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Six Killed in a Gunfire in Germany

Six people were killed in a shooting in the German city of Rot am See, Baden-Württemberg.

The suspect opened fire in a cafe, TASS and BGNES reported.

Police said the alleged offender was detained.

Cops and rescuers are on site.

According to preliminary data from the police, the conflict that led to the incident occurred for domestic reasons.

52% of Bulgarian Teens Have Been Exposed to Extreme Online Content

52% of Bulgarian teenagers aged 14-19 have been exposed to extreme content online, according to a nationally representative survey, part of a national "Find another way" campaign aimed at promoting critical thinking and civic engagement among young people. About 30% of them came across such content by accident, the survey shows.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

Swiss skiier Joana Haehlen during the the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup women's downhill race in the Bulgarian town of Bansko on January 24, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/Vassil Donev.

Serbia's Antonina Dubinina mid-competition during the women's short program of the ISU European Figure Skating ​Championships in Graz, Austria, on January 24, 2020. EPA-EFE/Tatyana Zenkovich.

Putin calls for summit of key UN Security Council members

Russia's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to hold such a meeting.
Peskov recalled that the head of state suggested that such a meeting could take place "in any place in the world".

Turkey's Supreme Election Council elects new head

Muharrem Akkaya took over as president of Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK).

His predecessor Sadi Given retired after serving the YSK for seven years.

Akkaya received eight out of 11 votes of the board in a secret ballot.

He will serve his term until January 2023.

POST-REVOLUTION ROMANIA, 1990: "Desteapta-te, romane!", new National Anthem of Romania

The new National Anthem of Romania, "Desteapta-te Romane!" ("Awaken thee, Romanian!") was adopted on January 24, 1990, as soon as the Revolution of December 1989 ended, by a Decree-Law of the Council of the National Salvation Front (CFSN), shows the volume "Istoria Romaniei in date/The History of Romania in Dates" (Encyclopedic Publishing House, 2003).

Size of retail sector reaches $193 bln in 2019

The size of Turkey's retail sector reached 1.1 trillion Turkish Liras ($193 billion), according to a report by audit and consultancy firm KPMG Turkey.

The industry contracted in the first three quarters of 2019 by 5.3 percent, 3.9 percent and 1 percent, respectively last year.

The initial indicators suggest a recovery in 2020, the report added.

PM Orban: There are two greater piorities for Gov't: Unirii motorway and Sibiu-Pitesti motorway

The construction of the Iasi-Targu Mures and Sibiu-Pitesti motorways are two of the Government's greater priorities, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said in Iasi on Friday. Attending the events dedicated to the Unification of the Romanian Principalities, the head of the Executive showed that both motorways "are fundamental to ensure the connection between the historical provinces".

Croatia Minister Condemns Attack on Journalist Snapping His Home

Croatian Health Minister Milan Kujundzic on Friday condemned Thursday's attack on a journalist who was investigating his home in Ivanbegovina, his village in Dalmatia, near the town of Imotski.

"I condemn the incident and feel sorry that it happened," Kujundzic said. Asked whether he might resign, he said that he had not considered it.

Visits to the Clinical Center of Serbia banned

The decision was made due to high rate of respiratory infections in the population and an increased number of admissions to hospital of patients with symptoms of respiratory infections, RTS reported.

President Iohannis, in Iasi: Romanians and Romania need Unirii Motorway

President Klaus Iohannis, who participates on Friday in the events dedicated to the Unification of the Romanian Principalities in Iasi, conveyed to the governors that the Romanians and Romania need the Unirii (Union - ed.n.) Motorway, a 'project enshrined by law', which 'obliges 'the state to build a high-speed motorway over the Carpathians, thus uniting the historical provinces, the head of st

Gov't aims to plant 82 million saplings until November

Turkey's agriculture and forestry minister said 82 million saplings will be planted across the country until November this year.

"The rooting average of the saplings planted on Nov. 11, 2019 is 95 percent," Bekir Pakdemirli told Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk in the capital Ankara.