Latest News from Turkey

Bulgarian Village Became Second Home for Syrian Refugee Family

A Syrian refugee family has found comfort and acceptance in the southern Bulgarian village of Krushevo.

Jeilan and her 18-year old son and 14-year old daughter escaped the horror of Syria's civil war 7 months ago. The mother is still mourning the loss of her 8-month old baby, whose life could have been saved if there had been adequate medical treatment.

Greece reinstates passenger train service to Balkan capitals

Train service to Sofia, Belgrade and Skopje will resume on May 10th. Also in business news: Turkey's Veibo Group will invest in a production facility in Macedonia's northeast, creating 5,000 jobs.

Turkey's Erdogan, Germany's Gauck Display Mutual Reproof

The German President Joachim Gauck is "still behavings as a pastor" and not as a statesman, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Erdogan also accused Gauck of intervening into Turkey's internal affairs.

Turkey to Start Gulen Extradition

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Ankara is to launch extradition proceedings against Muslim Cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the US.

EU 'to Extend' Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan

The EU would extend the route for supplies through the Southern Gas Corridor and its pipes will make their way further into Europe's mainland, according to reports.

Russia's Vedomosti, which cites sources from the European Commission, suggests that pipes could lead into France and Spain and this could increase the amount of Azerbaijani gas received from the Union.

Lines Form at Border Crossings Between Bulgaria and Turkey

There are long lines of freight trucks at the border crossings between Bulgaria and Turkey, reports Bulgaria's wire service BTA, quoting Turkish media. 

At Kapikule – Kapitan Andreevo crossing the line on the Turkish side is around 6 km and at Hamzabeyli - Lesovo - around 5 km. 

Bulgaria Refugee Agency Head BlamesTraffickers for Negative NGO Report

Nikolay Chirpanliev, Chair of Bulgaria's State Agency for Refugees, has rejected the allegations of international human rights organizations of cases of violence against refugees.

Human Rights Watch has argued in a report that Bulgarian border police pushed back into Turkey asylum seekers. At the same time, the Border Monitoring NGO is also looking into similar cases.

Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Cannot Export Electricity to Turkey - CEO

Ivan Genov, CEO of Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant, has said that it cannot export electricity to Turkey.

In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), he explained that unit 5 of the N-plant was undergoing a planned annual overhaul and only unit 6 was operational.

Turkish Customs Officers Caught BG Driver With 61 kg Heroin

Turkish customs officers apprehended 61 kg of heroin in a Bulgarian truck as it tried to cross the Kapikule border checkpoint into Bulgaria, reports BTA. 

Officially the truck was carrying cement from Turkey to Bulgaria. At the checkpoint it turned out that the load was heavier than declared and the customs officers carried out a thorough inspection of the vehicle.  

Turkish Govt 'Committed Corruption of Consience' - Top Judge

Hasim Kilic, the head of Turkey's Constitutional Court, criticized the government on Friday over its meddling into judiciary affairs.

Kilic claimed the cabinet was committing "a corruption of conscience", as Hurriyet Daily News quoted it as saying.

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