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Erdoğan-Biden on call again, as Ankara sets up crisis desk on Iraq

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the growing insurgency in Iraq with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the second time in three days, while Ankara established a crisis desk to inform the Turkish public daily about 80 Turks taken hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq.

Heroin worth EUR 30 M Seized by Greek Authorities

Over 1 ton of heroin worth over EUR 30 M was seized Friday near Athens  in a joint operation of Greek police and coast guard and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Turkey does not evacuate Baghdad embassy as ISIL moves on capital

As jihadist militants approach ever closer to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Turkey has still yet to decide to evacuate its embassy in the city, an official has told Hürriyet Daily News, adding that the embassy staff were currently working to remove all Turkish nationals from Iraq.

Soma mine owner ‘risking lives’ to reopen other facilities

The management of Soma Holding, the owner of the coal mine in western Turkey where 301 workers tragically died on May 13, has sped up efforts to reopen its remaining two Soma mines, which an opposition lawmaker has described as “risking lives.”

‘Dracula’s tomb’ discovered in Italy

Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered the whereabouts of “Dracula’s” grave, which is in Italy and not the Romanian Transylvanian Alps as first thought.

EU enlargement commissioner to arrive in Ankara for talks

Stefan Füle, the European Union commissioner responsible for enlargement, is due to pay a two-day visit to Ankara next week to hold talks with senior Turkish officials on Turkey’s almost-stalled negotiation process.

Ankara ordered Turkish special forces in Mosul not to clash with ISIL

Ankara instructed the special forces protecting the Turkish consulate in Mosul not to engage in clashes with militants of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who besieged the compound, Turkish media reported on June 13.

İzmir to revive with international rythms

World renowned Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia will play at the ancient theater of Ephesus for the opening concert of the 28th International Ä°zmir Festival on June 14 The 28th International Ä°zmir Festival will be held between June 14 and Sept. 3, hosting the great masters of rhythm.

Ban on dolphin parks and circuses lifted from animal protection bill

A draft amendment to the animal protection law will no longer include a ban on dolphin parks and animal circuses, after a ruling party deputy introduced a notice demading the removal of the ban A ban on dolphin parks and animal circuses has been removed from a draft of the amendment on the protection of animals law, with a notice issued by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) d

Shuffling problems

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of Turkey is like a cat with nine lives. Anywhere in the world, any one of the major events this country lived through during last year would have taken down governments, kill the prospects of key bureaucrats and change the political climate.

Coal for votes – or maybe even lives?

Today is the last day of the quarterly data-intensive week. In addition to the first quarter GDP figures, which were released on June 10, industrial production and Balance of Payments for April came out on June 9 and 12 respectively.

‘Turkey’s bark is worse than its bite’

The assessment in the title line does not belong to this columnist, but has been cherished in this column since a Turkey specialist realistically put it in a Reuters analysis a couple of years earlier.