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Evros border fence ready 'in a few months' time,' minister says

Construction of a border fence at the Evros land border with Turkey is proceeding and the project will be ready in a few months' time, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis says.

In an interview with Skai Sunday, Chryssochoidis said that, at the moment, at least, Turkey is not engaging in provocative actions and that, in any case, the government is "absolutely calm."

Turkey to ‘become caravan-friendly in two years’

A "Caravan Park" project was prepared in the Black Sea province of Trabzon for enthusiasts of caravans, which have been preferred during the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey.

Tourism routes will be created for caravan parks to be established at highlands in the city and on the beaches.

Turkey deports 12 Finnish nationals over terror links

Turkey deported 12 terrorists from Finland back to their country of origin, the Interior Ministry said on May 31.

In a statement, the ministry said the fighters were sent back as part of Ankara's ramped-up efforts to expel foreign terrorists.

Turkey continues to send back foreign terrorist fighters, it added.

Postpartum mothers still need special care in coronavirus times

During these times of the Covid-19 pandemic, all non-coronavirus health issues seem to fade into the background. And yet nothing has changed. People continue to get sick, hurt, and bring children into the world.

Interest in puppies of ‘Anatolian Lion’ on the rise

Interest in the Aksaray Malaklısı, an Anatolian dog breed, has increased with the arrival of summer and the start of the grazing season in pastures.

Also known as the "Anatolian lion," the Aksaray Malaklısı receives great demand from Turkey and abroad.

The puppies of this breed find an owner within a very short time.

Turkey opens another emergency hospital in Istanbul

Turkey on May 31 opened an emergency hospital in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul as part of the country's continued fight against the pandemic.

The new Yesilkoy Prof. Dr. Murat Dilmener Emergency Hospital in Istanbul is named after a Turkish doctor and academic who was claimed by the virus on May 3.

Local man sewing quilts under trees for half century

A man who earns a living by sewing quilts in the Mediterranean province of Antalya has been carrying out his profession for 45 years under redbud trees that have dotted the city for decades.

The 58-year-old Veli Yıldırım, who began working with a needle and thread for the first time at the age of 13, said that almost all his life was spent by sewing quilts.

Millipede from Scotland is world's oldest-known land animal

 A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living 425 million years ago that helped pave the way for the throngs that would eventually inhabit Earth's dry parts.

Suspect who threatened Hrant Dink Foundation detained

A suspect who sent a death threat to the Hrant Dink Foundation and an assailant who ripped off a cross outside an Armenian church in Istanbul have been detained, Turkey's interior minister said on May 30.

Public transport ticket prices reduced

Tickets for public transport in Athens and Thessaloniki are cheaper as of Monday with a reduction of value-added tax, to 13% from 26%, coming into effect. From now through October, commuters can buy a single ticket for the metro, tram, bus or trolley bus in Athens for 1.20 euros, down from €1.40, while the equivalent ticket for buses in Thessaloniki will cost €0.90, compared to €1 now.

Archaeological excavations to start under virus measures

The Culture and Tourism Ministry has unveiled a series of measures to be implemented for archaeological excavations, as the country makes preparations to reopen after having taken the coronavirus outbreak under control.

In a circular sent to museums, it has been stressed that archaeological excavations and surface analyses will start with strict measures on June 1.

The Weather Today - May 31st

Today the clouds will be significant. In many places there will be short-term precipitation, in the afternoon in some areas - intense and accompanied by thunder. It will remain almost without precipitation in the Danube plain. The wind will be light to moderate from the west. The maximum temperatures will be between 18 ° and 23 °, in Sofia - around 18 °.

Debate on Europe’s role after the pandemic

New Democracy deputy Dimitris Keridis is organizing a live online debate titled "The Economic Crisis of the Pandemic: More or less Europe?" to take place at 9 p.m. on Monday, with the participation of New Democracy MEP Marietta Giannakou, Athens University of Economics and Business professor Giorgos Pagoulatos, and London Business School professor Elias Papaioannou.

WFP says pandemic will hit poorest economies 'harder'

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 the outbreak, millions in the poorest countries have become more vulnerable to the economic downturn and food insecurity, U.N. experts warn.