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Number of Syrians in Turkey exceed 3.6 million: Minister

The number of Syrian migrants in Turkey has surpassed 3.6 million, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said, while adding that more than 350,000 people have returned to their war-hit country following Turkey's cross-border security operations.

Richest 20% taking bigger slice of pie

The share of income of the richest 20% of Turkey's population in 2018 rose 0.2 points from the previous year, the country's statistical authority announced on Sept. 18. 

Turkey drops espionage charges against 2 Greek servicemen

A Turkish prosecutor has dropped military espionage charges against two Greek servicemen who were detained in March 2018 after accidentally crossing the border into Turkey in bad weather, reports say.

Bulgaria Will Finance Lung Transplants in Non-EU Countries

Bulgaria will also finance lung transplants in countries outside the European Union. This intention of the Ministry of Health has so far suppressed the protest of those waiting for a lung transplant in Bulgaria and their relatives.

Turkey to initiate own plans if safe zone deal fails: Erdoğan

A safe zone to bet set up in northeastern Syria jointly by Turkey and the U.S. can host two to three million Syrians, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, reiterating that Turkey can no longer cope with the growing refugee problem alone and calling on the EU to expand burden-sharing.

Turkey sees all-time high number of held migrants

The number of irregular migrants in Turkey reached an all-time high of over 269,000 between this Jan. 1 and Sept. 12, according to official state data.

Migrant flows to Greek islands continue unabated

Migrant flows from Turkey to the islands of the eastern Aegean continued unabated this week, with 694 people arriving on the shores of Lesvos, Samos and Chios between early Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

Mitsotakis, Kurz agree on need to boost external EU borders

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke on the phone with Austria's Sebastian Kurz on Tuesday afternoon, who wanted to be briefed about the increase in migration flows in recent weeks.

5 remanded over terror attack in SE Turkey

A local governor in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakır province assumed the office of the mayor of a district after the former mayor was remanded in custody on terrorism charges last week.

Syrian Refugees a Bargaining Chip for Turkey’s Erdogan

Turkey says it cannot cope with the burden of more than four million refugees, but a threat to open its borders should be seen in the broader context of the Syrian war, Turkish-EU relations and Balkan politics

Central gov't budget runs $12B gap in Jan-Aug

Turkey's central government budget balance posted a surplus of 576 million Turkish Liras ($102 million) in August, the Treasury and Finance Ministry reported on Sept. 16.

Thousands march to protest terror

Thousands of people took to the streets across southeastern and eastern Turkey on Sept. 14 to protest against the PKK.