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Turkish military calls off war on headscarves, beards

 

 

 

Headscarves have long been a symbol of the power struggle in Turkey between secular elites labeled as the "center" and a conservative segment labeled as the "periphery.

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AUSA Global 2015: US effort to counter Russia in Europe expands south

 

 

 

The US Army has expanded its role in an operation meant to reassure European allies of American support and deter Russia from further moves into Eastern Europe.

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US To Help Albania Set up its Own FBI

 

 

 

After meeting US officials in Tirana, Albania’s Interior Minister announced that the FBI will help set up a similar Bureau in Albania to help counter organized crime and corruption.

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Kosovo Army Will Need NATO Approval to Act in North

 

 

 

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said Kosovo's future regular army would need to consult with NATO first about any actions in the Serb-majority north.

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Boom in Private Security Causes Concern in Montenegro

 

 

 

Interior Ministry report voices concern over growth of private security companies undertaking services once provided by the police - often without much supervision.

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Croatia President Backs Compulsory Military Service

 

 

 

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has lent backing to the idea of reintroducing compulsory military service, which some analysts see as potentially useful.

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Albania Police Chief Quits Over Extradition Fiasco

 

 

 

Albanian police chief Artan Didi quit on Tuesday after two officials from Tirana's Interpol office were detained, accused of hiding an extradition request from Belgium for MP Mark Frroku - who is wanted for murder.

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PM Ponta: Romania is willing to host any kind of capabilities decided within NATO

 

 

 

"All I can say now, the Defence Minister was also present, and the head of the Romanian Army General Staff, Mr Ciuca, too, is the fact that Romania is willing to get involved in hosting any kind of capabilities decided within NATO.

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Bulgaria PM, NATO’s Rasmussen among officials wiretapped in Macedonia, too

 

 

 

High ranking officials of NATO and the EU member states have been wiretapped during their official visits to Skopje.
Macedonia’s biggest oppositional party – the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), announced the information exclusively for FOCUS News Agency.

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Croatia displays new AFV fleets

 

 

 

The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March 2015.

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СМИ: Турция может рассмотреть российское предложение по системе ПРО

Высокопоставленный турецкий чиновник сообщил СМИ, что власти Турции могут пересмотреть российское предложение по системе ПРО, если его цена и уровень передачи технологий будут значительно улучшены.

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Italy and Albania Arrest Three ISIS Recruiters

 

 

 

Three suspects have been arrested in Italy and Albania, believed to be part of a terrorist cell that has recruited fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS.

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Romania Defends NATO Missile Defence Plans

 

 

 

Officials in Bucharest said that NATO missile interceptors planned to be installed at a military base in Romania are not a threat to Russia.

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Romania seeks to strengthen military capabilities

 

 

 

Romania seeks to strengthen its military capabilities in the face of the "danger" posed by the Russian operations in Ukraine, Premier Victor Ponta told foreign reporters accredited in Bucharest, AFP reports.

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Turkey's Kurdish Leader Ocalan Calls on Rebels to End Fighting

 

 

 

In Turkey, imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to decades of fighting by his Kurdish rebel group, the PKK. The call was made in a letter to Kurds celebrating Nowruz, or new year, in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.

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