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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Spain’s central government braced for a second day of protests in Barcelona yesterday as separatists called for “permanent mobilization” after Madrid dealt yet another blow to preparations for an outlawed referendum on independence.
SOFIA - Reuters
A Bulgarian court on Sept. 13 sentenced three Syrians to six years in jail on terrorism charges.
MADRID – Reuters
Spain’s state prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, in an escalation of Madrid’s efforts to block the vote that it has declared illegal.
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.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 13 that Turkey is distancing itself from the European Union and will not become a member of the bloc in the “foreseeable future.”
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.”
A group of people from the self-proclaimed Greek anarchist group Ruvikonas on Sept. 13 attacked the Turkish Airlines office in Athens
ANKARA – Reuters
France’s foreign minister called on Sept. 14 for a rapid resolution in the case of a French journalist detained by Turkish security forces on the Iraqi border last month, so that he can return to his family.
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
Germany’s immigration authority has rejected more than 5,000 asylum applications filed by Turkish citizens, local media reported on Sept. 13.
BERLIN – Agence France-Presse
German authorities on Sept. 14 stopped a Turkish Airlines jet from taking off and searched it with sniffer dogs after Cologne airport received a threatening phone call, police said.
CONSTANTA – The Associated Press
Romania’s coast guard rescued about 150 migrants from a ship in distress on the Black Sea on Sept. 13 on what is becoming a new route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe.