Retired ambassador Nazmi Akıman passes away

Retired Turkish ambassador Nazmi Vildan Akiman passed away on July 1. Born in 1929 in Ankara, Akıman graduated from Şişli Terakki High School, Istanbul University Faculty of Law and Columbia University Faculty of Political Sciences.

He represented Türkiye as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry between 1957 - 1991. He served as Türkiye's ambassador to Cuba, Greece and Spain.

Commission VP Schinas reacts strongly to “Turkaegean” trademark

Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas was livid over the decision of the European Intellectual Property Office to register the "turkaegean" trademark, something that in Athens provoked an official inquiry ordered by a furious Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

With Police Connections, Serbian-Syrian Translator Turned People-Smuggler

Alen Basil in 2012. Photo: Facebook

When BIRN called Basil to ask about the claims that he is involved in the people-smuggling business, he denied the accusations.

"I am a court translator, I work with the court and of course I am mentioned [n that context], because I am there with the prosecutor and with the court," he said.

Serbian Defence Minister Denies Plotting Against Vucic

Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Tuesday denied having committed "any criminal act and especially I am not someone who is a conspirator against President [Aleksandar] Vucic" after a former colleague accused him of gaining access to transcripts of covertly recorded phone calls involving Vucic.

Defense Minister: Bulgaria Needs a whole Squadron of F-16s

"If there is no parliament, the project for the F-16 Block 70 will be restarted, it will not be clear at all what the price will be and it is unclear when the second 8 fighters will come at all. In the first quarter of 2025, we expect the first already paid planes".

This was stated to bTV this morning by the Minister of Defense Dragomir Zakov.

Ukrainian IT Companies want to move their Business to Bulgaria

"We already have a registered interest from Ukrainian companies that aim to relocate their businesses to Bulgaria," Bogdan Bogdanov, director of the Bulgarian Investment Agency (BIA), told BNR.

Today he is participating in a joint webinar with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mateja Gomboc wins Desetnica Prize for best young adult novel

Ljubljana – Author Mateja Gomboc has been awarded the Desetnica Prize for best children’s or young adult novel by the Slovenian Writers’ Association (DSP) for her novel Balada o Drevesu (The Ballad about a Tree) that the jury found to be a moving story about love and loss.