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ODTÜ tops the list of innovative universities

The Ankara-based Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) topped the list of the most entrepreneurial and innovative universities, as was also the case last year.

‘We should maintain parliamentary system,’ İhsanoğlu says

Presidential candidate İhsanoğlu takes a dig at PM Erdoğan, saying Turkey must continue with the parliamentary system to avoid problems Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the joint presidential candidate of the two main opposition parties, has said the current parliamentary system fits Turkey better than any presidential system would.

Islamic militants seize Syria oil field

Islamic militants seized an eastern Syrian oil field near Iraq and inched closer to the Turkish border on Friday as they try to consolidate their control of an area along the length of the Euphrates river stretching through Syria and Iraq.

Zülfü Livaneli presented with the French title

Turkish musician, composer, writer and director Zülfü Livaneli, who was awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion d’Honneur this week, was presented with his award at a ceremony on July 3 at the French Palace. French ambassador Laurent Bili presented the award to Livaneli.

Bulgarian Authorities Apprehend Wanted for Terrorism Belgian Citizen

A Belgian citizen, wanted for terrorism, was apprehended by Bulgarian authorities upon trying to enter Bulgaria at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint with Turkey, reports Nova TV.

According to the reports, he is wanted for participation in terrorist organisation and on his name is issued an international extradition order. 

Two Serbian films to premiere at Karlovy Vary festival

BELGRADE - Two Serbian films will have their world premieres in the East of the West competitive section of the Karlovy Vary international film festival.

The films are Monument to Michael Jackson, with screenplay and direction by Darko Lungulov, and Barbarians by Ivan Lalic, who will be making his debut as a screenplay writer and director.

Kirby: Painful reforms will pay off

BELGRADE - Serbia can attain a bright economic future and the painful reforms will pay off in the end, US Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby has said.

It is no secret that Serbia is in a tough economic situation, he told the magazine Nova ekonomija, adding that he thought the team guiding the country's economy was capable of implementing complex reforms.

NATO's Breeze 2014 Naval Drills Kick Off in Black Sea

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the US are due to take part in NATO's Breeze 2014 naval drills beginning on July 4, Bulgaria's Defense Ministry has announced.

The nine-day-long military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the sea and are aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance's member states.

Italy: EU enlargement-strategic priority

BRUSSELS - EU enlargement to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey is among Italy's strategic priorities during its EU Presidency, reads the document presenting the country's program that was published in Brussels on Thursday.

Soldier-hawk superstition

Economists should refrain from delving into politics, even indirectly. That’s what I learned on July 1, which was incidentally also the date that sealed the fate of the Turkish economy for the rest of the summer.

Ankara’s IS Report

As all eyes were on the presidential race and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s candidacy announcement this week, a group of experts gathered at the offices of the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) in Ankara to discuss several strategy options in Iraq and what the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL), now known as the Islamic State (IS), next step may be.

President R.T. Erdoğan: A portrait (I)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s 12th president, is a former footballer, imam, businessman and a mayor of Istanbul. Ideologically, he comes from a political culture of secular/pluralistic libertarianism matured in the 1990s and reflected itself in his various public speeches including, “Marriage certificates should be issued by imams, not by municipal officials.” (Jan.

Interagency report warns over huge funding gap for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Despite hosting the second largest Syrian refugee population, Turkey has received the lowest level of funding compared to other countries hosting Syrian refugees, U.N. agencies have said.

The report demonstrates the necessity for robust support from the international community as a sign of solidarity and responsibility sharing with Turkey.