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U.S. company KBR confirms being awarded contract to build missile defence system facilities at Deveselu, Romania

U.S. company Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) confirmed it has been awarded a $134 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District to construct the facilities necessary to support Europe's first land-based ballistic missile defence system at Romania's Deveselu Air Base, Business Wire reports.

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Turkey vows to retaliate against any Syrian threats after PYD capture

Turkey's foreign minister has warned against “threats” from the Syrian border as a Syrian Kurdish party with links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) seized the control of a Syrian town on the Turkish border following days of clashes with fighters affiliated with the al-Nusra Front.

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Turkey should be alarmed by PYD's declaration, experts say

Ankara should be alarmed by a declaration from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a political offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Syria, announcing that it will declare its autonomy in Syria's northern region, experts say, as this development at Turkey's southern border may pose a huge security problem.

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Demirtaş warns of war if no further steps taken in settlement process

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Chairman Selahattin Demirtaş has warned of war if the Turkish government doesn't fulfill its duties in the settlement process launched last year to solve the country's decades-long Kurdish question.

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Minister Predicts Kosovo Army by Year's End

Kosovo's Security Minister said he was confident that the country's security force will be turned into an regular army this year.

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Mines Kill Over 500 in Croatia Since 1991

The Croatian Mine Action Centre, HCR, said that 509 people have been killed by mines since 1991 - 205 of them de-miners who were attempting to clear explosives.

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Turkey denies Israel used Turkish base to target Syria

Turkish foreign minister has dismissed reports that Israel used airbase in Turkey to carry out airstrikes that destroyed Russian arms in Syria’s Mediterranean port city of Latakia.

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PKK restructures itself, shows no signs of disarming


As the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) reshuffles its higher echelons while establishing new bodies within itself, experts claim that the organization is restructuring itself in an effort to adapt to the settlement process, which aims to end the decades-long armed conflict between the state and the PKK, but has no intention of disarming no matter what.
The PKK's larger network, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), replaced Murat Karayılan, a senior commander who had served in the KCK for two consecutive terms, with Cemil Bayık, who is thought to be more radical. Following Karayılan's appointment to a body called the People's Defense Forces (HPG), an armed wing of the PKK, the jailed leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan was elected chairman of the KCK. Prior to the latest PKK congress, Öcalan was considered the honorary president of the KCK.

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Ankara not to implement readmission deal if visa deal not granted by EU

Ankara is not willing to implement a readmission deal it is expected to sign with the European Union if a visa-free travel deal, which would allow Turks to travel freely to Europe, is not granted by the EU.

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Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean will be paying a visit to Moscow on July 8-10 for official talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The goal of Corlatean's Moscow visit is to make a progress assessment, together with the Russian side, of the phase and prospects facing the dialogue and cooperation in various areas between Romania and the Russian Federation, stocktaking of the regional and international cooperation areas and discussing the possibilities for their extension, the Romanian foreign ministry said.

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Croatia President Ivo Josipovic paid his first official visit to Bosnia

Croatia's President, Ivo Josipovic, paid his first visit to Sarajevo on July 8.2013, a week after his country joined the European Union.

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Six Wounded in Serbia-Kosovo Border Shootout

Six people have been injured in an exchange of gunfire between Serbian police and armed ethnic Albanian timber thieves on the Serbia-Kosovo border.

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Macedonia Floats Fresh Name Dispute Initiative

Macedonia’s prime minister is requesting a meeting with his Greek counterpart aimed at speeding up talks to overcome the longstanding dispute over the country’s name.

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Albania PM Retracts Kosovo Citizenship Offer

Prime Minister Sali Berisha declared that a decision to offer citizenship to ethnic Albanians living abroad will not extend to Kosovo’s citizens, despite a promise he made last year.

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