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Assailants attack Ministry of Justice, AK Party, using bombs, LAW rocket

Police established a security cordone at the site of the blast in front of the Ministry of Justice.

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Anarchist group posts manifesto online to explain motives of attack and issue threats

A militant anarchist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a courier service in Pagrati last Sunday (17.03.2013). The group calling itself “Alovitos Pirinias Ekdikisis” (Unscathed Revenge Cell) targeted the courier company due an employees involvement in the apprehension of Conspiracy of Fire Cells (SPF) members.

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Kosovo’s Spy Agency Put on Crime Beat

The government’s crime-prevention strategy has widened the remit of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency to include crimes ranging from murder to juvenile delinquency.

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Kosovo Calls for Peace Treaty with Serbia

The Kosovo authorities said a peace treaty would ease the process of reconciliation but would also ensure that Serbia pays compensation for the late 1990s war.

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US Missile Shield Changes Worry Romania

The Obama administration's announcement on Friday that it is abandoning the last phase of its European missile defence plan is causing concern in US ally Romania.

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Greek's Radical Left: The Dangers of the Disaffected and the Unemployed

Stratfor
By Scott Stewart
Vice President of Analysis

In last week's Geopolitical Weekly, George Friedman discussed how the global financial crisis has caused a global unemployment crisis and how Europe has become the epicenter of that crisis. He also noted that rampant unemployment will give way to a political crisis as austerity measures galvanize radical political parties opposed to the status quo.

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US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT

STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD

March 12, 2013

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

 James R. Clapper

Director of National Intelligence

 Turkey

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President Gül calls for disarmament as PKK frees kidnapped officials

Eight Turkish public officials who had been kidnapped by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were handed over on Wednesday (13.03.2013) to a Turkish delegation and reunited with their families.

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Greece accuses Turkey of violating international law in Aegean row

Greece has accused Turkey of violating international law in a row over contested waters in the Aegean and the east Mediterranean, stepping up its criticism amid growing tensions over the decades-old dispute between the two neighbors.
Turkey and Greece have been locked in a dispute for decades over territorial rights in the Aegean and the east Mediterranean. Despite a major political rapprochement since the late 1990s and growing cooperation, tension over the disputed waters has been brewing lately as economic crisis-hit Greece hopes to find oil and gas reserves in the east Mediterranean. Turkey also wants to conduct exploration in the disputed region and says the state-owned oil company TPAO is legally authorized to do so.

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PM Fuels Serbian Confusion Over Kosovo

Serbia's Prime Minister has added to the air of confusion over government policy towards Kosovo with media issuing his contradictory-sounding statement.

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Промени в командния състав на гръцката армия

По решение на Правителствения съвет за външна политика и отбрана, на заседание,  председателствано от премиера А. Самарас (06.03.2013) са извършени редица промени в командния състав на въоръжените сили на страната.

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Turkey, Pakistan boost military ties

Security analysts and politicians say Turkey and Pakistan have strong military co-operation and many areas of mutual interest.

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Turkey and the Kurds: the era of mass hypnosis is overThere are no taboos left on the Kurdish issue and Recep Tayyip Erdogan knows the geopolitical importance of resolving it

Since the start of this year, the Justice and Development party (AKP) has emerged from what looked like an impasse over Turkey's three-decade-long Kurdish conflict. The pace of change has been intense.

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Turkey invests in aviation technologies to boost defense industry

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, donning a flight jacket, gives a thumbs-up from the cockpit of Turkey's first domestically produced training jet, the Primary and Basic Trainer Aircraft HÜRKUŞ.

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Processus de règlement de la question kurde : les principaux protagonistes affichent leur détermination

Lorsqu’une initiative politique est encore fragile, rien de tel que d’afficher sa détermination et sa conviction pour lui donner corps. C’est ce à quoi s’emploient actuellement l’AKP et le BDP qui sont les principaux protagonistes d’un règlement de la question kurde qu’ils s’accordent désormais à appeler «processus de paix». Après la publication surprise, la semaine dernière, par le quotidien Milliyet d’extraits de l’entretien qu’ont eu, avec Abdullah Öcalan, 3 députés du BDP, le 23 février 2013, tendant à accréditer l’idée d’une sorte marchandage entre le leader du PKK et le gouvernement pour parvenir à une fin des combats (cf. notre édition du 2 mars 2013), les responsables politiques des deux bords n’ont cessé d’affirmer, au cours du week-end, que cette nouvelle péripétie n’affecterait en rien le processus en cours.

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