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Albania Opposition Signs Lobby Firm Before US Visit

Albania's opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha travels on Monday to the US with key aides for meetings with members of Congress and US officials to discuss democracy and the rule of law in Albania.

However, BIRN has learned that on the eve of the visit the Democratic Party signed a contract with the lobbying firm Podesta Group to secure access to Washington's top echelons.

Turkey: 'New Protest Held' against Zaman Takeover

Several people have been injured in a second day protests in front of the headquarters of Zaman media group which was taken over by the Turkish government on Friday, some local media report.

State trustees were appointed in compliance with a court ruling to head the country's biggest newspaper in compliance with a court ruling, triggering a public backlash.

US: We don’t recognize the Turkish occupation in Cyprus (vid)

US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner stated that the US does not recognize the Turkish invasion of Cyprus during a press briefing.

The issue was raised when journalist Michail Ignatiou asked Mr. Toner to comment on a reception of the US Embassy in Cyprus which was held in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus and attended by Turkish soldiers in uniform.

US removes November 17 from list of foreign terrorist groups

The United States removed November 17 from the list of foreign terrorist groups, according to a statement of the US Treasury.

US State Secretary John Kerry revoked the characterization of the organization November 17 as terrorist, according to the official newspaper of the federal government (Federal Register).

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