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Turkey may re-examine acquisition of F-35 jets, paper says

Turkey may reconsider its decision to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets due to their technical problems and increase expense, according to sources in the Turkish military and Defence Ministry, cited by pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper on Thursday.

Migrant camp evacuated in Lavrio due to nearby fire

Firefighters evacuated migrants from an unofficial camp in Lavrio in southeastern Attica, after a fire broke down in dry grassland and garbage in the area on Thursday morning.
The fire service said there was no immediate danger for the camp but it was decided to move its residents due to the smoke.

Closed Hearings at Serbian Security Chiefs’ Trial Cause Mistrust

The latest hearing in the case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic was held at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday, when the first defence witness in their retrial for wartime crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia gave testimony behind closed doors.

Romania, Hungarian experts discuss Valea Uzului cemetery controversy

Romanian and Hungarian experts have discussed the controversial situation of the Valea Uzului cemetery at a working meeting. Romania's Ministry of National Defence (MApN) reports that the working meeting of the experts was held in Bucharest on Wednesday in an attempt to look into shared interest in war cemeteries and memorials.

Eurobank to sell sour mortgage loan notes to Pimco unit

Greece's third-largest lender Eurobank agreed to sell mezzanine and junior notes of a 2.0 billion euro securitized pool of non-performing mortgage loans to a unit of US funds group Pimco as part of efforts to clean up its balance sheet.

Cyprus protests to UN over airspace and sea violations by Turkey

Cyprus has strongly protested at the UN over Turkey's violations of the island's national airspace, the infringements of international air traffic regulations and the illegal use of closed ports and airports.

Istanbul Election Shows How Democracy Is Won

The opposition coalition, led by the Republican People's Party (CHP), won in Turkey's three most important metropolitan areas: Ankara, Izmir, and Istanbul.

Confidence climbs in Turkey's economy

Confidence in Turkey's economy improved on a monthly basis in June, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on June 27.

Defendant collapses in Golden Dawn trial

The ongoing trial of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was interrupted on Thursday morning after a defendant collapsed in the court room and was taken to hospital.
Giorgos Patelis was in the stand when he fainted. Court officers called an ambulance while he was offered first aid.

Turkey refurbishes historic South African mosque

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has completed massive renovations at a historic mosque in Johannesburg's Soweto township.

Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies

Authorities raised alerts on June 26 as Europe's record-breaking June heatwave threatened to intensify with temperatures heading into the 40s Celsius.    

Luminaries call for crackdown on campus violence

An open letter published by five respected Greek academics and politicians calls for the abolition of a law preventing police from entering university grounds and an end to tolerance of campus violence.