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Turkey approves controversial new security law

Turkey’s parliament passed a controversial new security law Friday that will centralize and expand police powers, amid widespread concern it will be used to crack down on political dissent.
March 28, 2015

Putin: Western intel services aiming to destabilize Russia

President Vladimir Putin said Western intelligence services have set it as their goal to destabilize Russia especially during upcoming elections, according to the Kremlin’s website.
March 26, 2015

Turkey hopes for rapid, unconditional solution to Cyprus issue

Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.
Anadolu Agency: March 26, 2015

Turkey unveils Great Synagogue as Jewish population fades

The Great Synagogue in Edirne will be the first synagogue to open in Turkey in two generations • "Regardless of the fact that we identify ourselves as Turks, we are still perceived as foreigners," says journalist at Turkish Jewish newspaper.
Israel Hayom: March 26, 2015

Analysts: Turkey's President, PM vie to control ruling party

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to maintain his dominance over his country's politics are causing splits with his ruling AK Party. The struggle for control of the party now centers on who will decide which candidates it will run in June's parliamentary election.
March 25, 2015

Putin, Erdogan discuss 'Turkish Stream' gas project - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the "Turkish Stream" gas project during a phone call, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday, as Moscow continues to push for its new undersea pipeline to Europe.
Reuters: March 17, 2015

Greek PM brings forward Russia Putin trip

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin on 8 April, a month earlier than planned, as the indebted eurozone member state seeks to avoid bankruptcy.
BBC: March 17, 2015

Greek PM to meet Russia's Putin in Moscow on April 8-govt official

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Moscow on April 8 after being invited to talks by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.
Reuters: March 17, 2015

Germany again warns against lethal weaponry for Ukraine

Germany's top diplomat has warned against supplying Ukraine with lethal weaponry in its fight against pro-Russian separatists, saying such a move could trigger a "dangerous, permanent escalation" of the crisis facing Kyiv and Moscow.
March 13, 2015

Turkey uses special powers to halt metal workers strike

After just two days of a nationwide strike by Turkey’s Metal Workers Union, the government invoked emergency powers to postpone the strike for 60 days, claiming national security was threatened.
March 12, 2015