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The first far-right party set to enter Germany’s parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
French reporter Loup Bureau, who had been held on “terror” charges in Turkey in a case that sparked tensions between Ankara and France, arrived in Paris on Sept. 17 after being freed.
WASHINGTON – Reuters
Harvard University on Sept. 15 withdrew a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, after two top intelligence experts distanced themselves from the school over the invite.
THESSALONIKI – The Associated Press
Greek police say they freed 14 Pakistani migrants held captive by 5 compatriots of theirs who demanded money for their release.
Greek police said they have detained two Turkish men who crossed into the country illegally from Macedonia, and arrested a Macedonian man accused of smuggling them into Greece.
BERLIN - Reuters
Germany will have no choice but to restrict its economic ties with Turkey to pressure its NATO partner into releasing German citizens it imprisoned on political grounds, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks published on Sept. 16
SOFIA - Reuters
A Bulgarian court on Sept. 13 sentenced three Syrians to six years in jail on terrorism charges.
PARIS - Reuters
French journalist Loup Bureau has been released from jail, his lawyer said on Sept. 15.
LONDON – Reuters
Turkey feels betrayed by some European Union leaders who have called for the end of accession talks but still hopes eventually to join the bloc, Turkish EU Minister Ömer Çelik has said.
A homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people on Sept. 15 in what police said was Britain’s fifth terrorism incident this year, but apparently failed to fully explode.
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s foreign minister has urged European countries to change their view of Turkey, saying that unless the EU sees Ankara as an equal partner, “a healthy relationship won’t be possible.”