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Turkey: Agricultural, animal production hub beyond region

Turkey is an agricultural and animal production hub in the region and even for countries beyond, with its high production capacity and food security standards, according to university agriculturalist Orhan Özçatalbaş.

Outbreak still poses serious threat, warns minister

The recent spike in the number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey prompted Health Minister Fahrettin Koca to issue yet another warning to the public that the outbreak is far from over.

"The figures [from June 13] made us face the reality that the outbreak remains a serious matter," Koca said on Twitter on June 14.

Street waste collectors on front lines of COVID-19

In addition to contributing to the economy, Turkish street waste collectors help keep the environment clean and have played a role on the front lines during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although they are not in the public eye as say health care personnel, who are viewed as heroes in the coronavirus fight, waste collectors continue to work under difficult conditions nearly "nonstop."

Police detain 7 over suspected YPG/PKK links

Turkish police detained seven suspects in raids in Adana, southern Turkey, for their alleged links to the YPG/PKK terror group, security sources said on June 14.

Turkish Coast Guard rescues 93 asylum seekers

The Turkish Coast Guard on June 13 rescued 93 asylum seekers who were pushed back by Greek forces into Turkish territorial waters, according to security sources. 

The asylum seekers of various nationalities initially set off for the Greek island of Lesbos (Midilli) from Ayvacık in Çanakkale, northwestern Turkey.

Beşiktaş suffer defeat to Antalyaspor

Beşiktaş suffered a shocking defeat to Fraport TAV Antalyaspor at Vodafone Park in their first Super Lig match after the league resumed play after halting activities due to the coronavirus.

The away team took a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Sinan Gümüş and Amilton.

Turkey, Russia to hold talks on Libya, Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Turkey on June 14 for talks, the two countries' foreign ministries said on June 13.

Russian ministers’ visit to Turkey postponed

A planned visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Turkey for June 14 was postponed after a phone conversation between the foreign ministers on June 14, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

Countdown for Int'l Migration Film Festival

Turkey's International Migration Film Festival will start on June 14. 

The opening and closing ceremonies of the festival will be held in a real-time 3D virtual studio which offers the closest image to a photo reality.

So for the first time in the world, an international event will meet the audience with "augmented reality."

Turkey sends medical aid to Serbia

A truck carrying medical supplies reached Serbia on June 12 from Turkey.

The aid will help the country combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The supplies were sent by Turkey's Health Ministry and Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) upon the directives of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkish soldier succumbs to injuries

A Turkish soldier succumbed to his wounds from a terrorist attack in Syria, the National Defense Ministry said in a statement on June 12. 

He was injured in an attack on an ambulance on June 5 in the Idlib region.

The ministry expressed condolences to the martyr's family, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish nation.

Turkish defense minister, NATO chief discuss security issues

The Turkish defense minister and NATO secretary-general discussed Syria, Libya and regional issues in a phone call, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said in a statement on June 12.

Hulusi Akar and Jens Stoltenberg also exchanged views on NATO issues, said the statement.

Turkey in favor of political solution in Libya: Top aide

Turkey's presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın on June 12 said Ankara is in favor of a political solution in Libya.

Speaking to reporters after his official visit to Berlin, Kalın said Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar violated the Berlin agreement like many others before it.

Kalın said the Libyan government has recently regained strategic locations and cities from Haftar.

Ankara reacts to Twitter's move to suspend accounts

A top Turkish official on June 12 slammed Twitter's decision to suspend thousands of accounts from Turkey, calling it an attempt to smear the government.

Twitter announced overnight the suspension of over 7,000 accounts from Turkey.