• Six-times winners CSKA Moscow advanced to Euroleague basketball's Final Four after Friday's 94-85 victory at Caja Laboral Vitoria completed a 3-1 win over the Spaniards in a best-of-five quarter-final series.


  • Most of the contributions to the U.N.-led aid effort in Syria's two-year-long civil war have come from critics and enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while his supporters Russia and China have given little, aid sources say.


  • The European Union's enlargement commissioner said he expected a breakthrough this year in Turkey's stalled EU membership bid and welcomed Ankara's peace talks with Kurdish rebels and reforms of its justice system.


  • Syria's opposition says it hopes their international backers meeting in Istanbul on Saturday will give teeth to a tacit agreement that arming rebel groups is the best way to end the dynastic rule of President Bashar al-Assad.


  • The Euroleague's all-time leading scorer Juan Carlos Navarro produced an effervescent fourth-quarter performance to give Barcelona a lifeline 70-60 win at Panathinaikos Athens on Thursday to level their best-of-five quarter-final series 2-2.


  • Bombings of Kurdish areas in Syria suggest that Syrian Kurds, long detached from the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, are increasingly being targeted by his forces after they struck deals with rebels fighting to topple him, a Kurdish leader said.


  • The number of Syrians trying to enter the European Union illegally increased five-fold last year, an EU agency said on Thursday, as refugees fled their war-ravaged country.


  • An Israeli delegation will visit Turkey for the first time in three years next week in another sign of thawing relations since the United States brokered a breakthrough in March, but any further advancement in ties was expected to be incremental.


  • The Cannes Film Festival opens on May 15 and films in the main competition include Roman Polanski's French-language adaptation of the play "Venus in Fur".


  • Greek tourism revenues are expected to bounce back this year to pre-crisis levels, the industry said on Thursday following the return of political stability to the country.


  • In an implicit warning to international supporters of Syrian opposition forces, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday that efforts to isolate one side in the conflict would wreck the chances of a negotiated solution and help militant Islamists.


  • Turkey is working on plans for a "wealth amnesty" to lure back funds which affluent Turks keep abroad as it seeks to bolster economic growth, the country's finance minister said on Wednesday.


  • In an implicit warning to international supporters of Syrian opposition forces, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday that efforts to isolate one side in the conflict would wreck the chances of a negotiated solution.


  • What happens to a country when one in 10 of its residents is a refugee?


  • Negotiations between Egypt and the International Monetary Fund have not failed, the president's office said on Wednesday after an IMF delegation left Cairo without agreement on a $4.8 billion loan needed to ease a severe economic crisis.


  • Not only Syrian air defences worried Israel when its warplanes bombed a suspected Hezbollah-bound arms convoy near Damascus on Jan. 30. Also probing the skies were the potent radars of an unfriendly NATO member close by: Turkey.


  • Turkey will transfer the remaining $1 billion of a $2 billion budget support package agreed for Egypt last year within the next two months, Turkish economy officials and banking sources said on Wednesday.


  • Iraqi Kurdistan will be ready to export its crude oil directly to world markets via Turkey within months after a new pipeline is completed, a move likely to deepen a row with Baghdad over the distribution of Iraq's hydrocarbon revenues.


  • Guns fell silent in one of the main battle zones of Syria's biggest city, Aleppo, on Tuesday to let aid workers collect 31 bodies that had been rotting amid the rubble of the front line - the first truce in months of warfare in the city.


  • European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are among eight leading clubs who will take part in the first edition of the tournament-style International Champions Cup in the United States starting in July.


  • Prosecutors in Turkey have charged a retired general with attempting to kill late President Turgut Ozal, in a last minute bid to keep the investigation open two decades after his death, local media said on Tuesday.


  • Brazil's reputation as a source of top soccer talent was underlined on Tuesday by a report showing that Brazilians were the most heavily traded players on the international transfer market last year.


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