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Archive for: March, 2010

CERN tackles glitches, pushes new science frontier

Physicists at CERN, buoyed by their ground-breaking success in creating mini-Big Bangs, giving them a glimpse of the dawn of time, have set their sights on pushing closer to the very birth of the universe. Just a day after achieving the first megapower particle collisions at 50 per second, they began efforts on Wednesday to […]

Abdullah Gul meets Pakistani President Zardari

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his country’s willingness to improve trade relations with Turkey, saying the two countries had a great potential for a solid economic partnership. “As we speak of strong a friendship and brotherhood between our two nations, we cannot speak of a parallel success in economic cooperation, trade and investment, […]

Serbia atones for Srebrenica massacre

Serbia’s lawmakers narrowly approved a declaration condemning the 1995 Serb massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica on Wednesday, ending years of denial in a move seen as an important step on Belgrade’s road to Europe. The move is also being interpreted as an effort to distance the country from the past maneuvering under late strongman […]

Greece to send official to improve bilateral relations

Greece’s deputy foreign minister is set to pay a formal visit to Turkey on April 8 for talks designed to improve bilateral ties and prepare the ground for a summit of the two neighbors’ prime ministers, he told an Athens radio station Wednesday. “The Turkish foreign minister invited me to Turkey and I have accepted […]

Suspected al-Qaeda members detained in Turkey

Twenty-two people were detained in various Turkish provinces Monday for alleged links to the terror group al-Qaeda. The operation, which was undertaken by police in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray and local gendarmerie units, was conducted in Aksaray, Ankara and Manisa. The raids uncovered documents allegedly belonging to al-Qaeda, as well as one unregistered gun […]

Davutoğlu and Barzani discuss polls, terrorism

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with the former prime minister of the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq during a dinner late Tuesday for talks on the Iraqi elections and the fight against terrorism. Davutoğlu and Nechirvan Barzani, deputy leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP, met in Istanbul. Diplomatic sources told the […]

Romania to buy 48 F-16s

Romania finally approved a two year old deal to buy 48 U.S. F-16 fighters for $4.5 billion. Half were be the latest model, the F-16C Block 50. The others will be used, and reconditioned to F-16C Block 25 standards. The used F-16s will arrive in two years, but the new ones won’t arrive until 2020. […]

Visible Progress for Laser Weapons

Boeing says its free electron laser is just what the U.S. Navy needs to protect its ships against ever more menacing threats, such as “hypervelocity cruise missiles.” Northrop Grumman has designed a laser for the U.S. Army to shoot down “missiles of various sizes and speeds, helicopters, drones, rockets, artillery, mortar rounds and submunitions.” Textron, […]

Turkish Airlines to grow jet fleet

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flagship carrier, announced it will buy 10 Boeing B737-800 planes and 10 B737-900ER aircrafts between 2011 and 2014, even as global demand for planes continues to slump. Turkish Airlines, or THY, has an option to buy another 15 aircrafts between 2013 and 2015, the company said in a filing with the Istanbul […]

Peace Eagle AEW&C program back on track

After facing delays of more than three years, a $1.6 billion program headed by Boeing to construct four specialized planes for Turkey’s military is now back on track, a Turkish defense industry specialist said Monday. “We are close to agreeing with Boeing to a revised timetable for the program,” Murad Bayar, head of the undersecretariat […]

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