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Erdogan: Sweden can’t join NATO if Quran-burning is allowed

Ekathimerini | 01 Feb 2023

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed Wednesday that Turkey won’t allow Sweden to join the NATO military alliance as long as it permits protests desecrating Islam’s holy book to take place. Turkey, which has been holding off approving Sweden and Finland’s membership in the Western military alliance, has been infuriated by a series of...

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Finland’s first trans figure skater ‘performs’ at the European Championship

Free West Media | 30 Jan 2023

Markku-Pekka Antikainen, a 59-year-old male Finnish farmer who took up figure skating at age 50 declaring himself to be "trans", performed under the female name "Minna-Maaria" at the opening ceremony of the ISU European Figure Skating Championships. Espoo Finland was proud to announce the participation of the world’s “first trans figure...

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Turkey says it could evaluate Finland NATO bid separate from Sweden

FX Empire | 30 Jan 2023

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey could evaluate Finland’s NATO bid independently from that of Sweden, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, after protests including the burning of a Koran in Stockholm sparked outrage in Ankara. “It is a fair approach to set a difference between a problematic country and a less problematic one. We can...

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NATO hopeful could be ‘shocked’ by Türkiye – Erdogan

Russia Today | 30 Jan 2023

Ankara may give ‘different responses’ to Stockholm and Helsinki on their membership bids, the president has said Türkiye may rule differently on the NATO applications of Finland and Sweden, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an audience of youth in the Bilecik province on Sunday, hinting that “Sweden would be shocked when we respond...

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NATO dialogue with Sweden, Finland ‘meaningless’: Turkey

The Siasat Daily | 27 Jan 2023

Ankara: It is “meaningless” to hold a trilateral meeting with Sweden and Finland to discuss their NATO accession process after recent protests in Stockholm, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said. “In this environment, a trilateral meeting is meaningless. It has been postponed because the current environment will...

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Sweden’s NATO membership goes up in smoke

Free West Media | 25 Jan 2023

After the burning of the Quran in Stockholm, Turkey has no intention of allowing Sweden to join NATO. Sweden's Prime Minister, on the other hand, pointed to the importance of freedom of expression. The NATO Secretary General also spoke up on the matter. After Danish-Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan carried out a permitted and constitutionally...

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U.S. says Finland, Sweden are ready to join NATO alliance

FX Empire | 23 Jan 2023

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Monday said Finland and Sweden are ready to join the NATO alliance, after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy of the...

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Turkey cancels Sweden minister visit over planned protest

The New Arab | 21 Jan 2023

Turkey on Saturday called off a visit by Sweden's defence minister over a planned demonstration by a right-wing extremist in Stockholm. Turkey has been angered by permission obtained by Rasmus Paludan, a Swedish-Danish politician whose anti-Islamist actions sparked riots across Sweden last year, to stage a protest in front of its embassy in the...

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Ukraine’s NATO membership would have prevented Russian invasion, Finnish PM says

Yahoo Daily News | 18 Jan 2023

Sanna Marin Read also: Ukraine already de facto a NATO member, says country’s defense minister “We can look down the history and ask ourselves the question, should Ukraine already be a member of NATO?” Politico quotes Marin. She added that...

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Sweden, Finland must hand over 130 ‘terrorists’, says Erdogan

Dawn | 18 Jan 2023

ANKARA: Sweden and Finland must deport or extradite up to 130 “terrorists” to Turkiye before the Turkish parliament will approve their bids to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. The two Nordic states applied last...

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Visiting green spaces deters mental health drug use, researchers find

The Guardian | 17 Jan 2023

Positive effects were stronger among those reporting the lowest annual household income, says Finnish study Visits to parks, community gardens and other urban green spaces may lower city dwellers’ use of drugs for anxiety, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma, research has found....

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Sweden must extradite terrorists if wants to join NATO: Türkiye

Anadolu Agency | 16 Jan 2023

Türkiye on Sunday criticized Sweden along with other European states over tolerating a continuing terrorist presence, as the country's president said the extradition of terrorists is a must for the Nordic country to earn the right to enter NATO. "We've told them (Sweden), 'Look, if you don’t extradite the terrorists you have then we...

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Turkey summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan effigy protest

Al Jazeera | 13 Jan 2023

Turkey has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara over a demonstration in Stockholm in which an effigy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung from its feet. Staffan Herrstrom, Sweden’s ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the foreign ministry on Thursday, and Ankara’s reaction was conveyed to him, a Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters news...

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Sweden can’t meet some of Turkiye demands for Nato bid, says PM

Dawn | 09 Jan 2023

SLEN: Turkiye, which has for months blocked Nato membership bids by Sweden and Finland, has made some demands that Sweden cannot accept, Sweden’s prime minister said on Sunday. “Turkiye has confirmed that we...

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They survived the hunters: now king penguins face climate change

Urdu Point | 29 Dec 2022

Possession island, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Dec, 2022 ) :Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the thousands of king penguins that densely congregate on the remote Possession Island each year now face a new threat: climate change. The birds spend most of their life at sea, but come breeding time in December half the world's...

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Mafia-themed food items sold abroad unacceptable, say Italian farmers

The Guardian | 25 Dec 2022

Investigation takes aim at everything from Cosa Nostra whiskey to El Padrino restaurant in Spain and Nasi Goreng Mafia eaterie in Indonesia Italy’s biggest farmers’ association is waging a battle against the “scandalous” use of mafia terms to sell a variety of food and drink products around the...

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Finland PM Sanna Marin says Europe is ‘not strong enough’ without the US

The Guardian | 02 Dec 2022

Speaking in Sydney, Marin says Europe needs to build its own defence capabilities and says Finland is preparing for cyber-attacks from Russia Ukraine war live Finish prime minister Sanna Marin has called for Europe to build its own defence capabilities in the wake of the war in Ukraine, saying that...

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Hungary to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, Prime Minister Orban says

Egypt Independent | 25 Nov 2022

Hungary’s Parliament will ratify Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership in its first session in 2023, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday, bringing an end to several weeks of speculation that he would further delay the move....

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Shiffrin skis to 48th-career World Cup slalom win in Levi

Vail Daily | 19 Nov 2022

The sun may have been setting at 2:20 p.m. in Levi, Finland on Saturday, but it was a beautiful metaphorical sunrise for Mikaela Shiffrin’s 12th full World Cup season. The 27-year-old claimed her 48th World Cup slalom victory with a combined time of 1:51.25, edging out Sweden’s Anna Svenn-Larsson (1:51.41) and five-time Levi winner...