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Analysis: Erdoğan not really leaving active politics

Some called Aug. 27’s extraordinary convention of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a farewell congress to President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who left the party chairmanship to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Bulgaria OKs Disaster Risk Management Peer Reviews by EU Countries

Bulgaria's caretaker government has decided to allow experts from the European Commission to examine its capacity to manage disaster risks.

The peer reviews may be conducted on the basis of a decision of the EU concerning the Union's Civil Protection Mechanism, which envisages the creation of a common framework for disaster risk prevention.

More than 90 international leaders to attend Erdoğan’s inauguration ceremony

More than 90 international leaders and politicians are expected to attend Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential handover ceremony.  

At least 15 countries will be represented at the highest level at the event, however, the United States will send its Ankara Embassy’s chargé d’affairs, a rather low level participant compared to other countries.


*President Traian Basescu sent a message to his Moldovan counterpart Nicolae Timofti on the Republic of Moldova Independence Day on Wednesday, stating that Moldovans' European aspirations, prosperity and true friendship will be his soul project.

Turkey guest of honor at Beijing Book Fair

The 21st Beijing International Book Fair opened today at an event attended by Turkish Culture and Tourism Deputy Minister Abdurrahman Arıcı. Turkey is the guest of honor this year at the fair. Arıcı said Turkey will be represented in three different pavilions, covering an area of 932 square meters.

Lavrov says Russia 'not interested in breaking up' Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday that Moscow was not interested in breaking up Ukraine despite respecting declarations of independence by the two main eastern regions.

Serbia's Richest Man Offers to Run State Company

Miodrag Kostic, the richest man in Serbia, whose companies mainly focus on agricultural production and trade, has said he is ready to take up a leadership role in one of Serbia's loss-making public companies - but did not said which one.

Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline inaugurated with Romanian, Moldovan Prime Minister and EU Energy Commissioner attending

AGERPRES special correspondent Daniel Florea reports: Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, his Moldovan counterpart Iurie Leanca and European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger this Wednesday lit in the town of Zagarancea - Ungheni rayon, the inaugural torch on the Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline, with the two states' official delegations and locals attending the ceremony.

TIR Truck Driver Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Iran Returned to Bulgaria

Zhivko Rusev, a Bulgarian national sentenced to life imprisonment in Iran for drug trafficking, has been returned to Bulgaria.

Zhivko Stefanov Rusev, who had been serving a life imprisonment sentence in the Evin Prison in Teheran, was transferred from Iran to Bulgaria on the night of August 26, according to reports of Sega daily.

Vucic arrives in Berlin, meets Mueller

BERLIN - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic arrived in Berlin on Wednesday and met with Germany's Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller.

This is a key address and the meeting with Mueller was extremely important for Serbia, Vucic told reporters after the meeting.

Executions a 'common spectacle' in jihadist-held Syria: UN

Public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion are a regular fixture in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a UN probe charged Wednesday, also accusing Damascus of repeatedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

Serbia will not close diplomatic offices in crisis zones

BELGRADE - Serbia will not close its diplomatic and consular offices in crisis areas for as long as there are conditions to provide consular protection for Serbian citizens, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry released that Serbian diplomats did not abandon Syria, Iraq and Libya despite the risks they are facing.