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Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court to look into Turkey-vote

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court would look into voting for Bulgarian Parliamentary elections at Turkish polling stations, a media statement from the Order, Law and Justice (OLJ) party said. The initiative for the court case was taken by OLJ party leader Yane Yanev, and the complaint was lodged by chief prosecutor Boris …

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Interior Minister Atalay visits TOBB to discuss “democratic move”

TURKEY Turkish Interior Minister Beşir Atalay on Wednesday visited chairman of the Union of Chambers’ & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu within the scope of government’s “democratic move” aiming to find a solution to Kurdish issue. Speaking after the meeting, Atalay said, “believe me, this is not an …

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Putin’s Ankara visit aims to seek Turkish support for gas pipeline

ANKARA, Turkey Talks expected to boost Ankara’s energy hub ambitions began Thursday as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Putin’s visit is also expected to focus on Turkish support for a Russian natural gas pipeline project that Moscow wants to build ahead of …

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Downer says no pressure for Cyprus deal

NICOSIA, Cyprus Leaders of the two communities on the divided island have made significant progress in reunification talks but no pressure should be exerted to strike an agreement, UN special envoy for Cyprus Alexander Downer told AP on Wednesday (August 5th). “We haven’t set a timeline,” Downer said.

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Russia`s Putin Starts Energy Talks With Turkish PM

Talks expected to boost Ankara’s energy hub ambitions began on Thursday as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The talks are expected to focus on Turkish support for a major Russian natural gas pipeline project that Moscow wants to build ahead of a rival …

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Turkish army announces new air force, navy commanders

ANKARA, Turkey The army announced on Tuesday (August 4th) that it has appointed new commanders of its air and naval forces. In a statement, the General Staff said the Air Force will be commanded by General Hasan Aksay, who will replace retiring General Aydogan Babaoglu. Admiral Esref Ugur Yigit will …

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EU puts five-year tax on Chinese wire rod, spares Turkey, Moldova

The European Union imposed five-year tariffs on wire rod from China to help EU producers such as ArcelorMittal, Corus Group and Feralpi Siderurgica SpA compete against cheaper imports. Turkey and Moldova were spared. The duties, as high as 24 percent, punish Chinese exporters for selling wire rod in the EU …

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Athens in warning to Ankara

BRUSSELS Greek FM Dora Bakoyannis has informed Brussels about Turkey’s “provocative policy” of violating Greek airspace in the past weeks. The comments came as EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday.

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Turkey, Iraq, US to discuss anti-PKK measures

ANKARA, Turkey Iraqi, Turkish and US officials will meet in Ankara on Tuesday (July 28th) to discuss joint measures to combat terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members in northern Iraq, a Turkish government source said on Saturday. “Talks will be focused on co-operation in the fight against terrorism and ways …

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Davutoglu, Jeremic hold historic meeting in Sandzak

BELGRADE, Serbia Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic in Novi Pazar on Friday (July 24th) and said Ankara will invest in construction of a highway through Sandzak. The Turkish diplomat called the Sandzak region “a green light” for further co-operation between the two countries. Jeremic …

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