ForMin Aurescu discusses security, defence with head of National Security Bureau from Poland

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, on Friday reiterated Romania's interest in strengthening bilateral dialogue on security and defence issues with Poland, the most important strategic partner of Romania in the region, during a meeting with the head of the Polish National Security Bureau, Presidential Adviser Pawel Soloch, who is currently paying a visit to Romania.

Marriages and Divorces Tumble in Southeast, Central Europe in Pandemic

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According to official figures from Southeast and Central European statistical agencies, the number of marriages dropped significantly in 2020 during the pandemic, presumably because of social distancing measures and strict bans on public gatherings in many countries.

Economists expect rise in Turkey's February inflation

Turkey's annual inflation rate is projected to rise to 15.45% in February, an Anadolu Agency survey found on Feb. 26. 

Turkey's annual inflation rate in January was 14.97%, up 0.37 percentage points from the previous month.

The Turkish Statistical Institute will announce February's consumer prices index on March 3 Wednesday.

Turkey opposes all type of coups, Erdoğan says

Turkey opposes all types of coup attempts, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the attempted military takeover in Armenia against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.

"We are against all types of coups. We simply cannot accept coup attempts," Erdoğan told reporters in a brief news conference following Friday prayers in Istanbul.

Turkey's foreign trade gap narrows 32.8% in January

Turkey's foreign trade deficit dropped 32.8% year-on-year in January, the country's statistical authority said on Feb. 26. 

The figure fell to $3.34 billion from $4.51 billion in the same month last year, according to TurkStat.

Exports rose 2.3% on an annual basis to reach $15.45 billion last month, while imports slipped 5.9% to $18.79 billion, latest data showed.

Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi murder report

President Joe Biden held a long-delayed first phone call on Feb. 25 with Saudi King Salman ahead of an imminent U.S. intelligence report expected to link the Arab kingdom's powerful crown prince to the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden kept the king waiting in his long list of calls to U.S. allies after being sworn in five weeks ago.