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Greece is an 'ideal partner' in the region, US official says

The United States has made a "strategic decision" whereby Greece is the "ideal partner" in the quest to bring stability and prosperity to a "complex" region, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer has said.

Hour of freedom arrives for NGO volunteers

Sarah Mardini had notched up exactly three-and-a-half months in jail when she was released from the Greek capital's Korydallos Prison last week.

Europol officers to help in Evros

Europol officers with expertise in counterterrorism and curbing organized crime are to be sent to locations in Evros, northern Greece, and regional airports in the coming months to intensify inspections on undocumented migrants entering the country from the land border with Turkey and gather information on crime networks, Kathimerini understands.

Turkish FM criticizes EU, press on France protests

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Dec. 9 said that he was against vandalism, however, he criticized the excessive force French police used against protestors and questioned the EU attitude towards France, addressing the European press stance as a "disaster".

Turkish economy grows by 1.6 percent in Q3

Turkey's economy grew by 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the same period of last year, the country's statistical authority announced on Dec. 10.

I would prefer that Gülen was extradited to Turkey: US pastor Brunson

Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor who was at the heart of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the U.S., has said he would prefer that Fetullah Gülen, who resides in the U.S. and is accused by Turkey of having masterminded the failed coup attempt in 2016, was extradited to Turkey.

Poor media literacy 'making Turks vulnerable to fake news'

The low level of media literacy in Turkey has been making its people vulnerable to fake news, according to Şükrü Oktay Kılıç, a digital content strategist at verification platform

Syrian girl returns home after prosthetics surgery

After a Turkish aid group paid for life-changing surgery to give her prosthetic legs, an 8-year-old Syrian refugee girl on Dec. 8 left Turkey walking tall, living out her greatest dream.

Iranian president seeks deeper ties with Ankara

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Dec. 8 that they wanted to improve further relations with Turkey and the joint agreement by Ankara and Tehran to collaborate in numerous fields including banking and energy topics should be implemented faster.