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Erdogan · Ankara

Turkey blocks start of NATO talks on Finland’s and Sweden’s applications

43% Right coverage: 44 sources
NATO envoys failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on whether to start membership talks with Finland and Sweden. Turkey renewed its objections to the two Nordic countries joining. The move marks one of the biggest geopolitical ramifications of Russia's war on Ukraine. Croatia's president suggested his country could do the same to secure a tradeoff.See the Story
Europe · Jerusalem

Al Jazeera to refer journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing to ICC

37% Center coverage: 22 sources
Qatar's Al Jazeera TV Network will refer the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on May 11. Al Jazeera's legal team alongside international legal experts will prepare a file on the killing to refer it to the ICC.See the Story
Europe · Brussels

EU’s border chief offers to resign over pushback claims

44% Center coverage: 23 sources
Fabrice Leggeri is the head of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, known as Frontex. He has been under mounting pressure to resign for several months. A German Interior Ministry spokesperson said the board is considering whether to accept the offer. The director submitted his offer to resign a day after a media investigation suggested illegal pushbacks.See the Story
Erdogan · Ankara

Turkey's Erdogan says Greek PM Mitsotakis 'no longer exists' for him

Coverage: 19 sources
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will cease talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Erdogan accuses Mitsotaki of recommending to U.S. officials that Washington not sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. Greece and Turkey are NATO allies but have strained relations over a slew of issues.See the Story
Middle East · Jerusalem

Shireen Abu Akleh: Thousands turn out for funeral of Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli military raid

58% Left coverage: 12 sources
Shireen Abu Akleh was a veteran reporter for Al Jazeera's Arabic service. She was shot dead during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. Her body was carried through the streets with the bulletproof vest on top of the coffin. The Palestinian Authority has blamed Israel and rejected calls for a joint investigation.See the Story
Europe · Washington

Biden administration seeks Congress approval for small weapons deal to Turkey -sources

44% Right coverage: 9 sources
The Biden administration has informally reached out to the U.S. Congress to seek approval for a proposed sale of missiles to Turkey. The weapons package was an existing request by Ankara, and includes AIM-120 medium-range air-to-air and sidewinder missiles. The notification to Congress is part of an informal process that gives lawmakers the opportunity to question or quash potential weapons sales.See the Story
Europe · London

British geologist faces death penalty for ‘smuggling artefacts’ from Iraq

Coverage: 12 sources
Jim Fitton, 66, was arrested at Baghdad airport on March 20. customs officials found 12 shards of broken pottery in his luggage. The father of two was in Iraq for a geology and archaeology tour. He is being held in a cell at the airport before his trial.See the Story
Middle East · West Bank

Israeli Supreme Court rules to evict 1,000 Palestinians from West Bank region

56% Left coverage: 9 sources
Israel's Supreme Court has rejected a petition against the eviction of more than 1,000 Palestinian inhabitants of a rural part of the occupied West Bank. After two decades of inconclusive legal maneuvering, the Supreme Court issued its ruling late on Wednesday, paving the way for the demolition of eight small villages in a rocky, arid area near Hebron.See the Story
Middle East · Libya

Libya is losing $60m a day in oil shutdown: Oil minister

50% Left coverage: 6 sources
Libya's two major export terminals and several oil fields have been held hostage to the country's latest political schism. Production has fallen by about 600,000 barrels a day, half of the prior level. Analysts say eastern Libyan forces who back Bashagha have forced the closure of the oil facilities.See the Story

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