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Athens, Nicosia satisfied by EU leaders' stance toward Ankara

A reference in Friday’s European Council conclusions calling on Turkey to respect Cyprus’s sovereign rights left Athens and Nicosia content with the outcome of the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels.

Turkey’s 'predictability' now proven, says minister

Turkey’s economic predictability and stability have been proven by the latest decision of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to remove Turkey from its follow-up process, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said in a written statement Oct. 24.

Turkish PM reiterates: CHP, HDP collaborators of Assad’s cruelty

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused two opposition parties of remaining indifferent to the cruelty in neighboring Syria, in a speech peppered with personal anecdotes and passages from Islamic history.

EU’s anti-dumping decision to hit Turkish fishermen

The European Commission’s planned 9 percent anti-dumping decision on trout imports from Turkey has alarmed Turkish fishermen, who are worried about losing their biggest market.

Turkey is now preparing to offer a number of alternative solutions by November, when the planned decision is expected to take effect, said Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker.

UN chief calls for resumption of Cyprus talks

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a quick resumption of Cyprus peace talks that were suspended during a dispute over rights to offshore oil and gas.

Ban made the appeal after meeting with U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide who is brokering talks between Cypriot Greek and Turkish leaders on the divided island.

MHP urges gov’t to normalize relations with Egypt, Israel

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has said it favors the return of Turkey’s ambassadors to both Israel and Egypt, stressing that the government should follow national interests instead of a foreign policy centered upon the Muslim Brotherhood.

Drones brought in to prevent use of guns in weddings in Black Sea district

A district administration in the Black Sea province of Tokat has decided to start using two multicopter drones to prevent the traditional firing of weapons during weddings.

Shooting guns or rifles in the air in celebration remains a tradition in some parts of Turkey, especially in rural areas. Many people are accidentally wounded or killed in these shootings.

Erdoğan announces Turkey will allow FSA to Kobane, PYD says talks continue

The Turkish president says the PYD agreed to the passage of 1,300 FSA fighters to the border town of Kobane, while the leader of the Syrian Kurdish group stresses that talks are continuing and no agreement has been reached yet The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main Kurdish group fighting in Syria against jihadists, has agreed to the passage of 1,300 Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters to the S

Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.”

Partizan routed by Besiktas in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Partizan Belgrade lost to Turkey's Besiktas Istanbul 4-0 at home in Round 3 of the UEFA Europa League late Thursday.

It is Partizan's second defeat in the competition - they are now bottom of the group table with one draw, while Besiktas are tied with Tottenham Hotspur at the top.

Worker killed at Istanbul construction site in latest labor accident

A worker has been killed after scaffolding collapsed from the 14th floor of a construction site for a new residential tower in Istanbul’s Asian-side district of Kadıköy, in yet another labor accident that may add fuel to the debate on work safety in Turkey.

Bulgarian Red Cross Warns of New Refugee Wave

Bulgarian Red Cross expects a refugee wave, and is properly preparing to face it, Hristo Grigorov, head of the organization said, Friday, Darik news reports.

He explained that currently the refugee situation in the country is under control.

Venizelos slams Turkey for 'flagrant violation of international law' off Cyprus

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Friday condemned Turkey for "the flagrant violation of international law," referring to the presence of a Turkish research vessel and warships of the southern coast of Cyprus where Nicosia is already conducting research for hydrocarbons.

Cyprus president to be released from hospital on Friday following readmission

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was on Friday expected to be discharged from a hospital in Brussels to which he was admitted after suffering nosebleeds caused by high blood pressure.

Anastasiades, who had been due to attend a European Council meeting, was admitted to the hospital, discharged and then readmitted on Thursday as high blood pressure problems persisted.