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Turkey urges US that harboring Gülen is a hostile act after coup attempt

Any country that would harbor Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the parallel state that is regarded as the mastermind of July 15’s (2016) coup attempt would not be Turkey’s friend, the Turkish prime minister has said, obviously urging the United States where the self-exile religious leader lives since late 1990s. 

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Four Turkish parties make rare joint statement against coup

Four political parties at the parliament have condemned the coup attempt in Turkey, which started on July 15, 2016 and suppressed early on July 16, in a rare joint statement read out at the general assembly. 

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Balkan Leaders Praise Erdogan for Defeating Coup

Leaders from the Balkans greeted President Erdogan's restoration of control in Turkey after the failed attempt at a coup by part of the armed forces.

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EU Concerns over Serbia’s Russia-West Balancing Act

Belgrade insists it will maintain diplomatic ties with both Russia and the West as EU official warns “dual approach will not be tolerated in the long run”.

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Albanian PM accused of illegally funding 2012 Obama campaign

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama is facing criminal charges for an alleged illegal $80,000 contribution to the US President’s 2012 re-election campaign.

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Brexit Will Curtail UK’s Engagement in Balkans, Experts

An expert panel at London’s LSE said Britain’s exit from the EU will also lead to its de-facto exit from the Balkans.

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CHP, MHP oppose Turkish citizenship for Syrians

Representatives of two Turkish opposition parties have voiced their criticism of a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plan to provide Turkish citizenship to around 3 million Syrian refugees, saying the government’s plan amounted to “political populism,” while questioning the motives behind the move.

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Macedonia Government 'Sliding In' Bills to Undermine Reforms

Observers accuse the Macedonian government of trying to slide in key changes to police and media law that effectively undermine the reforms it promised to undertake.

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Sofia court declines registration of Mestan’s DOST party

Sofia City Court has turned down an application to register former Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) leader Lyutvi Mestan’s new party DOST.

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Romania PM Reshuffles Ministries to Regain 'Momentum'

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has decided to change four ministers in his cabinet, saying the government has to deliver more results.

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Болгары вслед за крымскими татарами попросили Порошенко об автономии

Болгары Украины обратились к президенту этой страны Петру Порошенко с призывом предоставить им территориальные автономии в Одесской и Херсонской областях. Об этом в понедельник, 4 июля (2016), сообщает «Голос.ua» со ссылкой на одного из лидеров болгарской диаспоры на Украине Юрия Паличева.

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Brexit Result Overshadows Balkan Summit in Paris

Infrastructure and youth are the states priorities of the Western Balkans Summit in Paris but the high-level meeting, starting on Monday (04.07.2016), is likely to be overshadowed by the UK's vote to leave the EU. 

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First call to prayer inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 85 years

A muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1, 2016.

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Bosnian War Crimes Convict Abdic Eyes Mayoralty

Convicted war criminal Fikret Abdic, the former head of a separatist statelet, will run for mayor of the Velika Kladusa municipality in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina in local elections in October (2016).

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Macedonia Parties Dismiss Call for 'Neutral' Balkans

Macedonia’s main parties have either ignored or condemned the decision of a small ethnic Serbian party to sign a declaration in Moscow advocating a 'neutral zone' in the Balkans.

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