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820 workers killed by accidents in six months, says union head

Some 820 people were killed in work accidents only in the last six months, a senior trade union representative said, recalling that poor working conditions of coal mine workers in Soma were the main reason of massive casualty on May 13 accident that killed 301 people. 

Turkey seeks lower Russian gas prices

Turkey has asked Russia to reduce the price of the natural gas it buys, the country’s energy minister said on June 19, during a visit to Moscow.

60% of Bulgarians Haven't Been on Vacation Last Year

Sixty percent of Bulgarians haven't travelled for vacation last year, shows a survey of the Economy Ministry. 

The study, financed by the regional development EU funding programme, took place between January 25 and March 25 this year among 1200 Bulgarians aged 15 and above. 

Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 1 million: minister

The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighbouring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay told a news conference on Thursday.
Ankara has maintained an "open border" policy to refugees fleeing the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels in Syria.

Top court’s Balyoz ruling paves the way for retrial: PM Erdoğan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has indirectly welcomed the Constitutional Court’s verdict that the rights of scores of convicted suspects in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup case have been violated, stressing that this could lead to retrials.  

Dacic to visit Varna and Bucharest

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will head the Serbian delegation at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Varna on Thursday.

First underwater archaeology vessel launched

Konya’s Selçuk University on June 17 launched Turkey’s first underwater archaeology research vessel in Antalya. With teams from Warsaw and Naples, the university will set off in July 1 to discover the underwater archaeological richness of the Mediterranean, spanning until Aug. 31.

Life’s new reality in Turkey: Refugees

Mardin: “When I took office here two years ago,” said the coordinator governor in charge of refugees, Veysel Dalmaz, “There were about 50,000 Syrian refugees in the camps.” As of fall of 2012, Syrians who have entered Turkey, but are living outside the camps are estimated to be in the band of 15,000 to 20,000.” 

Why is Erdoğan holding out over his candidacy?

There is a little over seven weeks to go before the elections, but the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has still not announced its candidate for presidency. Prime Minister Erdoğan said Tuesday, June 17, that they have until July 3 to do so. The oddity is everyone knows who the AKP’s candidate is.