FROM Daniel Dombey
Turkey Appears to Give In on Aid to Kurdish Fighters After weeks of resisting any military role in the Syrian war, Turkey will allow Kurdish forces to cross its border and fight the so-called Islamic State in the besieged town of Kobane. Last night, the US dropped tons of arms, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurds. Daniel Dombey is based in Ankara, the Turkish capitol, for the Financial Times.
Riot Police Break Up Turkey's May Day Protests May Day in Istanbul, a city of 14 million people almost shut down today. Thousands of protesters were met with water canons and tear gas, but there was celebration mixed with the protest. Daniel Dombey is correspondent in Turkey for the Financial Times .
Riot Police Push Back against Protestors in Istanbul Turkish riot police have moved into Taksim Square in central Istanbul today. That's at the heart of ten days of anti-government protests. They're firing tear gas and water cannons at protestors armed with rocks and fireworks. Daniel Dombey is Turkey correspondent for the Financial Times .
More Talk of Dialogue with Iran before the G-8 At a news conference at the White house today, President Bush conceded , "It's been a tough month in Afghanistan." He was asked about speculation that Israel might attack Iran. The President leaves this weekend for the G-8 summit in Japan. At the Pentagon, the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, also addressed the issue of a possible attack by Israel on Iran. Daniel Dombey reports from the White House for the Financial Times .
In London, Bush Gets Agreement on Tougher Sanctions on Iran In London today, after talks with President Bush, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Britain will freeze the assets of the biggest bank in Iran . He also promised to increase British troops in Afghanistan. Daniel Dombey is the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times .
Iran Refuses to Release Sailor, UK Appeals to Security Council Iran has cancelled the release of Faye Turney, the one woman among 15 British marines and sailors seized a week ago by Iran, as Britain tries to mobilize world opinion against their capture. A spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair says, "What is important is that Iran knows that it is isolated " on the issue of seizing British marines and sailors in the Persian Gulf. We get an update on the escalating international incident from Daniel Dombey of Financial Times and Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?