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Forest fire destroys over 1,200 acres of land

Forest fires have consumed some 500 hectares (over 1,200 acres) of land in İzmir, Turkey's Aegean coast, an official said on Aug. 19.

Turkey prevents 330 migrants from crossing into Lesvos

Turkish authorities announced Sunday that they had arrested 330 migrants attempting to cross into the Greek island of Lesvos, opposite Turkey's western coast overnight Saturday.

The arrested migrants, in seven separate operations, were from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Turkey condemns suicide bombing in Afghanistan

Turkey strongly condemned a terrorist attack at a wedding hall in Afghanistan's capital Kabul killing over 60 people and injuring nearly 200 people.

Worker finds $360K, turns it in to owner

A municipal worker in Turkey's Aegean province of Manisa found a bag containing 2 million Turkish liras ($360,000) in a local park, returning it to its bereft owner.

Turkey marks 20th anniversary of Marmara earthquake

Turkey marked the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Marmara earthquake, the worst seismic disaster in the country's recent history that killed around 18,000 people and wounded 50,000, with various commemoration events organized across the Marmara region on Aug. 17.

Numbers of German tourists decline

A recession at home, combined with Greek hotels' loss of competitiveness, due to their being overburdened by taxation, and the recovery of destinations such as Egypt and Turkey, has led to a drop in the number of German tourists this year.
Reservations by Germans on Crete were down 6 percent in July compared to the same month last year, while those in Rhodes dropped 5 percent.