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Turkey Sells Two of Its Islands

Islands near the southwestern province of Mugla and western Balikesir have been put up for sale online, Sabah reports.

Karaca Island off the Marmaris district of Muğla is listed at a price of 210 million liras ($36.7 million), put on sale on Sept. 22 by Turkish businesspeople living in the United States. 

Smuggled Torah, artifacts seized in Turkey's northwest

Anti-smuggling teams have seized a stolen Torah believed to be 1,500 years old, along with other historical artifacts belonging to the Hellenistic and Seljuq periods, in an operation in Turkey's western resort town of Ayvalık. 

Gendarmerie forces also detained two suspects who were later released on probation.

Human traffickers, 83 migrants caught on luxury yacht

The Turkish Coast Guard has captured 83 people trying to cross into Italy illegally from the Aegean resort town of Çeşme in a U.S.-flagged luxury yacht. 

Some 82 of the smuggled migrants were Syrian, while one was an Afghan, according to security sources. 

Three more people on board, all of whom were Ukrainians, were also detained on suspicion they were part of the crew. 

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