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US bans laptops and tablets in cabins on flights from 8 Muslim Countries

By   2 days ago

  Τhe ban imposed by the US concerning the transfer of electronic devices larger than a mobile phone onboard aircraft taking off eight Muslim countries caused shock in Turkey. Ankara did not expect the ban which will cause it great financial damage especially becauseTurkish Airlines has been developing rapidly in recent years. Resentment in the […]

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Turkey’s tourism industry in crisis

By   4 days ago

  2016 seems to have been the most difficult year in recent years for the Turkish tourism industry, as the Turkish economy received $10 billion less in tourist spending compared with 2015. According to official data from the Turkish Statistical Authority,  in 2016  Turkey received 15.9 billion USD compared to 2015 when this figure had […]

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The decline of Turkish tourism major blow for economy

By   2 months ago

10.7 million less tourists in the first 11 months of 2016 Predictions are worse for 2017 According to official figures from the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, during the January -November 2016 period the drop in tourist arrivals reached 35%. Tour operators speak of a fall of over 45%, while after the December hits the drop […]

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New ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir expected to start in 2017

By   5 months ago

Greece and Turkey’s transport ministries are expected to sign in the following days a memorandum for a ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said on Tuesday during a meeting of the city council. Boutaris said the new route could start in the first months of 2017 and will bring significant economic […]

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Shortage of tourists forces 600 shops to go out of business in Istanbul’s “Grand Bazaar”

By   6 months ago

Istanbul, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Major reduction of tourism in Turkey Similar problem in Beyoglu The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul – which is considered one of the most important tourist attractions as well as a history of 550 years and includes 3,600 shops – is facing a major crisis, as […]

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8000 companies are being investigated for affiliations with Gulen

By   7 months ago

Ankara, September 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The Turkish State confiscated USD 4 billion-worth real-estate Gulen had activities everywhere The arrests of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens on suspicion and charges of being affiliated with the Islamic order of Imam Fethullah Gulen continues unabated. Gulen is being accused of having organized […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

By   7 months ago

Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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Turkey third in the list of foreign investors in BiH

By   8 months ago

Sarajevo, August 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Economic cooperation between BiH and Turkey is growing in the last several years and this country has become the third biggest foreign investors in BiH. Along with direct investment, Turkey is implementing various projects to support investments that will give impulse to production, and thus […]

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OP/ED: It’s a shame for living history to become the object of a statements war

By   10 months ago

Athens, June 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The nationalistic crowns on both sides at a time when Greece and Turkey are trying to overcome obsessions and centuries-old prejudices and open communication channels to settle their differences, the reading of the Koran after midnight in Hagia Sophia, has been converted in a war […]

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«The Eye of Istanbul» – Life and Photos of Ara Güler

By   11 months ago

Athens, May 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Athens, May 12, 2016. To the personality, work and course of the Turkish photographer Ara Güler referred the makers of the documentary «The Eye of Istanbul» at a press conference organized by the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, on […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “The reopening of the theological school is a subject that ‘burns’ us”

By   1 year ago

Athens, October 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency “It is unthinkable to have been open during the Ottoman Empire era and be closed now”. By Manolis Kostidis His deep concern about the non-reopening of the Theological School of Halki expressed the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his visit to the President of the Republic of Greece Prokopis […]

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Hugh Jackman says his grandfather was an Ottoman

By   2 years ago

Ankara, March 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos In an interview with the newspaper Hurriyet, Hugh Jackman said that his grandfather was an Ottoman and that “I could call myself a Turk”, since his grandfather immigrated to Australia not from Greece, but from the Ottoman lands. “My father and uncle went to […]

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Yaşar Kemal passed away

By   2 years ago

Ankara, March 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis He was considered the biggest litterateur in Turkey Passed away on Saturday afternoon at the age of 92 years the Kurdish Turkish writer Yasar Kemal. He might have been the greatest writer in Turkey. He was the first Turk to be proposed for the […]

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Important archeological discovery in Cappadocia

By   2 years ago

Ankara, January 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis One of the largest underground cities in the world was discovered Turkish archeologists refer to the discovery as the largest underground city in the world, dating 5000 years. This city was discovered in Cappadocia completely by chance, during the demolition of a buildings from […]

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Turkish Embassy in Athens Inaugurates Culture and Tourism Office

By   2 years ago

Ankara, December 10, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The inauguration of the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens was held Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the presence of Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik and Minister of Tourism Mr. Olga Kefalogianni, on the […]

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Ottoman language and writing teaching plan brings reactions in Turkey

By   2 years ago

Ankara, December 8, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency “They are turning Turkey into a medieval country”, says the opposition “Some are allergic to the Ottoman language”, answers Davutoglu By Manolis Kostidis Major discussions and reactions has caused in Turkey the government’s plan to integrate in the educational programmes the Οttoman language and writing. The issue […]

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What’s the deal with the Turkish-Russian cooperation

By   5 months ago

Ankara, October 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis It was November 2015 when Turkish F-16 fighters shoot down a Russian Su-25 in an area near the border with Syria and the developments that followed had brought the Russian-Turkish relations to the nadir. No one at the time could have imagined that Recep Tayip […]

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Erdogan-Putin meeting in Istanbul aimed at developing Turkish-Russian cooperation

By   5 months ago

Ankara, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Energy, Syria, weapon systems in the agenda For the third time in two months President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Vladimir Putin, showing that between Ankara and Russia there is something more than a mere restoration of relations. It is no coincidence that the […]

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Putin relents on South Stream as Erdogan offers Turkish Stream promises

By   8 months ago

Sofia, August 10, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to soften his position on the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even as the latter promised to begin construction on the […]

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Turkish delegation in Gaza to discuss electricity crisis

By   8 months ago

Ankara, July 12, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency A delegation from Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry is currently visiting the Gaza Strip to discuss means of meeting the coastal enclave’s demand for electricity. The visit came two weeks after Ankara and Tel Aviv agreed to normalize relations following a six-year hiatus. According to ministry […]

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Erdogan apologizes to Putin for the downing of the Russian warplane

By   9 months ago

Ankara, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Turkey is changing its foreign policy On Monday afternoon, in a surprise announcement, the Kremlin announced that Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Vladimir Putin in which he apologized for the shooting down of the Russian warplane in November 2015, in the border region […]

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Turkey-Israel announce the normalization of their relations

By   9 months ago

Ankara, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Syria and the transport of Israeli gas to Europe the real reasons that brought the deal In the most official way Israel and Turkey announced the agreement, which will lead to the normalization of the two countries’ relations. Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim stated that […]

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Israel – Turkey close to signing cooperation Agreement

By   9 months ago

Ankara, June 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Hurriyet reveals the draft of the agreement Ankara-Tel Aviv negotiations concerning the normalization of the two countries’ relations have been officially concluded. Turkey launches a new era in its foreign policy in order to reduce tension with Israel and Russia, since as a result of […]

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Erdogan makes U-turn in the relations with Russia and Isreal

By   9 months ago

Ankara, June 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Once again friends with Moscow and Isreal? Important changes are coming in Turkey’s foreign policy, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan leading the country to realism, as it is widely accepted that that there isn’t a neighbouring country with which Ankara does not have problems and conflicts. […]

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Turkey’s tourism industry in crisis

By   4 days ago

  2016 seems to have been the most difficult year in recent years for the Turkish tourism industry, as the Turkish economy received $10 billion less in tourist spending compared with 2015. According to official data from the Turkish Statistical Authority,  in 2016  Turkey received 15.9 billion USD compared to 2015 when this figure had […]

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Turkish Central Bank fights to arrest lira’s fall

By   2 months ago

The Central Bank has responded to the Turkish Lira’s historic plunge by cutting forex required reserves, in a move adding $1.5 billion in liquidity to the financial system, vowing additional steps if necessary. The statement helped stem some of the lira’s losses, although analysts said more must follow to back the struggling currency. The lira […]

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UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

By   2 months ago

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland states the announcement. The Agency states that “even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor.” The drop in temperature over the past […]

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Erdogan Uncovers plans for new Monetary System with Russia, China and Iran

By   4 months ago

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan uncovered a plan for the creation of a new monetary system other than that of the Euro and the dollar. The Turkish president asked Turkish citizens to convert their dollars into Turkish lira and support the national currency, in a speech he made in the city of Kayseri on Saturday. […]

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New ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir expected to start in 2017

By   5 months ago

Greece and Turkey’s transport ministries are expected to sign in the following days a memorandum for a ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said on Tuesday during a meeting of the city council. Boutaris said the new route could start in the first months of 2017 and will bring significant economic […]

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Moody’s downgrades Turkey

By   6 months ago

Ankara, September 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Moody’s: “Turkey inappropriate for investment” There is deep concern in Turkey after the downgrading of the country by Moody’s, which brings Turkish bonds at the level of “garbage”. This particular investment agency downgraded the creditworthiness of Turkey in the category of “inappropriate for investment”, citing […]

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Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

By   7 months ago

Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

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National lottery sold for one Euro. Purchased also the losses worth 6.5 million Euros

By   7 months ago

Tirana, 18 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani National lottery, which has the exclusive rights for the gambling games has been sold for one Euro. If the debts are included  the business will loses in its sale. The Competition Authority notifies that 100 percent of the capital of the company  Albanisch Österreichische Holding […]

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Bulgarian voters from Turkey divert via Greece as ‘patriots’ again protest at Turkish border

By   45 mins ago

  Bulgarian passport-holders coming into the country to vote in the March 26 elections would now be coming via Greece instead of directly across the border because of planned blockades by Bulgarian nationalists, reports on March 24 said. The nationalist United Patriots coalition again staged blockades of Bulgaria’s border crossings with Turkey on March 24, […]

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Prosecutor-General: Bulgaria will not extradite border policemen wanted by Turkey on murder, manslaughter charges

By   2 days ago

  Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov said on March 22 that Bulgaria will not extradite to Turkey four border policemen wanted by Ankara on murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of a poacher. Tsatsarov said that according to the European Convention to which Turkey is a party, Bulgaria is not obliged to hand over the […]

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Tensions rise between Bulgaria and Turkey

By   6 days ago

  Turkey’s intervention in the upcoming elections of March 26 in Bulgaria has caused a diplomatic incident between the two countries. Bulgaria called their Ambassador to Ankara Nadejda Neynski back to Sofia, for consultations according to turkish newspaper Hurriyet. The decision was taken based on information gathered concerning Turkey’s intervention in the country’s interior. Last […]

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Turkey continues to loom large in concerns about Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections

By   1 week ago

  Amid continuing controversy over concerns about interference by Turkey in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said that steps were being taken to counter such interference. Asked on March 17 what steps these were, he referred the question to Stefan Yanev, the caretaker deputy prime minister in charge of […]

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What’s next in the EU – Turkey standoff

By   1 week ago

  “The European Union’s court, The European Court of Justice, my esteemed brothers, have started a crusade struggle against the (Muslim) crescent”. This statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a clear indicator of the political climate within the Turkish government concerning its relations with Europe. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that in […]

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Holland – Turkey diplomatic row intensifies

By   2 weeks ago

  Holland’s decision not to allow Turkish ministers to speak in Rotterdam as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister’s and the Minister of Family Affairs’ persistence to travel to the country have blown out of control. Due to this situation serious incidents have erupted in Rotterdam, Dutch authorities have deported the Turkish minister and Erdogan […]

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Bulgarian President: More pragmatism needed in work of Southeast Europe Cooperation Process

By   2 weeks ago

  At a meeting with ambassadors from seven Balkan countries in Sofia on March 8, Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev called for more pragmatism in the work of the Southeast Europe Cooperation Process and in the co-ordination of projects carried out with EU funds. The meeting, the first with this group of ambassadors […]

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Germany keeps its cool after Turkey Nazi accusations

By   2 weeks ago

  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Erdogan’s Sunday accusations that Germany is using ” Nazi practices” to prevent Turkish leaders from campaigning there for a “yes” vote in next month’s referendum. “There is no justification for this statement. We have significant disagreements with Turkey on issues of freedom of the press, mass arrests and […]

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Bulgarian voters from Turkey divert via Greece as ‘patriots’ again protest at Turkish border

By   45 mins ago

  Bulgarian passport-holders coming into the country to vote in the March 26 elections would now be coming via Greece instead of directly across the border because of planned blockades by Bulgarian nationalists, reports on March 24 said. The nationalist United Patriots coalition again staged blockades of Bulgaria’s border crossings with Turkey on March 24, […]

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Prosecutor-General: Bulgaria will not extradite border policemen wanted by Turkey on murder, manslaughter charges

By   2 days ago

  Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov said on March 22 that Bulgaria will not extradite to Turkey four border policemen wanted by Ankara on murder charges in connection with the 2008 death of a poacher. Tsatsarov said that according to the European Convention to which Turkey is a party, Bulgaria is not obliged to hand over the […]

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Interior inistry: At least 1,300 suspects arrested in one week

By   3 weeks ago

  At least 1,300 suspects allegedly linked to terrorist organizations have been arrested in Turkey over the past seven days, the Interior Ministry said March 6. Among them were 920 suspected members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which is believed to have been behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. Some 45 of […]

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AKP aims to create ‘political aristocracy’: Turkey’s CHP

By   3 weeks ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is aiming to create a “political aristocracy” by reducing the minimum age for parliamentary candidates from 25 to 18 as part of its constitutional amendments to be voted on in the April 16 referendum, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said. “Those friends […]

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Hurriyet newspaper feels Erdogan’s wrath

By   3 weeks ago

  A headline cost newspaper Hürriyet, the largest and most authoritative newspaper in Turkey, dearly, following criticism by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and many members of the Turkish government and forcing the owner of the newspaper to replace its director. The article was by the journalist Hande Firat who on the night of the […]

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Pergolas have been built at the walls of Istanbul to host wedding ceremonies

By   4 weeks ago

  Arbitrary structures for organizing wedding ceremonies have been built at the historic Byzantine Theodosian Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul) with the approval of the municipality of the area! The committee for the Protection of Historical monuments of the municipality of Fatih approved the relevant company’s proposal calling for the particular space and allowed the construction […]

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Cumhuriyet: Erdogan has a parallel force

By   1 month ago

  “Erdogan has a parallel force” is the front page title of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The Turkish opposition newspaper reports that Erdogan’s brother in law is the leader of a large group of the president’s loyal followers who have weapons, radios and even drones and can take to the streets in the event of […]

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Turkish military officers are requesting asylum all over Europe

By   1 month ago

Television host laid off for saying he will vote “NO” in the referendum The number of Turkish military officers serving abroad and seek asylum in European countries continues to grow. Fearful of being tried in Turkey on charges of having affiliations with the Islamic order Hizmet of Imam Fethullah Gulen. According to Turkish media, 86 […]

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Beşiktaş hits back from three behind to hold Benfica

By   4 months ago

Beşiktaş hit back from three goals behind at halftime, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes, to force a 3-3 draw with Benfica in an enthralling Champions League game on Nov. 23. The Portuguese champion raced to a 3-0 lead in 31 minutes, helped by a sublime effort from Nelson Semedo and a bizarre goal […]

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USD 500 mln for the rights of the Turkish Football League  

By   4 months ago

Digiturk trusted the Turkish economy Digital television Digitürk has offered the record amount of USD 500 million for the rights of the Turkish football league in the next five years. The tender, which was conducted by the Football Federation of the country (Turkiye Futbol Federasyonu) concerned the season 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Digiturk, […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Judoka Velenšek wins medal against all odds

By   7 months ago

Ljubljana, August 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Slovenian judoka Ana Velenšek is being praised for winning the bronze medal in the women’s 78kg category in in Rio against all odds as she had suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the competition and her appearance was even put under a question mark. “What I’m experiencing […]

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Euro 2016: Three defeats and a victory for the Balkan teams

By   9 months ago

Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris France – Romania 2-1 Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1. Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to […]

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Turkey was undone by Lithuania

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Turkey was disqualified from the semi-finals of the World Basketball Cup of Spain by Lithuania, which won with 73-61, in the first of the tournament’s quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Lithuania will clash with the USA. For the team of Jonas Kazlauskas, Seibutis scored 19 points, followed by Pocius with 13 and […]

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Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Balkan civil war ended with an easy victory of Serbia against Greece with 90-72, while Slovenia and Turkey follow Serbia in the quarterfinals. Slovenia – Dominican Republic 71-61 Slovenia qualified to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup in Spain after beating the Dominican Republic with 71-61. The big favorite […]

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Basketball World Cup – Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey progress to knockout phase

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Greece-Argentina 79-71 The “saga” of the Greek national basketball team at the World Cup in Spain continues. The “blue and white” armada of Fotis Katsikaris defeated Argentina by 79-71, reached five wins in as many games and completed their obligations by finishing top of Group B’. In the phase of “16”, […]

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