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President Erdoğan meets nationalist party leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 17 met with the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at the presidential palace.

Erdoğan was expected to inform the MHP leader about the recent military operations into northern Iraq, Operation Claw-Tiger and Operation Claw-Eagle, along with recent developments in Libya.

BIRN Fact-check: Has Serbia’s Ruling Party Kept Its Promises?

The current government in Serbia began its mandate in 2016 with Aleksandar Vucic as prime minister.

A year later, Vucic quit to become Serbian president, while Ana Brnabic took over the baton, becoming Serbia's first female and openly gay prime minister.

After taking office, in their speeches to parliament, the two of them made a total of 99 pledges.

SYRIZA set to rebrand itself as ‘progressive alliance’

Leftist SYRIZA opposition is expected to change its name to SYRIZA Progressive Alliance as part of the party's efforts to diversify its political staff and expand its electoral catchment.
In a meeting of the party's political secretariat on Tuesday, it was decided that leader Alexis Tsipras will put forward the new name at the next political council.

India says 20 troops killed in fight with China

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed during "hand-to-hand' fighting with Chinese troops in a disputed Himalayan region, India's military said, the first deadly clash between the nuclear powers in decades.

Both sides blamed the other for June 15's violence, which followed weeks of rising tensions over their competing territorial claims, with thousands of extra troops deployed.

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