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Bulgaria Best Balkan Country to Invest in, Foreign Policy Magazine

Bulgaria ranks 28th in the Foreign Policy Magazine's "Baseline Profitability Index", measuring countries' attractiveness for foreign investors.

Among the countries of the Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria is the highest ranked. Right behind, in 29th place, is ranked Macedonia. Romania is 43rd, Albania 53rd, Serbia 55th, Slovenia 74th, Turkey 79th, Croatia 90th, and Greece 101st.

Greenpeace stages protest at nuclear summit in Istanbul, nine detained

Nine activists have been detained in a protest staged by Greenpeace Mediterranean against the Nuclear Plants Summit in Istanbul on May 30.

The activists had hung a 28 square-meter poster carrying the words “Nuclear disaster starts here” on the outside wall of the hotel in Şişli where the summit was held, and greeted attendees with the same poster at the building’s entrance.

US Ambassador Ricciardone says Gülen-gov’t rift ‘a family matter’

The rift between Turkey’s government and the movement of Fethullah Gülen is a “family matter,” U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone has said, responding to questions as to whether Washington was considering deporting the U.S.-based Islamic scholar after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appeal.

Aviolet charter airline established at Belgrade airport

BELGRADE - Avoilet, a new charter airline from Serbia, which is owned by Air Serbia, has been opened at the Nikola Tesla airport in Belgrade.

The flights will cover Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey during this year's summer season, Air Serbia said on Friday.

Aviolet will use Boeing B737-300, which have a spacious economy class with 144 seats.

Turkish official’s Ottoman-style circumcision triggers public outcry

A deputy governor in the western Turkish province of Bursa recently organized an Ottoman-style circumcision ceremony for his son near the tomb of a sultan, drawing public criticism and prompting officials to announce his retirement on May 30.

Erkin, Erdinç score in Turkey's 2-0 win against Honduras in friendly

Mevlüt Erdinç and Caner Erkin scored in the second half as Turkey beat World Cup-bound Honduras 2-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

Erdinç opened the scoring in the 70th minute with a shot from in front and was involved again in the 83rd when he passed to Erkin, who drove a shot into the back of the net.

Turkey’s top soldier warns against social media as gov’t to purchase software against illegal shares

Social media has become a factor threatening countries in the new world order, Turkey’s chief of staff, Gen. Necdet Özel, said May 29 at a military drill in İzmir.

“Different threats have occurred in the new world order. Countries are being subjected to colorful changes and seasonal revolutions formed by information technology and social media, Özel said.

In Turkey, anomaly is the new normal

Not just because this is the land of young men who apologize when they are (physically) slapped by their prime minister, or are insulted by him.

Just last week an Islamist newspaper’s front-page headline explained in big, bold letters why the mining disaster in the town of the slap-fetish happened: The boss’ son-in-law is Jewish!

Is the climate changing?

The separate meetings with Turkish and Greek Cypriot negotiators held by French Foreign Ministry executives in Paris created some nerve on the Greek Cypriot side. In the very near future, negotiators Kudret Özersay and Andreas Mavroyannis will travel to London, for talks at the foreign office there…

Laser scanners, sensors to protect key Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline

The Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) that will carry Azeri gas to Turkey will be shielded and monitored with high-technology lasers, sensors and cameras against potential threats he Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a $12 billion investment that is projected to carry Azerbaijani gas to western Turkey, will be constantly monitored and protected via high-tech methods, accor

Allowance for GDO-contaminated food sparks safety concerns

The Turkish Agriculture Ministry has permitted the production and sale of foods that have genetically-modified organism (GMO) contaminants with a regulation that triggered reactions from specialists, who dubbed the move as illegal and dangerous.

Allowance for GMO-contaminated food sparks safety concerns

The Turkish Agriculture Ministry has permitted the production and sale of foods that have genetically-modified organism (GMO) contaminants with a regulation that triggered reactions from specialists, who dubbed the move as illegal and dangerous.

Kidnapping children

Well, indeed, thank God there has been no bloodshed. However, the issue is growing; the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has mentioned a “come back.”

Migrants detained off the coast of Lemnos

Coast guard officers intercepted 36 undocumented immigrants on Thursday off the coast of Lemnos in the eastern Aegean.

The officers seized the rubber dinghy in which the migrants had traveled to the island from neighboring Turkey and detained them.

Their ethnic origins remained unclear.

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