French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has gained some ground on her main election rivals, independent Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon, but would still lose to either of them in the May 7 runoff for the presidency, a poll showed on Monday. Source Reuters
A Turkish military patrol boat fired shots early Friday morning in the area around the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi, the Greek defense ministry said.Source Ekathimerini
A pair of Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space above the island of Farmakonisi on Wednesday. Source Ekhatimerini
About forty South Korean tourists were robbed in the Paris region of France by three or four men while they were in a bus that took them to their accommodation in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, In France, on 11 February last around 9 pm (Paris time). Source Agence de Press Yonhap
Italian banks Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca have submitted a draft merger plan to the European Central Bank that includes a new capital injection of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros ($4.3-5.3 billion), Il Messaggero reported without citing sources. Source Reuters
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry have urged the Greek Cypriot administration on Tuesday to annul the introduction of a commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools of the plebiscite on “Enosis,” which is the idea of Cyprus being annexed by Greece.Source Daily Sabah
Police on Wednesday searched the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers on suspicion they spied for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, officials said.
The imams are accused of reporting on Turkish followers of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan blames for last July’s failed coup attempt against him. Source The local