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"Vučić's visit to Sarajevo - visionary step"

"Vučić's visit to Sarajevo - visionary step"

BELGRADE -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić’s decision to go to Sarajevo for his first official visit was "a visionary step."

Davutoglu also announced that "the trilateral process" between Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina "would be resumed soon."

ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul, 24 others in Iraq: Police

Islamist militants seized the Turkish consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11 and kidnapped the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 staff members, a police colonel said.

"ISIL members managed to kidnap the Turkish consul and 24 of his guards and assistants," the officer said, referring to powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), AFP reported.

ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul, special forces, children in northern Iraqi hotspot

49 Turkish employees, including Turkey's consul general, have been kidnapped by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Soldiers from Turkish Special Forces and children of diplomats are reportedly among the hostages

Davutoglu: Vucic's visit to Sarajevo - visionary step

BELGRADE - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s decision to go on his first official visit to Sarajevo had been a visionary step, announcing that a trilateral process between Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) would be resumed soon.

Montenegro Sells Bankrupt Aluminium Plant

The Montengrin metal company Uniprom on Tuesday bought the bankrupt aluminium plant for 28 million euro and promised to invest 76 million euros over the next four years.

Once the largest factory in Montenegro, employing thousands of workers, it now has only 720 employees. Most will lose their jobs because the new owner plans to keep only 300.

World Bank trims Turkish, global growth forecasts

Citing tough winter conditions in the U.S. and the Ukrainian crisis, the World Bank has lowered its 2014 growth forecasts for the global economy, also darkening its view on the Turkish economy.

In its biannual Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank slashed its Turkish growth forecast from 3.5 to 2.4 percent for this year, also trimming 2015 and 2016 estimations.

Davutoglu, Ugljanin, Dzudzevic discuss position of Bosniaks

BELGRADE – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held talks with Party of Democratic Action of Sandzak (SDA Sandzak) leader Sulejman Ugljanin and acting head of the Bosniak National Council Esad Dzudzevic in Belgrade Wednesday.

Britain to import three water cannons from Germany

Police in mainland Britain are to acquire their first water cannon after Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, approved spending more than £200,000 on second-hand vehicles from the German federal police, The Telegraph has reported.

The fragile Kurdish peace

Last Sunday, a young Kurdish protestor who masked his face entered a Turkish Air Force base in the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakır. He climbed up the pole, reached out to the Turkish flag, and took it down. The military personnel, somehow, could not stop him.

Is Iraq-Syria becoming new Afpak?

A day after Iranian President Hasan Rouhani called on Turkey to jointly fight against regional extremist terrorism for the stability of both countries and of the Middle East region, jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, including Mosul, and were heading toward the province of Salahaddin, on the road to Baghdad.   

Fall of Mosul might worsen Kurdish problem, too

The reports on June 10 were indicating Mosul, the second largest city of Iraq, near the Turkish and Syrian border is falling into the hands of the militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

Erdoğan holds key to Turkey's future, Hillary Clinton writes in memoir

Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” which many observers interpret as an unofficial kickoff of her prospective 2016 presidential campaign, dishes out a lot about key world leaders, but Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has a special place in the 656-page book published June 10.

Turkey's science watchdog mocked for ‘montage’ report on graft leaks

Turkey’s opposition leaders have lined up to slam the state science watchdog TÜBİTAK, which recently concluded that leaked voice recordings, allegedly belonging to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and apparently proving his involvement in a huge graft scandal, “were montaged.”

Obama’s foreign policy aide visits Turkey for Syria talks

The U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and President Barack Obama’s key foreign policy aide, Samantha Power, will visit Turkey this week to discuss the Syrian crisis and other regional issues, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials have told the Hürriyet Daily News.