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ROMANIANS AT MONGOL RALLY Team Mamaliga Warriors crosses the finish line

Team Mamaliga Warriors crossed the finish line of the Mongol Rally, the world's largest charity rally, at the weekend, and returned to Romania.

MamaligaWarriors is one of two Romanian teams that embarked on the rally. Team Dracula Khan, the second one crossed the finish line on August 15.

Vladislav Bajac gets Chinese literary award

BEIJING - Serbian writer and publisher Vladislav Bajac, director and editor-in-chief of the Geopoetika publishing company, has received the Special Book Award of China.

This state award has been granted since 2005 to foreign translators, writers and publishers for their contribution to the promotion of Chinese culture.

Erdogan visits Turkish-occupied Cyprus

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday expected in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus in his first official visit as new Turkey President.

Erdogan, who was sworn in as his country's first popularly elected president last weeek, was scheduled to meet for talks with Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu ahead of a joint press conference.

Kosovo Albanian associated with jihadists in Syria arrested

PRISTINA - Kosovo Albanian Mentor Zejnulahu was arrested at the airport in Tirana and was delivered to Kosovo on Friday.

He is the second resident of Kosovo arrested in the last two months on suspicion of being a jihadist, Pristina-based daily Lajm reports.

The police, according to Lajm, recorded his mobile phone conversations with jihadists in Syria.

Kosovo Albanian "associated with jihadists" arrested

Kosovo Albanian "associated with jihadists" arrested

PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Albanian Mentor Zejnulahu was arrested at the airport in Tirana, Albania and was delivered to Kosovo on Friday.

He is the second resident of Kosovo arrested in the last two months on suspicion of being a jihadist, Priština-based daily Lajm reports.

Sky-High Roaming Charges to Go in Balkans

Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Turkey have agreed to sign an agreement to scrap sky-high roaming charges in the region on September 29, Montenegro's Agency for Electronic Communications has confirmed.

The war is not just in Ukraine

All throughout this summer, Russia was in Ukraine with its weapons, ammunition and direct support for the Ukrainian rebels, now it appears that it is there also with its troops, tanks and aerial combat capabilities.

Low turnout shows Turkish expats ‘reluctant to delve into Turkey’s politics’

When it comes to day-to-day politics, Turks abroad generally choose to be active in their countries of residence rather than in Turkey, says researcher Kerem Öktem, explaining why only 10 percent voted in the recent presidential elections Turks living abroad feel empowered by a strong leader like Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but when it comes to day to day matters they are reluctant to be acti

Erdoğan ready for first international appearance as president

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set for his first international appearances after taking office on Aug. 28, including participation at the key NATO Summit and bilateral visits to Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan.

US, UK spied on Turkey, report says citing Snowden

The United States and the United Kingdom have spied on Turkey, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has reported, citing documents provided by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Impatience grows in Turkey over Syrian 'guests'

Cengiz, a street seller who plies his trade selling bread rings in the centre of Istanbul, is usually a fervent supporter of Turkey's newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But on one issue, he begs to differ.

"I support Erdoğan. But I must say he made one error and that's to allow the Syrians into our country," he said.

Turkey spills sweat and blood to defeat New Zealand in FIBA Basketball World Cup

Turkish national basketball team started the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in fussy style after beating New Zealand 76-73 in Group C game in the Spanish city of Bilbao on Aug. 30.
The “Tall Blacks” were the dominating side in the first half of the game, which saw the Oceanian side grasping a double-digit lead at the end of the second quarter: 38-28.

Number of Yazidi refugees in Turkey swells to 16,000: Official

The number of refugees from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority who have fled to Turkey from the advance of jihadists has risen to 16,000 and may rise further, a top provincial official was quoted as saying Aug. 30.