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Two Migrants Die, Dozens Missing After Vessels Capsize Near Greece

Two migrants have drowned and dozens are reported missing after two vessels capsized in the Aegean Sea, Monday.

Some 65 migrants of different nationalities were trying to reach Greek coast from Turkey by sea. The two small ships have capsized near the Greek island of Samos, the Greek coast-guard announced Monday, cited by Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA).

Greek Authorities Also Push Back Refugees - Report

Greece has also committed serious violations against asylum seekers and immigrants entering its territory from Turkey, a new report by Amnesty International has argued.

Turkish May Day Protesters Vow to Stage Rally on Istanbul's Taksim

More than 20 people have been injured and tens have been detained in Istanbul during May Day protests.

Episodes of unrest began after police used tear gas and water cannon to warn citizens against staging a banned demonstration on Taksim Square, which saw a wave of anti-government action last year.

Turkey 'Could Import' Liquefied Gas from Norway

Turkey looks at Norway as a potential supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as its Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said while on a visit to Oslo.

At a press meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Tord Lien, Yildiz announced his country had requested to buy up to 6 B cubic meters of gas, according to The World Bulletin.

Suspected Drugs Baron's Detention Extended in Kosovo

EULEX said detention on remand has been extended until July 7 for Kelmendi, who was arrested on May 5, 2013 by Kosovo police acting on an international arrest warrant. Fuad Nikqi, suspected of assisting Kelmendi, was also arrested.

A EULEX prosecutor then opened an investigation into the case based on the same offences that Kelmendi has been accused of in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

8 Bulgarian Officers to Take Part in NATO Operation in Turkey

Bulgarian government has authorized the deployment of eight officers in a NATO operation for enhancing air defense of Turkey, the cabinet's press office announced, Wednesday.

The planned participation is on a rotation basis. It will be implemented in the period June 2014 - January 2015. Bulgarian troops will be part of NATO's 2nd communications battalion.

Turkey Busts Illegal Immigrants Trafficking Ring

Police in Istanbul and Edirne have dismantled a crime group which engaged in illegal trafficking of immigrants from Middle East countries to Bulgaria and Greece.

The 12-strong crime group was uncovered as a result of several months of tracking by special police units, according to reports of

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.