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Turkey rescues 26 asylum seekers in Aegean

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.

Current account registers $2.9 bln gap in June

Turkey's current account balance posted a deficit of $2.93 billion in June, slightly down from the market expectation, according to the Turkish Central Bank data on Aug. 14.

The June figure widened by $2.8 billion from the same month last year, data showed.

The country's 12-month rolling deficit totaled at $11.1 billion, the bank said.

First coronavirus infection reported at island camp

The Vial migrant reception center on Chios has been put under full lockdown until August 25 after a 35-year-old man from Yemen and a female employee of the facility tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Police detain at least 30 women in Istanbul Convention demonstration

Police detained at least 33 women in Ankara on Aug. 12 demonstrating to defend the Istanbul Convention.

Women's rights groups and feminists have been demanding the Istanbul Convention, a Council of Europe treaty that obligates member states to fight violence against women, be fully implemented amid debates that Turkey could withdraw from it.

Ministry rejects Turkish claims about Muslim minority as laughable

The Greek Foreign Ministry dismissed accusations by Turkey on Wednesday that Greece is oppressing its Muslim community in Western Thrace as "paradoxical, if not funny." 
"History will forever be the most objective witness to the way in which Turkey has systematically eliminated all minorities in its territory during the 20th century," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Athens fires back over Ankara’s minority rights accusation

Greece and Turkey exchanged criticisms over minority rights on Wednesday with Athens saying that it is "paradoxical, if not funny" for Turkey to lecture Greece about the need to respect minority rights.

Turkey's current account to show $3 bln deficit: Survey

Turkey's current account balance is expected to show a deficit of $3 billion on average in June, according to an Anadolu Agency survey on Aug. 12. 

The country's balance of payments figures for June will be released by the Turkish Central Bank on Friday, Aug. 14.

Turkey says Greece violating rights of Muslim minority

Turkey has accused Greece of oppressing the members of its Muslim community in western Thrace, while slamming the European Union for allegedly tolerating the "systematic violation of human rights" in the country.

Ankara slams Greece over closing minority schools

Turkey slammed Greece on Aug. 11 over systematically closing down Turkish minority schools in the country's Western Thrace region, depriving the minority of the education of their choosing.

Woman dies after being set on fire by man in latest femicide

Yet another woman has been murdered in Turkey when she succumbed to severe injuries after being set on fire by a man who she reportedly lived with in the Black Sea province of Ordu's Fatsa district.  

Greek Coast Guard fires warning shots against migrant boat

Greece's Coast Guard said on Tuesday it had fired warning shots against a vessel which it said was carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece.

The incident took place at about 3.40 a.m. on Tuesday, when a private boat with an unspecified number of passengers attempted to sail towards the island of Rhodes.

Over 100 kg of heroin seized in eastern Turkey

Turkish police seized 100.1 kilograms (220.5 pounds) of heroin in the eastern province of Van, according to officials on July 27.

In a statement, the provincial security directorate said the drugs were recovered from a van stopped in the Seyrantepe neighborhood in the Tuşba district.

5 million migrants live in Turkey: Official

Turkey is currently hosting 5 million migrants, 3.6 million of whom are Syrian nationals, the general director of the country's migration authority said on June 16.

2 suspects remanded over links to ISIL

Two suspects arrested in a Turkish operation were remanded in custody on June 15 over their alleged links to the ISIL, according to judicial sources.

The suspects had been caught by Turkish security forces in the southeastern Mardin province, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Gov't budget balance posts $14 bln gap in Jan-May

The Turkish central government registered a budget deficit of 90.1 billion Turkish liras (some $14 billion) in January-May, the country's Treasury and Finance Ministry reported on June 15.

Turkey's budget revenue reached 389.1 billion Turkish liras ($60.8 billion) in the first five months of the year, up 12 percent year-on-year.