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Turkey brings 98 massive forest fires under control

Ninety-eight of 107 forest fires in Turkey are under control, the nation's Agriculture and Forestry Minister said late on July 31.


Efforts to contain nine blazes are still ongoing, Bekir Pakdemirli said during a news conference at a fire management center in the Depirmenyanı district of southwestern Muğla province.

Turkey unites in fight against multiple forest fires

Turkey has mobilized and united in efforts to fight against wildfires that have wreaked havoc on swathes of the country's south and Aegean region, as the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said 107 of 112 fires have been brought under control as of early Aug. 1.


Turkey Detained Suspect over Forest Fires

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday the detention of the suspected person that may be involved in forest fires in the country.

"One person has been detained in connection with the fire in Milas. Our debt is to find those setting our forests on fire," he said at a press conference in Marmaris broadcast by NTV channel.

Bulgaria Sees Growing Migration Pressure - Interior Minister

Bulgarian caretaker Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov told Parliament that migration pressure on the country is increasing. "We are indeed seeing an increased migration pressure, the kind of pressure that also existed before the caretaker government took office," Rashkov said during a parliamentary hearing on 30 July.

Erdoğan thanks Russian counterpart for supporting fight against wildfires

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on July 31. 


Erdogan thanked Putin for Russia's allocation of five firefighting aircraft and three more helicopters for supporting Turkey's fight against forest fires across the country, according to a statement.

Two more die in southern Turkey forest fires, death toll at six

Authorities have found the bodies of two people killed during firefighting operations in Turkey's southern Antalya province, sources said on July 31, raising the overall death toll to six.


Turkey wins 1st-ever Olympic medal in archery, Gazoz claims gold

Turkish archer Mete Gazoz won the gold medal in men's individual archery final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and brought his country its first-ever Olympic medal in archery on July 31. 


Facing world no. 7 Italian archer Mauro Nespoli in the final, Gazoz, 22, won the match 6-4 and bagged gold.

Seven family members killed in Konya attack

Seven members of a family were killed on July 30 in central Turkey by armed assailants who tried to burn their house.


The Dedeoğlu family had been seriously injured in another attack in the middle of May by neighbors in the region of Konya.

10 suspects were detained, according to a statement by the Chief Prosecutor's office in Konya. 

Turkish women's volleyball team reach quarters for first time in Olympics

Turkish women's volleyball team beat Argentina 3-0 in Preliminary Round Pool B match at 2020 Tokyo to reach quarterfinals for first time in Olympics on July 31. 


Turkey fell back 5-2 with service mistakes and seemed ineffective at the start of the game but managed to win the first set 25-23.

Turkey condemns attack to UN compound in Afghanistan

Turkey on July 30 condemned an attack that targeted the U.N. compound in Afghanistan.


"We are saddened to receive the news that a police officer lost his life and many injured in an attack against the main compound of the United Nations in the city of Herat in Afghanistan today," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Syrian student in Turkey graduates top of class

A Syrian girl, 22, has graduated first in her class with top honors in Turkey.


Yasmin Nayal, who fled the Syrian civil war in 2016 and went to Turkey with her family, completed her undergraduate education in the new media department at Bahçeşehir University (BAU) in Istanbul. She completed a double major in the psychology department.

Turkish, Afghan defense ministers discuss Kabul airport

In a phone call on July 30, Turkish and Afghan defense ministers discussed the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Turkish authorities said.


In a statement, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said Hulusi Akar and his Afghan counterpart Bismillah Khan Mohammadi also addressed the regional security and bilateral relations.