German government has granted a Turkish request to allow the possible
prosecution of a TV comedian who wrote a crude poem about Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
has demanded to have comedian Jan Boehmermann prosecuted for
insulting a foreign head of state.
a section of Germany's criminal code, the government has to authorize
prosecutors to pursue a case against the comedian.
code, known as Paragraph 103, concerns insults against organs or
representatives of foreign states. However, it is so rarely used that
many German politicians and lawyers were previously unaware of its
has demanded prosecution of Jan Boehmermann. [The] German government,
in accordance with established practice, studied the note; this
process involved the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Justice, Ministry
of Internal Affairs and the Office of the Federal Chancellor. As a
result, the federal government in regard to this incident, satisfies
told reporters at the Chancellery in Berlin.
chancellor went on to stress that it "means neither
a prejudgment of the person affected nor a decision about the limits
of freedom of art, the press and opinion."
said that the government intends to repeal the law, effective in
were different opinions between the coalition partners - the
conservatives and the SPD (Social Democrats)," Merkel dded....[ ]
blocking of Russian news website Sputnik is yet another move by
Ankara that raises further concerns about the freedom of expression
in Turkey, which already has a bad human rights reputation,
international activists say.
blocking is only the latest in a series of issues that I have voiced
over the years with regard to freedom of expression on the internet
in Turkey," the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE)
representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatovic, said in a
Russian state news agency's website was abruptly shut down by Turkey
on Thursday, with authorities citing "administrative
on Turkey's 5651 internet-regulating law. The final decision on
blocking the site will be made by a Turkish court ....[ ]
Russian military jet that flew near a US destroyer could have been
shot down under US rules of engagement, Secretary of State John Kerry
said, calling the jet's proximity “reckless” and “provocative.”
Russian Su-24 jet flew 30 feet (nine meters) above the USS Donald
Cook during a training exercise on Tuesday, according to the US
military's European Command, which referred to the incident as a
of State John Kerry expressed Washington's anger at the incident on
Friday, telling CNN Español that the US “condemn
this kind of behavior. It is reckless. It is provocative. It is
dangerous. And under the rules of engagement that could have been a
need to understand that this is serious business and the United
States is not going to be intimidated on the high seas...we are
communicating to the Russians how dangerous this is and our hope is
that this will never be repeated,”
‘porous’ Turkey-Syria border facilitates the actions of
terrorists and flow of smuggled goods, Russia’s foreign minister
said, adding that the only way to stop the process is to invite
clear that international observers could be deployed there only at
Turkey’s request and we give special attention to the matter, in
the UN as well, hoping that our Western partners will manage to
compel Ankara to do so,” Sergey
Lavrov said on Friday at a press conference after a meeting with his
Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishido, in Tokyo.
is no other possible way to tackle the situation on
border with Islamic State militants’ smuggling routes still running
intact, Russia’s foreign minister dded.
and weapons get into Syria from Turkey while various illegal goods
are being smuggled from Syria, even though their flow “has
decreased thanks to our [Russian] Air Forces, but it still
Turkey is shrugging off the problem as it is, we propose, so far not
in any official format but as a draft resolution or some other
decision, that Turkey invites independent international observers to
its territory to watch what is actually going on at this
is constantly raising the matter of the Turkey-Syria border with
partners who are interested in quelling the Syrian crisis,
particularly with the American officials, since Turkey is a member of
the US-led anti-terrorist coalition, Lavrov said. US diplomats,
concerned with the border problem as well, say they are taking
measures trying to find a solution, he dded.
that has been repeatedly implicated as a consumer of cheap oil
produced by Islamic State in Syria. In March an RT documentary crew
obtained documents left by IS militants that suggested a link between
Turkey and IS oil production. An IS militant in an interview with RT
said that there had been no guards at the Turkey-Syria border to stop
them and they moved freely from one country to another.
in December, Russia’s defense ministry released satellite images
showing oil trucks going from Islamic State installations in Syria to
the Turkish government has denied all of the allegations regarding
Ankara’s involvement in terrorist financial activity.
State has benefited from the trade in looted Syrian antiquities and
artifacts as well, another RT journalist investigation has suggested.
Despite a UN Security Council ban on buying illegally obtained
antiquities from Syria and Iraq, there have been reports on some of
the items worth thousands of dollars turning up later in antique
markets in Europe and the US and then ending up in private
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