New toll charges take effect on January 1

A new system of toll charges based on kilometers traveled will come into effect on January 1.

Reductions in the toll rates on the Patras-Athens highway will range from 0.10 euros to 0.20 euros, on the Antirrio-Ioannina highway from 0.05 euros to 0.25 euros, and on the Corinth-Tripoli- Kalamata and Lefktro-Sparta highways frees will be reduced in certain categories of vehicles.

Turkey to retaliate against any attack by Libya’s Haftar: Defense minister

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has warned that the forces of Khalifa Haftar and their supporters based in eastern Libya would be viewed as "legitimate targets" if they attempted to attack Turkish forces in the region.

Speaking during a visit to Turkish troops in Tripoli on Dec. 26, Akar said Haftar had recently started making calls targeting Turkish forces in Libya.

Turkish parliament approves Libya troops motion

The Turkish parliament on Dec. 22 approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months.

While the ruling AKP, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) backed the motion, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and Good (İYİ) Party voted against it.

Status of 152 isles unclear, says architect of Turkey’s ‘Blue Homeland’ doctrine

Retired rear admiral Cihat Yayci, architect of Ankara's expansionist "Blue Homeland" doctrine and its maritime borders pact with Libya's Tripoli-based government, has said that Turkey's continental shelf extends to the medial line of the Aegean Sea, while questioning Greek sovereignty over 152 islands.