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Number of Syrians in Turkey exceed 3.6 million: Minister

The number of Syrian migrants in Turkey has surpassed 3.6 million, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said, while adding that more than 350,000 people have returned to their war-hit country following Turkey's cross-border security operations.

Greece Banned Smoking in front of Children

Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias has banned smoking in all public places where there are children. An anti-drug campaign is also starting in Bulgaria's neighbour. Fines of up to 10,000 euro will be imposed on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to minors, BNR reported.

On Independence Day: BDZ Launches Retro Train

BDZ organizes a holiday attraction trip for all its customers with a steam locomotive on the occasion of the Independence Day of Bulgaria on the Sofia-Cherepish-Sofia route, the railways reported.

Former minister implicated in Novartis case slams ‘political persecution’

Former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos hit back on Thursday over allegations that he attempted to influence an ongoing inquiry into the alleged bribery scandal involving Swiss drugs manufacturer Novartis to incriminate political rivals.

Toothache Medicine Dyed American Woman's Blood in Blue

The blood of a 25-year-old New York resident turned blue after using a toothache medication, according to BGNES.

The woman bought a painkiller containing benzocaine from a local pharmacy. In an effort to quench the pain, she drank the entire pack before she went to bed. On the next morning, she felt tired and sought medical attention.

Opposition reacts to positive notice of COREPER for Kovesi's candidacy for European head prosecutor

Laura Codruta Kovesi convinced through 'proven integrity and competence' in leading the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Public Ministry, said on Thursday Dacian Ciolos, leader of the Renew Group in the European Parliament, after the former head of the DNA was given a positive notice in the Council from the ambassadors of the EU member states for the position of European head p

Commission approves Greek plan to protect primary residence

The European Commission said on Thursday it has accepted Greece's plan to protect the primary residencies of debtors who cannot repay their mortgage loan.

"The Commission concluded that, with respect to individuals, including those performing an economic activity, the measure does not involve any state aid," it said in a press release.

EU Council Backs Romania’s Kovesi for Chief Prosecutor Job

The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the EU, COREPER, has voted in favour of Laura Codruta Kovesi as its preferred candidate for the new position of Chief EU Prosecutor, clearing the path for the European Parliament to confirm Romania's former chief anti-graft prosecutor in the post. The parliament has repeatedly expressed support for her.

İzmir hosting Picasso exhibition

As part of the "Picasso-Méditerranee" project, İzmir's Arkas Art Center is hosting works by one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso.

Serbia Convicts ‘Red Berets’ Fighter of Wartime Rape

Belgrade Higher Court on Thursday convicted Nikola Vida Lujic, a former member of the Special Operations Unit, an elite Serbian special forces unit also known as the Red Berets, of raping a Bosnian women in Brcko on June 20, 1992, and sentenced him to eight years in prison.

Mothers' sit-in protest against PKK growing

On Sept. 19, another family joined a sit-in protest in southeastern Turkey outside the provincial office of a Turkish opposition party accused by the government of having links to the PKK terror group.         

Blood, money, Golden Dawn

Wednesday was the sixth anniversary of the murder of Greek musician and rapper Pavlos Fyssas by Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias in Keratsini, a western suburb of Piraeus.

Its trial as a criminal organization is entering the final phase despite the systematic foot-dragging of its cadres, who did not hesitate to insult the memory of the murder victim even during court proceedings.

A Spanish Air Force Plane Crashed into the Sea

A Spanish Air Force plane has crashed at the sea in the Mar Menor Lagoon near the city of Murcia. The machine belongs to the General Aviation Academy and a training pilot and instructor were on board.

The local emergency service reported that it had a dozen phone calls about the incident.