A bloc of countries from the Americas opposing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that all its 14 members will recall their ambassadors to the country to protest against what it said was the country's failure to hold a "free and fair" election. In a statement issued on Monday, the Lima Group said the members' diplomats in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, would return to their respective countries for consultations. The bloc consists of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia. Members have also summoned Venezuelan ambassadors and agreed to dampen diplomatic relations with Maduro's government, the statement said. Maduro was re-elected as Venezuela's president on Sunday in an election marred by low turnout, a boycott by the main opposition and allegations from rival candidates of several voting irregularities.
ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of "state terror" and "genocide" after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest in Istanbul on Friday. Thousands had earlier marched through central Istanbul to denounce the bloodshed as the U.S. moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of widespread outrage in the Islamic world. "Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state," Erdogan told Turkish students in London in a speech broadcast by state television.
FILE - In this July 14, 2014 file photo Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Sijjarto says the country is recalling its ambassador to the Netherlands and suspending high-level diplomatic ties in response to critical remarks by the Dutch ambassador about Hungary. He said Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 that Hungary's decision was "one of the most radical steps in diplomacy" and that it would ask the Dutch foreign ministry for its position on the statements of Ambassador Gajus Scheltema, which were published Thursday in Hungary by the 168 Ora magazine.
Germany's parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the German decision a "historic error." Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event viewed by many scholars as the 20th century's first genocide. It also urges the German government to "encourage" Turkey to "deal openly with the expulsions and massacres" in order to "lay the necessary foundation stone for a reconciliation with the Armenian people."
The German Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to Germany. The vote heightened tensions between Germany and Turkey at a time when Ankara is playing a key role in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called the German decision a "historic error." Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event viewed by many scholars as the 20th century's first genocide.