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Nine bidders for contract to modernize Romania’s frigates

Romania’s National Company Romtehnica has received nine offers from international companies for the modernization program of the frigates King Ferdinand and Queen Maria, according to local Profit.ro. The frigates were produced in 1986 and Romania purchased them in 2003.

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'Alarming' reports of major violations in south-east Turkey - UN rights chief

10 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today reported having received a succession of alarming reports about violations allegedly committed by Turkish military and security forces in south-east Turkey over the past few months, and urged the Turkish authorities to give independent investigators, including UN staff, unimpeded access to the area to verify the veracity of such reports.

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Turkish military faces secularism test

Turkey's imam-hatip schools are vocational schools that educate state-employed imams and preachers. These schools offer primary school graduates the traditional secondary school curriculum in addition to vocational courses related to Islamic theology. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has been working hard to increase the number of imam-hatip schools. Over the past 13 years, the number of these schools went up from 450 in 2003 to 940 today, and the number of students rose from 70,000 to more than 500,000 in the same period.

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Bulgaria tо Return Migrants to Turkey from June 1, 2016

Bulgaria has become the first EU member state to sign a protocol with Ankara to set in place procedures for sending illegal migrants back to Turkey starting from next month.

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Border controls extended as EC sees shortfalls in Greek management Migration

 

 

 

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed the extension of emergency border controls inside the passport-free Schengen area, declaring that the tighter checks were justified by shortfalls in Greece’s management of the European Union’s external border.

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2BS Forum 2016 in Budva, Montenegro

 

 

 

The sixth annual 2BS Forum takes place on 5-7 May 2016 in Budva, Montenegro. This high-level international conference will have a special touch this year, as Montenegro has now been invited to officially join NATO. 

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Turkey deploys troops to its military base in Qatar

 

 

 

Turkey has announced the deployment of soldiers to its first overseas military base, which has been set up in Qatar.

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Turkey FM: Ankara to station US rocket system on Syria border

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara will deploy a US rocket launcher system on the border with Syria next month to allegedly combat the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

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F-22s fly to Romania for training

 

 

 

Two US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors landed at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on 25 April, 2016, the service announced.

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Bulgarian, Polish presidents back strengthening Nato’s eastern flank

 

 

 

In talks on April 18, 2016 with visiting Polish president Andrzej Duda, Bulgarian head of state Rossen Plevneliev has spoken strongly in favour of dialogue with Russia and for that country to renounce its aggressive actions, while the two presidents also backed the strengthening of Nato’s eastern flank.

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Marine Corps Aircraft Deploy to Turkey for Operation Inherent Resolve

STUTTGART, Germany, April 14, 2016 – EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 have deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support electronic attack requirements in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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First Turkey-backed operation against IS becomes a fiasco

 

 

 

Turkey recently proposed that the United States abandon Syrian Kurdistan's People's Protection Units (YPG) and "let us wipe out the Islamic State [IS] jointly with the moderate opposition." Turkey then made its first such move last week at al-Rai, Syria, with a composite force of Turkmens, Free Syrian Army factions and Salafists.

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Greece: The Migration Crisis

 

 

 

The migration crisis the evolving refugee/migration crisis may become an existential threat for an eu already weakened by the financial crisis, and facing the prospect of a Brexit. The EU is divided between a Germany-led group supporting a European solution to the refugee problem and the Visegrad group and like-minded countries, and far-right political parties across Europe are gaining traction by arguing in favor of a Europe-fortress mentality.

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Греция начала крупные военные учения из-за провокаций Турции

 

 

 

По приказу министра национальной обороны Греции Паноса Камменоса вооруженные силы страны в четверг (14.04.2016) утром начали проводить учения по проверке боевой готовности в связи с турецкими провокациями, сообщил источник в минобороны Греции.

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Greece expects first asylum decisions under EU deal in two weeks

 

 

 

Greece said authorities would start ruling on asylum applications from hundreds of migrants in the next two weeks, in a major test of a new deal to try and control the flow of people tryng to reach Europe.

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