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Big wildfire forces evacuations near Turkish Marmaris resort

More than a thousand firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, on June 22 battled a wildfire that erupted overnight near a popular resort in southwestern Türkiye forcing dozens of home evacuations.

Nearly 1.4 million water birds counted across Türkiye

There are nearly 1.4 million water birds from 104 species in 135 wetland areas across Türkiye, according to a report issued by the country's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.

The number was more than 2.3 million in 2020 and 1.7 million in 2021.

Turkish captain saves 95 migrants off Malta

A Turkish captain has saved the lives of some 95 irregular migrants abandoned on the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.

Some 92 Bangladeshi, two Egyptians and a Moroccan were trying to pass from Africa to Italy in a dinghy.

According to local reports, a Maltese Coast Guard aircraft detected the dinghy and made an official Mayday signal.

Schooling rate of girls surpass boys in Türkiye: Minister

For the first time in Türkiye, the schooling rate of the girls has surpassed the boys, the country's education minister has said.

Speaking in an event in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on June 21, Mahmut Özer noted that the number of the female students topped the number of the male students in the country without giving further data.

A Journalist Persecuted in Russia was Advised to avoid Bulgaria

Andrei Soldatov - one of the best experts in the media on what is happening in the Russian secret services, was advised not to travel to Bulgaria because the country is too close to Moscow for him to feel safe.

According to the Russian-language newspaper "Meduza" other similar countries whose borders it is not advisable to cross are Hungary, Serbia, Turkey and Armenia.

Turkey: Huge Forest Fire in Marmaris

A huge forest fire broke out in Marmaris on Tuesday night. According to officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, about 1,600 people are fighting the flames in the Amazon Bay in the area of Bordubet, BGNES reported.

Great expectations from the Mitsotakis – Draghi dinner

A day before the EU Summit, Athens, turns its attention to Rome, focusing on the dinner Mario Draghi has invited the Greek PM to on Wednesday night. Government sources describe the Italian prime minister's table with his Greek counterpart as a one-on-one meeting that will help build closer relations.

Greek-Turkish relations on the table

Firefighters battle to control wildfire in Marmaris

Firefighters are intervening by land and air to control a wildfire that broke out overnight in a forest in southern Türkiye.

The cause of the fire in Marmaris district of Muğla province is still unknown. The flames spread in a short time due to winds.

Türkiye to host Ukraine grain talks next week: Report

Türkiye next week will host Russian, Ukrainian and U.N. officials for talks aimed at resuming stalled grain exports across the Black Sea, media reported on June 21. 

The meeting in Istanbul would be preceded by a visit to Moscow by a Turkish defense delegation this week, CNN Turk cited Turkish presidential sources as saying.

Saudi crown prince pays visit to Türkiye

Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler will on June 22 take another step towards breaking his international isolation by paying his first visit to Türkiye since the murder in 2018 of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

Legal base formed for glamping in Türkiye

Glamping, also known as "vacationing in luxurious tents," is an important tourism alternative and Türkiye has established the legal base for it, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has said.

Coral bridge between the Mediterranean and Marmara Sea to be restored by 2024

The vital underwater coral bridge between the Mediterranean and Marmara Sea is expected to be fully restored by 2024, thanks to DP World Yarımca's Yellow Coral Conservation Project that is being carried out with Istanbul University and the Marine Life Conservation Society (DYKD).

Türkiye’s installed solar power capacity expected to reach 30 GW by 2030

Türkiye's installed solar power capacity, which stood at 7.82 GW in 2021, is expected to increase to 30 GW by 2030, the International Solar Energy Community Türkiye Section (GÜNDER) has said in SolarPower Europe's "Global Market Outlook 2022-2026" report.

Food firms eye larger share in US market

Turkish food companies, seeking to increase their exports to the U.S to $2 billion in four years, made a strong presence at New York Summer Fancy Food Show.