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Erdogan Mulls Blocking YouTube, Facebook amid New Recording Leaks

Turkey could block access to social media such as YouTube and Facebook, its Prime Minister announced on Thursday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan added the measure could be approved and enacted after local elections, which will be held on March 30, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News reported, citing a live interview aired on TV channel ATV.

Turkish PM promises to ban Facebook and YouTube

Turkish PM promises to ban Facebook and YouTube

ANKARA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would ban the use of Facebook and YouTube in Turkey after the March 30 elections in that country.

"There are new measures that will be taken after March 30, including a ban on Facebook and YouTube," Erdogan told private Turkish television ATV.

Transit permits expected to help Turkey and Bulgaria

Transit permits expected to help Turkey and Bulgaria

A new liberalised transit permit regime between Bulgaria and Turkey should help businesses and develop the economy in both countries, officials and business owners say.

New liberalised traffic rules between Bulgaria and Turkey are expected to take effect in April. [Gabriel Petrescu/SETimes]

US Warship Given Passage through Turkish Black Sea Straits

A US warship was allowed on Wednesday to pass through the Turkey-controlled Black Sea straits.

The ship, which enters the Black Sea amid escalating tensions on the Crimean Peninsula, is expected to travel through the straits within the next few days, as Turkish newspaper Zaman has reported.

Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness

Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness

Memories of friendship and solidarity were forged among athletes from the Balkans and Turkey during the 2014 Sochi Games.

The region's Olympians, like alpine skier Igor Laikert of BiH, returned home from Sochi this week with many memories. [AFP]

Serbian, Turkish exhibitors at textile trade fair

NOVI PAZAR - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic opened on Thursday a textile fair in Novi Pazar, with 36 exhibitors from Turkey and Serbia.

Belgrade wins Tourism Oscar as best place for tourism in SEE

BELGRADE - Belgrade has been proclaimed the best tourist place in South Eastern Europe (SEE) in a tourism action to pick the best in SEE tourism in 2013 carried out by Sacen International, an international center for tourism and hospitality development based in Serbia.

National Theater to perform in Turkey

BELGRADE - Belgrade's National Theater will participate in the first International Balkan Countries' Theater Festival to be held in the Turkish city of Bursa on March 8-22, with their production of William Shakespeare's Henry VI, National Theater released on Thursday.

Besides the host country, the festival will gather theaters from Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Romania.

Hamam Balkania published by Istros Books

BELGRADE - Hamam Balkania by Vladislav Bajac translated into English by Randall Major has been published by London-based Istros Books, the Belgrade-based publishing house Arhipelag stated on Wednesday.

Istros Books is a UK publishing house dedicated to literature from south-eastern Europe.

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Quarterly economic growth registers at 1.7 percent in Romania, Eurostat says. In other business news: Turkey ranks third in a list of the world's friendliest destinations for Muslim travellers; Albania encourages Italian investment.

The GDP in Romania grew by 5.1 percent this year. [AFP]

Tabakovic: Dinar, inflation and banking system are stable

BELGRADE - The banking system in Serbia is stable and the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) will do everything to keep the dinar and inflation stable as well, NBS Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said on Thursday.