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More than 70 detained over suspected links to FETÖ

Turkey on June 2 detained 72 people, including on-duty soldiers, over suspected links to FETÖ, the group behind the defeated coup in 2016.

Prosecutors in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for 118 people, including 98 on-duty soldiers, as part of an investigation into FETÖ.

Turkish police carried out anti-terror operations in 35 provinces.

Turkey grants 90-day visa exemption to Palestinians

Turkey on June 2 approved a 90-day visa exemption for Palestinian citizens holding diplomatic passports.

The exemption applies to tourism, official visits and transit passage once every 180 days, according to the official gazette.

Earlier, they were exempted from visa for a period of 30 days.


Turkey to continue protecting its right in East Med: Foreign Ministry

Turkey is "determined" to use its sovereign rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said on June 2 after the Greek foreign minister said a Turkish attempt to start drilling for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean was "a new provocation."

Top Turkish, US officials speak over phone

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın on June 1 held a phone conversation with U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien, according to the spokesperson's office.

The two officials discussed various issues including recent developments in Syria and Libya, the fight against COVID-19, the fight with terrorism, and recent protests in the U.S.

Turkish claims on EastMed are ‘within the limits of international law'

Turkey's ambassador to Greece told Greek diplomats on Monday that his country's positions on the Eastern Mediterranean, the demarcation of maritime zones, the Cyprus issue, hydrocarbon exploration and Libya are "well-known and transparent" and "within the bounds of international law," according to Turkish diplomatic sources.

Greece summons Turkish ambassador over gas exploration applications

Greece's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Turkish ambassador to deliver a demarche over the publication in the Turkish government's gazette of Turkish Petroleum's (TPAO) applications for an exploration permit in areas of the Greek continental shelf, diplomatic sources said.

Turkey marks 109th anniversary of air force

The Turkish Air Force on June 1 marked its 109th anniversary.

Marking the occasion, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar released a message lauding the air force's modern technology and top-flight personnel with over a century of experience.

Turkish Parliament to re-convene with busy agenda

The Turkish Parliament is set to re-convene on June 2 after nearly a 45-day break with a busy agenda, as the country has lifted many of the restrictions imposed in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

9 detained for aiding YPG/PKK terrorists

At least nine people were detained on June 1 for suspected links to YPG/PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey, according to a security source.

Turkey planning hydrocarbon exploration near Greek islands

Sections of 24 blocks outlined in the Turkish Government Gazette on May 30 stemming from the contentious maritime borders agreement signed last November between Turkey and the Tripoli-based government in Libya come within or beyond 6 nautical miles of the coasts of eastern Crete, Kasos, Karpathos and Rhodes, and overlap the Greek continental shelf.

Turkish Intervention Changes Dynamics in East Med, For Now

Turkey's gambit in Libya seems to be paying off in terms of altering the course of the war there - but whether it can translate these gains in the East Mediterranean into something more permanent is less clear.

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 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.