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Greek stocks rise for seventh day, but only just

The Athens stock exchange general index rose – but by the tiniest of margins – for a seventh straight day on Wednesday as it hit 1,177.49 points, an increase of 0.01 percent.

The benchmark fluctuated within a 16-point range during Wednesday’s session and even edged up to 1,184.36 at one stage.

Turnover reached 93.25 million euros.

Prolific swindler netted by Thessaloniki police

A 44-year-old fugitive believed to have defrauded at least 22 elderly Thessaloniki residents out of more than 67,000 euros has been arrested, police in the northern port said on Wednesday.

According to police, the suspect has 25 convictions against him, carrying a total of 37 years in jail time.

Ranieri brings in new faces for his first Greece squad

New Greece coach Claudio Ranieri announced Wednesday a 24-man squad for the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania at home on September 7.

Earning a first time call up were Olympiakos 21-year-old striker Dimitris Diamantakos and Levante's 29-year-old defender Nikos Karabelas.

Ranieri left out six players who helped Greece make it to the World Cup last 16.

Nearly 2,000 Europe-bound migrants have drowned this year, UN says

By Robert Evans

Nearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Bulgaria's Caretaker Transport Minister Approves 3 New Appointments

Caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova has made three replacements at the Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River (EAEMDR), the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company and the State Enterprise "Air Traffic Services Authority" (BULATSA).

Cotric: Demarche should be sent to Hungary

BELGRADE - Head of the Serbian parliamentary committee on the diaspora and Serbs in the region Aleksandar Cotric said Wednesday that he expects Serbian government to send a demarche to the government of Hungary over the incident in which unidentified persons removed, for the third time, the Serbian and EU flags from a building in Budapest which hosts the offices of several Serb minority institu

SNS: Serbia pays EUR 430 million penalties over DS policy

BELGRADE - The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) released on Wednesday that in the last year alone, Serbia had to pay more than EUR 430 million worth of penalties over the 'mistakes and incompetence' which the Democratic Party (DS) demonstrated in the final six years of its mandate.

Davutoglu Elected Leader of Turkey's Ruling AK Party

Ahmet Davutoglu was elected Chairman of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Wednesday

Outgoing Foreign Minister Davutoglu, who was the only candidate to replace President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was elected with the votes of 1382 delegates at an AKP congress in Ankara, the remaining six votes being invalid, according to reports of Today's Zaman.

The most unusual word of the day: Epistemological

There is nothing to be surprised about with the word “epistemological,” but you don’t usually hear it from the mouth of a Turkish politician.

Dacic to attend Conference on Western Balkans on Thursday

BELGRADE - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will attend the Conference on the Western Balkans due to take place in Berlin on Thursday at the initiative of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Wednesday.

Serbia,RS: Cooperation in fight against extremism, terrorism

BELGRADE - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met Wednesday with Radislav Jovicic, his counterpart in Republika Srpska, the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to discuss strengthening cooperation in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

Davutoğlu takes helm, pledges unity, harmony with presidency

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the only candidate to become the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) chairman, and therefore the prime minister, has pledged to work “in harmony” with President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and promised “unity” within the party.

Ancient throne discovered in excavations at Euromos

Excavation works in the ancient city of Euromos, located near the city of Milas in the western province of Muğla, have revealed the remains of a 2,300 year-old throne.

The ancient city of Euromos is home to some of the most well preserved temples in Anatolia. This year excavation works have been headed by Associate Professor Abuzer Kızıl.