of that nation’s oil and …

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Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks | The Guardian

As the sun sets over a dusty ravine on the outskirts of Van city in eastern Turkey, Muhammdullah Sangeen and dozens of other Afghans are preparing for another night sleeping rough. The 22-year-old, who has a bruised left eye and fresh cuts all over his arms, arrived from Iran a few days earlier with the …

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Turkey: Soldiers Beat, Push Afghan Asylum Seekers Back to Iran | Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Turkish authorities are summarily pushing Afghan asylum seekers crossing into the country from Iran back to Iran, in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Six Afghans, five of whom were pushed back, told Human Rights Watch that the Turkish army beat them and their fellow travelers – some to the point of breaking …

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Greece as a bulwark of the West – ekathimerini.com

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (l) talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the EU summit in Brussels, on October 2. Greece, Cyprus and Israel form a security community of liberal democracies with common interests and values. [EPA] The recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the future of Greek-American relations. Washington …

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The autocrats of the world are uniting – UnHerd

If Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is so determined to gild his nation’s Islamic credentials, why has he been cooperating with Beijing to extradite Uighur Muslim refugees? Why hasn’t he protested against Xi Jinping’s mass detention and reeducation camps? When not currying favor with Xi, Erdoğan has also been busy consulting with Vladimir Putin — …

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Turkey could free enslaved Yazidis. Instead, it’s keeping them – Washington Examiner

SINUNI, Iraq — Sinuni, an overwhelmingly Yazidi town just miles from the Syrian border, is a traumatized town. With the defeat of the Islamic State, it has largely rebuilt. Crowds gather in front of government offices to apply for compensation grants to help fund their rebuilding. Children walk alone to school, albeit overcrowding and a …

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