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Turkey has experienced one of the hottest days of the year over the last week as a heatwave across the country has sparked high temperatures.
When the air temperature exceeded 44 degrees Celsius in İzmir, Muğla and Antalya provinces on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, public beaches, hotels and swimming pools were flooded by residents who wanted to cool off.
Turkey rescued 26 asylum seekers who were pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean, security sources said on Aug. 15.
They were rescued from a dinghy off the coast of Foça district in Turkey's western İzmir province, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Turkey is fully focused on protecting its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, and the Aegean, the nation's president said on Aug. 15.
Turkey is also focused on stopping terrorist groups in Syria and northern Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in Rize on the Turkish Black Sea, speaking to the public and local members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
A defense agreement signed between France and Greek Cyprus is against the 1960 treaties that provide equilibrium between Turkish and Greek Cypriots on the island and poses a risk for the already fragile stability and security, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement over the weekend.
From the signing of the Turkey-Libya agreement on maritime boundaries, it was clear that there had to be a response from the Greek side. The fact is that the above memorandum is completely illegal. International maritime law suggests that for there to be an agreement on maritime boundaries between nations they must have either adjacent or opposite coastlines.
Turkey's ruling party on Aug. 15 criticized the deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize ties as a "political suicide" against the Palestinian cause.
It is also an attempt to eradicate a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine proposed by the international community, Ömer Çelik, spokesman for the AKP said on Twitter.
Turkish sprinter Yasmani Copello Escobar finished second in the men's 400-meter hurdle in the season's first race in the Diamond League.
The 33-year-old Cuban native finished the race in 49:04 seconds.
Norwegian Karsten Warholm broke the tape in 47:10 seconds.
In the men's 200-meter race, Turkey's Ramil Guliyev finished fifth in 20.80 seconds.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke over the phone with his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss steps to boost bilateral ties, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on Aug. 14.
Erdoğan and Nicolas Maduro also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and solidarity, as well as regional developments, according to the directorate.