News archive of August 2016

Divided West Leaves Bosnia's 'Governor' Exposed

The Peace Implementation Council, PIC, the ad-hoc body made up of countries and international organizations overseeing the OHR's work and implementation of Bosnia's 1995 peace agreement, withheld international support for use of the OHR's executive powers at Tuesday's meeting.

Nikolic, Vucic to meet with Serb leaders in BiH, RS Thursday

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and PM Aleksandar Vucic will on Thursday meet with Serb leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska to discuss the opposition of the BiH Peace Implementation Council to the RS referendum, the overall situation and further steps.

Stefanovic: Stability under no threat

BELGRADE - Serbia wants to demonstrate an active role in the process of maintaining regional stability, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Wednesday, noting the country's stability was under no threat despite tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina over an upcoming Republika Srpska Day referendum.

Hungary good, sincere friend of Serbia

BUDAPEST - Hungary is one of the most sincere friends of Serbia and it strongly supports the country's European path, Serbian Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said after a meeting in Budapest Wednesday.

Key figure in coup attempt freed after 2-day detention: Report

One of the leaders of the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey was reportedly kept under detention for two days before he was released, in the wake of the failed seizure of government, believed to have been orchestrated by the followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. 

PKK militants block road, set trucks ablaze in Turkey's southeast

Outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have set 11 trucks ablaze in a tunnel and on a motorway, while also blocking the road in the southeastern province of Bitlis, Doğan News Agency reported on Aug. 31. 

Turkey 'targets PYD, not Kurds' in Syria

Turkey is targeting "terror organizations" like the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and not Syrian Kurds in its intervention in Syria, a senior Turkish official said, adding that the Turkish military's offensive would continue until "all threats to Turkish citizens" eradicated from the whole region.

Burial chamber found in Samsun

A burial chamber from the Hellenistic era has been unearthed during excavation works carried out in the northern province of Samsun's Toptepe district.

Built with a masonry technique using natural cut stones, the 250x280 centimeter burial chamber is made up of a corridor nearly 12 meters long. 

Moscow becomes Turkish Airlines' top destination

Turkish Airlines has increased the number of its flights to Moscow to 11 per day, making the Russian capital its top overseas destination with the most flights in one day.

The flagship carrier has increased the number of its daily flights to Vnukovo Airport, one of Moscow's biggest airports, to three from Istanbul, six from Antalya, and two from Ankara.

PM "gathers trusted associates in secret location" - daily

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is holding a meeting with "people who enjoy his greatest confidence," and come from intelligence, security, and defense sectors.

The Belgrade-based daily Blic reported this on Wednesday, and added that the meeting was taking place "in an unknown location."