Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Tillerson: ‘Very Good Opportunity’ to Achieve Mideast Peace

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday the Trump administration continues to believe there’s “a very good opportunity” to achieve Middle East peace, despite Palestinian and wider criticism of US President Donald Trump’s impending moves on Jerusalem.

The Associated Press

Munich Conference Cancels Joint Session with Israeli, Iranian Ministers

Organizers of the Munich Security Conference hurriedly rearranged the agenda for their Sunday morning sessions, after Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he was relishing the original itinerary, on which he was scheduled to share a platform, unprecedentedly, with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Avigdor Lieberman

Turkey, Russia Vow Cooperation after Ambassador’s Killing

Russian investigators worked Tuesday to determine whether the assassination of their ambassador to Turkey was the work of a lone gunman or part of a wider conspiracy as the two countries, which have backed opposing sides in the Syrian war, said they would not let the killing disrupt efforts to repair their relationship.

Russian Amb, Assassin-Turkey-Dec 20, 2016-Credit Hasim KilicHurriyet, via Reuters

Suicide Bombing Hits Istanbul Shopping District; 5 Dead, 36 Wounded

A suicide bomb attack struck a busy shopping district in Istanbul on Saturday, killing 5 and wounding 36 at the time of this writing. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, but Turkish officials say the most likely suspects would be either Kurdish militants aligned with the separatist PKK party, or minions of the Islamic State.

A man lights a candle at the site of a blast on Istiklal Street, a major shopping and tourist district, in central Istanbul on March 19, 2016. A suicide blast ripped through Istanbul, killing three Israelis and one Iranian less than a week after another deadly attack left 35 dead …