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‘Blue Homeland’ doctrine to be taught at Turkish schools

The "Blue Homeland" doctrine which envisages Turkish influence over large swaths of the Mediterranean and other seas at the expense of other countries in the region, including Greece, will be taught during the next school year, local media revealed.

Iraqi troops redeployed to Turkish border after decades

Iraqi border security forces have begun duty in the country's Zakho region as Baghdad established two new military bases in the area threatened by the PKK for the first time in 33 years.

Türkiye to continue to stand by Palestinians: Fidan

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has reiterated Türkiye's steadfast commitment to standing by the Palestinians amidst relentless Israeli strikes on the war-torn Gaza Strip.

Ankara will continue to exert all its efforts to ensure those responsible for the deaths of over 34,000 civilians in Gaza are brought to justice, Fidan said in a social media post late on April 29.

Direct Low-Cost Flights Connect Istanbul and Sofia

In a significant stride towards enhancing connectivity between Turkey and Bulgaria, the launch of direct flights between Istanbul and Sofia marks a milestone in air travel. The initiative, spearheaded by the low-cost airline "Pegasus," is set to commence operations from May 1, 2024, promising convenient and affordable travel options for passengers.

Erdogan needs a reset with the US but Congress could stand in the way

Turkey is attempting the impossible by trying to reestablish a productive relationship with the US while declaring his unreserved support for Hamas, and Congress may be gearing up to push back. After suffering his greatest electoral defeat on March 31, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to rebuild his image with Turkish voters. His first move instituting trade restrictions on Israel.

Greece finds 10 more migrants after 25 rescued off Greek island

Greek rescuers found 10 migrants on a rocky area of the island of Samos overnight after recovering the body of one migrant and rescuing 25 whose boat had sunk, the coastguard said on Monday.

A search and rescue operation was under way, while authorities have launched an investigation into the case, the coastguard said in a statement.

US Secretary of State meets Turkish FM in Riyadh

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Monday in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Fidan and Blinken met on the margins of the meeting of the Contact Group on Gaza, the ministry posted on social media platform X.

Our neighborhood just got unpredictable again

This part of the world has always been full of surprises. The most recent came on Friday afternoon when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the United States and Israel, and said he was calling off a planned visit to Washington.

Campaigning for Euro elections and Turkey talks dominate agenda ahead of Easter break

Political leaders continue touring the country ahead of the upcoming European elections on June 9, despite an expected slowdown this week due to the Easter holidays.

Two opinion polls released over the weekend suggest that the ruling New Democracy party is on track to achieve the 33% support target set by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.


Startups eager to make most of Tech Visas

"Finally," say several startup founders commenting on the arrival of the Tech Visa.

This is a new one-year national entry visa that allows highly skilled non-EU talent to work in the country's more than 800 startups on the national register of Elevate Greece, with headquarters or a branch in Greece.

One migrant dies, 25 rescued off Greek island

Greece has recovered the body of one migrant and rescued 25, while searching for at least four more believed missing after their boat sank off the island of Samos, the coastguard said on Sunday.

The rescued migrants were taken to a port facility on Samos, while a search and rescue operation for the missing was ongoing, a coastguard official said on condition of anonymity.