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Massive forest fire engulfs Mediterranean district

A massive fire erupted in two different locations in the southern province of Antalya's Manavgat district has destroyed dozens of hectares of forest cover and caused the evacuation of five settlements.


The cause of the fires in the Yeniköy and Side neighborhoods of the district is still unknown.

Authorities seek up to 15 years in jail for ByLock app’s license holder

Authorities are seeking up to 15 years in prison for the license holder of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app developed and exclusively used by FETÖ members, the state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Alpaslan Demir, a U.S. citizen of Turkish origin who goes by the name David Keynes, surrendered to Turkish authorities in Istanbul on June 9, according to the report.

Probe launched into mayor’s anti-refugee remarks

A probe into the controversial remarks of Bolu Mayor Tanju Özcan, who said he would propose to the northwestern province's municipal assembly a motion to charge a tenfold fee for the water bills and solid waste taxes of foreigners in reference to refugees who fled from Syria, has been launched.


Over 40 mln people receive 1st COVID-19 jabs in Turkey

More than 40 million people have received their first doses of coronavirus vaccines in Turkey, the country's health minister said on July 28. 


Fahrettin Koca also announced the latest weekly infection rates for COVID-19 across 81 provinces in total.

Turkey's road motor vehicle registrations up in June

The number of road motor vehicle registrations in Turkey increased 37.2% year-on-year in June, the country's statistics authority revealed on July 28. 


A total of 104,316 first- and second-hand vehicles were registered last month, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

Death by a Thousand Derogations: The Geneva Refugee Convention and the EU

Over the last ten years, well over a million people have taken the same step without suffering the same fate. In Greece, a gateway to the EU, those refugees and migrants that are stopped by the authorities tend to be funnelled into an overcrowded asylum system: to unsanitary camps, hostels, and purpose-built facilities.

Ankara condemns EU’s stance on partial opening of Varosha

Turkey on July 27 dismissed remarks made by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on the partial reopening of the Varosha region in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as being worthless for Turkey.


Turkish foreign minister expresses support to Tunisian people

The Turkish foreign minister expressed on July 27 Turkey's support to the Tunisian people following Sunday's coup attempt.


Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a phone conversation with his Tunisian counterpart Othman Jerandi, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Restaurants want to stay open for the vaccinated

Another lockdown will be a huge blow to Turkey's eatery industry and restaurants, a business group has warned, calling for stricter measures that will help keep businesses open in the coming months.


Antalya welcomes over 3 million tourists

Antalya, one Turkey's major holiday destinations on the Mediterranean coast, has welcomed more than 3 million tourists since the start of 2021.

Nearly half of the holidaymakers visited the city in July alone, according to a statement the Antalya Governor's Office issued.

Turkish doctor successful in conducting uterus transplant for 2nd time

A Turkish doctor successfully conducted the country's second uterus transplant in the southern province of Antalya on July 27.


Doctor Ömer Özkan transplanted a uterus from a cadaveric donor into 32-year-old Havva Erdem in an eight-hour operation in the University Hospital of Antalya with the help of a 40-member medical team, including his wife, Özlenen Özkan.

Mosque squeezed between two buildings surprises passersby

A mosque squeezed between two seven-story buildings on each side in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir has been surprising people passing by it for the first time.


"People who do not know its condition cannot find it easily as it is hidden between buildings," a local said.