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500 migrants in first return from Greece to Turkey planned Monday

A first batch of 500 migrants are set to return from Greece to Turkey on Monday under the terms of an EU deal reached this month, a European Commission source said.
Gulf Times: March 31, 2016

Turkish government targeting foreign media, journalists say

Foreign journalists working in Turkey complain the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to target them in an expansion of a media clampdown that until recently appeared mainly focused on domestic newspapers and broadcasters.
March 31, 2016

Fears Islamic State will use guerrilla tactics in Europe

Security agencies racing to break the web of Islamic State (IS) terror cells that have spread across the European continent are also bracing for another worrisome possibility - that the group will use guerrilla tactics honed in Syria and Iraq to carry out attacks on critical targets or infrastructure.
March 31, 2016

US relocates most defense family members from Turkey

The United States has ordered military families to leave parts of southern Turkey due to safety concerns.
March 30, 2016

Frontex calls for more police officers to help Greece return migrants to Turkey

EU border management agency Frontex has urged member states to pledge more police officers to support Greece in returning migrants to Turkey.
March 26, 2016

FYR Macedonia sends to jail six islamist recruiters, fighters

A court in Skopje has sentenced six radical Islamist recruiters and fighters to jail terms of between 5-1/2 to 7 years, FYR Macedonian news agency MIA reported on Friday.
March 26, 2016

Turkey-EU deal stops human trafficking on Aegean

The Turkish villagers had grown used to hearing the smugglers arrive in the dead of night, speeding through the narrow streets in minibuses packed with Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans headed for the rocky coves nearby.
Hurriyet Daily News: March 26, 2016

Kosovo President focuses on terrorism, foreign fighters

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga says her country has increased its efforts to arrest citizens who have become foreign fighters with Islamic State (IS) in Syria or Iraq.
March 26, 2016

Bulgaria says ready to erect fence on border with Greece

Bulgaria is ready to build a fence on its border with Greece to keep out migrants amid fears they could head its way after the Western Balkan route was closed.
Reuters: March 26, 2016

'Mediterranean Hope' gives second chance to refugees

Like the estimated 1 million other refugees smuggled across the Mediterranean last year, Mirvat Sayegh was desperate to escape the miserable conditions that all too often characterize life as a refugee in Syria’s neighboring countries.
March 25, 2016