For the past two weeks Diyarbakir, the unofficial capital of Turkey’s 15m Kurdish citizens, has been a city under siege. Armed riot police roamed the streets under the shadow of hulking water cannons, the whiff of pepper spray in the air. The internet was cut off. Source: FT
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Any country leaving the eurozone would have to settle its claims or debts with the bloc’s payments system before severing ties, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has said. The comment, a rare reference by Draghi to the possibility of the currency zone losing members, came in a letter to two Italian lawmakers in the European Parliament released on Friday (20 January). Source Euractiv
Black-clad activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. Source reuters
Japan and India are finally moving to fructify their partnership for development of the Chabahar port in Iran with Tokyo committing investment to help improve Afghanistan’s access to the port. Source Times of India