German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a two-day trip to Turkey. Ahead of the visit Merkel gave her backing to opening a new chapter of talks in Turkey’s bid for EU membership – an offer welcomed by Turkish leaders.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has inaugurated the first high-speed train link between his country's two major cities, Ankara and Istanbul. It was a prestige project marred by a number of glitches.
EU, US and Mideast diplomats have called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Medics have found scores of bodies in the Gaza rubble, pushing the Palestinian death toll above 1,000.
The EU has for the first time adopted new sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defense firms over the Kremlin's support of separatist violence in Ukraine. Similar measures from the US could soon follow.
As expected, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced he is running for president. Success is a given, and he will become even more unpredictable, says DW's Baha Güngör.
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