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Pakistan, Turkey mull joint TV series: Turk Lala

Pakistan and Turkey are considering working on a joint project to produce a TV series, according to an official statement issued by Pakistani premier's office.

Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed the proposal with Turkish director Kemal Tekden and his team, who met with Khan at his office in Islamabad.

Bill extending territorial waters is tabled

A bill that extends Greece's territorial waters to 12 miles from the current 6 on the western part of the country only has been tabled in Parliament.

The parliamentary committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense will begin debate on the bill on Tuesday, January 12; a second reading will take place on Jan. 15 and the plenary session will take up the bill on Jan. 19.

Competition authority approves share transfer of Hyundai Assan

The Turkish competition authority has approved the sale of 30 percent shares of Hyundai Assan from Turkey's Kibar Holding to Hyundai Motor.

The South Korean automotive giant, the world's fifth-biggest auto group, was already holding 70 percent of stocks in the Turkish automotive company.

Turkey exports flowers to 83 countries in 2020

Turkey exported $107 million worth of flowers to 83 countries in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Union, which embodies the export of cut flowers, indoor and outdoor plants, flower bulbs, and wreaths, the number of branches of flowers sold abroad reached 505 million in 2020, most of them carnations.

Incidents in US ‘disgrace’ to history of democracy: Turkish president

A mob of supporters of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump swarming the U.S.Congress is a "disgrace to the history of democracy," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan.8.

"This process in the U.S, which was described as the cradle of democracy, really shocked all of humanity," Erdoğan told reporters, noting that the case the U.S. is faced with has not happened in its history.

Greece looking to the US with concern and hope

While eagerly awaiting the post-Trump era of US politics, Greek leaders condemned Wednesday's storming of Capitol Hill in Washington by supporters of the outgoing Donald Trump. 

Turkey issues new Navtexes for northern, eastern Aegean

Turkey issued new navigational telexes reserving parts of the northern and eastern Aegean for military exercises over the next couple of weeks, in a move seen as restoking tension between Athens and Ankara following a brief lull.

Albanian PM in Athens with maritime zones on agenda

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will hold informal meetings Friday with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias during a private visit to Athens against the backdrop of the agreement between the two countries for recourse to the International Court of Justice in the Hague for the delimitation of their maritime zones.

Turkish FM sees talks with Greek counterpart in ‘coming weeks’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said that he expects to meet with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, in "the coming weeks," while indicating efforts to restart to exploratory talks between the two countries.

Court approves indictment into 2014 Kobane incidents

A Turkish penal court on Jan. 7 approved indictments for 108 defendants on Jan. 7, including former co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, as part of a probe into the deadly 2014 Kobane incidents across the nation.

One remanded over Dink murder case of 2007

Turkish security authorities on Jan. 7 remanded Veysal Şahin, a former intelligence officer, following a court ruling related to the killing of a prominent Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink.

Turkey ratifies int'l agreements with seven countries

The Turkish government has ratified several separate international agreements with seven countries in areas of sports, health, and air transportation, according to Official Gazette on Jan. 7. 

A cooperation agreement between Turkey and Montenegro in the area of youth and sports was signed on Oct 4, 2019, and ratified on Thursday at the Turkish Official Gazette.