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National Bank determined to remain in the Turkish market

By Yiannis Papadoyiannis

National Bank sources made clear on Wednesday that the upcoming 2.5-billion-euro share capital increase is to ensure that the group retains its majority stake in Turkish subsidiary Finansbank and its presence in the major market of Turkey.

Bulgarian Clinic Reportedly Involved in Organ Transplants Ring

A Bulgaria-based clinic was reportedly involved in an illegal organ transplants ring dismantled by Israeli police.

The crime ring was uncovered in an operation conducted with the cooperation of Interpol, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

Awards handed out to best young scientists

BELGRADE - The International conference of young scientists, which was a major success for the Belgrade 2 Regional Talent Centre, ended on Tuesday with an award ceremony.

The conference involved young scientists from 18 countries worldwide, including Germany, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Singapore and Indonesia.

A girl from Nis wins gold again

Student Andjela Sarkovic first at Olympiad in Turkey A girl from Nis wins gold again

The State should support young people much more in order to motivate them remain in their homeland, Andjela Sarkovic (18) of the City of Nis says.

Turkey's Turcas looking to buy gas from East Med's Leviathan field

Turkish fuel retailer Turcas said on Tuesday its gas unit has begun nonbinding talks with another company to jointly procure natural gas from the Leviathan field in the Eastern Mediterranean for Turkish markets.

Russia Bans Military and Police from Traveling Abroad

Russia issued a blanket ban on foreign trips for its law enforcement and military personnel, reports 

The list includes Bulgaria, USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Japan, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, etc. The number of off limits countries totals 150. 

Another US Warship Passed Dardanelles Strait

A US warship heading towards the Black Sea passed through the Dardanelles Strait on Tuesday.

USS Taylor was already deployed in the sea back in February, during the Sochi Olympics.

Turkey Expects USD 16 B Revenues of Nuclear Projects

Turkey could count on USD 16 B of revenues from its two planned nuclear projects, the country's Economy Minister Taner Yildiz said Monday.

Yildiz said that Turkish companies are to not only significantly contribute to the construction, but also produce some of the electrical components and machinery needed at the plants, the Daily Sabah newspaper has reported.

International Conference of Young Scientists under way

BELGRADE - Belgrade is hosting the International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) until April 23, which is an unofficial world championship for research papers from several domains, bringing together high-school students from the entire world.

Turkish PM Inaugurates Drilling for Eurasia Tunnel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attended the inauguration ceremony for the Eurasia Tunnel Project in Istanbul.

The Eurasia tunnel is to connect the Asian and European sides of Istanbul via a road tunnel going under the Marmara Sea.

Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996

Greece officially offered on Thursday to assist Turkey in its efforts to locate and salvage a Turkish Air Force fighter jet which crashed in the Aegean almost 20 years ago.

Bulgaria To Spend Another BGN 35 M On Refugees

Bulgaria's Government approved the spending of another BGN 35 M on dealing with the refugee crisis, reports Sega daily.

Thus the total sum would reach BGN 62 M. 

The new sum includes the completion of the construction of the 35 km fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as improvements of the living conditions in the refugee centers and their expansion. 

Turkey to Allow South Stream Passage "if Russia Requests It"

Turkey would consider the possibility that the South Stream gas pipeline could pass through its territory if Russia makes a request, the country's Energy Minister said Wednesday.

Taner Yildiz announced that Turkey was "open to assessing any request for the line to pass" through its land, Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Turkey Starts Building Gas Link with Bulgaria

Turkey's energy enterprise Botas has kicked off the construction of a planned gas link with Bulgaria.

The interconnection grid is to be finished in 2015 and will supply Bulgaria with energy from the Blue Stream, a Russian pipeline delivering gas to Turkey.