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Serbia elected to chair Danube Commission

BELGRADE - Serbia will chair the Danube Commission for the next three years, Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Thursday.

This is yet another confirmation of Serbia's changed international position and its reputation in the international community, the release states.

Nikolic talks with UAE ambassador about flood aid

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic talked in Belgrade on Thursday with the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Juma Rashid Saif Zayed Al Dhaheri, about the consequences of the recent severe floods and the UAE's aid worth EUR 1.3 million.

OFI Crete hires Gennaro Gattuso as its new manager

By George Georgakopoulos

OFI has secured the services of Italian manager Gennaro Gattuso for the next season in the Super League, the Cretan club announced on Thursday.

The former AC Milan, Rangers and Italy defender is making his first steps in his international coaching career and OFI has reached a deal to hire him for the 2014-15 season.

Rain falls in Ankara subway as heavy precipitation hits city

Ankara’s Batıkent subway station was flooded when heavy rain hit the city on June 5.

Photos immediately went viral, showing passengers trying to avoid the rain along with some of them using umbrellas underground.

Tuck: WB loan may approve USD 250 million in fall

BELGRADE – A World Bank (WB) loan of USD 250 million to support Serbia's budget resources could become available in September of this year, provided the Serbian government made every effort to tackle the problem of restructuring enterprises as soon as they can, Laura Tuck, WB’s vice president for Europe and Central Asia, has said.

Police detains ‘pink-shirted provocateur’

Istanbul police detained a man on June 5 after he was outed by social media users as “the pink-shirted provocateur” who participated in a fiery Kurdish protest minutes before attending a Turkish nationalist demonstration in the same neighborhood.

Thermal power plants produce half of Turkey’s wastewater

A fresh report by the state’s statistical institute TÜİK has revealed that some 52.3 percent of the wastewater discharged into nature in 2012 came from coal power plants, a leading energy source for energy-hungry Turkey, surpassing public water waste at 34 percent.

Serbia's economy heading for recession in July

BELGRADE - Recent floods will have a negative impact on the economic activities in the country, and Serbia is expected to move into recession early in July, while inflation will not remain within the target band due to expected increase in prices of foods and services, Sasa Djogovic, associate of the Belgrade Institute for Market Research (IZIT), stated on Thursday.

PM Erdoğan accuses Kurdish politicians of ‘hypocrisy’

There seems no end in sight to escalating tension between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and pro-Kurdish politicians, with both sides accusing each other of being hypocritical over the prospects of the stalled peace process.

Mission impossible? Murray targets Nadal Paris rule

Andy Murray will on Friday attempt to become the first British man in 77 years to reach the French Open final but eight-time champion Rafael Nadal is standing in his way.
Bunny Austin was the last Briton to get to the men's championship match in 1937 while Fred Perry was the country's last winner in Paris two years earlier.

Germany's Özil will bounce back at World Cup: coach Löw

Out-of-form Germany midfielder Mesut Özil will recover his form at the World Cup in Brazil this month despite recent lacklustre performances for club and country, Germany coach Joachim Löw said on June 5.

The 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder has enjoyed a rollercoaster season following a bright start after his big-money move from Real Madrid.