News archive of August 2016

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."

Orban in Belgrade on Monday, governments to meet in fall

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban will visit Serbia on Monday, September 5, and the two countries' governments will hold a joint session by the end of the year.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and Serbian Minister without Portfolio in charge of EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic announced this at a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

Bulgaria PM Takes Over Preparations for EU Presidency

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is assuming the position of National Coordinator for the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, the government has said.

The change means Borisov is taking over from Deputy PM and Education Minister Meglena Kuneva.

Ankara, Moscow work on plan to make bilateral trade, tourism on lira, ruble: Minister

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said technical work for bilateral trade and tourism on the Turkish Lira and Russian ruble has been initiated between the two countries, noting that the recent crisis has negatively impacted both nations and it was now time to recover all losses, in a joint meeting on Aug. 31. 

Boyan Petrov Eyes Everest Despite Car Accident

Mountaineer Boyan Petrov said on Tuesday he is not giving up plans to ascend the world's highest peak Everest despite the injuries sustained in a car accident earlier in August.

Petrov has told private NOVA TV station that that his recovery was going "according to plan" and his condition was "unexpectedly well" at the moment.

PM supports proposed new law to regulate organ donation

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic received today patients who are on a waiting list for organ transplantation.

They have been raising awareness in recent months about organ donation through the campaign "The most important call of my life."

Kosovo Urged to Send Border Deal to Arbitration

Haki Abazi, program director for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for the Western Balkans, told BIRN that the best way to avert the tensions that have arisen over the demarcation agreement with Montenegro could be international arbitration.

According to Abazi, a good example of this was the case of Slovenia and Croatia, which had similar border troubles.