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France signals support for Greece

The participation of the Hellenic Navy in the carrier group that will escort the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on a part of its mission in the Eastern Mediterranean is seen as yet another indication of Athens' desire to strengthen its ties with Paris.
The government also sees the move as French support for Greece in light of the Turkish-Libyan maritime border accord.

Democracy Digest: How ‘Honest’ Is Donald Tusk’s Memoir?

Tusk himself ups the ante in the introduction to the book, published (in Polish) at the end of last year by media giant Agora.

"When I told Herman Van Rompuy, the former prime minister of Belgium and my predecessor, that I am sending my notes from the last years to a publisher, he scratched his head: 'Why are you doing that? It's very risky, you will regret it.'"

US, Turkish army chiefs meet in Brussels

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Jan. 14 met with Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler in Brussels, Belgium.

"The two leaders discussed the security situation in Syria and the importance of U.S.-Turkish cooperation in the region," Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. DeDe Halfhill said in a statement.

Global debt hits record $253 trillion

The global debt-to-GDP ratio hit a new all-time high of over 322 percent in the third quarter of 2019, with total debt reaching close to a record $253 trillion, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) has said.

Total debt across the household, government, financial and non-financial corporate sectors surged by some $9 trillion in the first three quarters of last year.

Turkish women on road to get Tokyo ticket

The Turkish women's volleyball team on Jan. 10 won against Belgium 3-2 in a tie-breaker to qualify for the CEV European qualification semifinals for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Turkey led the first two sets 25-20 and 25-15, a great advantage to win the match in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, but the Belgians managed to equalize, winning the third and fourth sets, 25-20 and 25-22.

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