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Probe underway, teams search for trace of arson in fires in Turkey’s south

,Prosecutors are investigating the causes of wildfires that have been raging through Turkey's south, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said early July 30.

"They are looking into every aspect of the incidents and every possibility and all authorities are taking the necessary measures," he said on his Twitter account.

Two children accused of Marmaris fire say they were burning books

Two children at the age of 10 have confessed that they have burned a forestland in the Aegean province of Muğla's Marmaris district, where one person died, while "burning books."

The two boys' testimonies could be taken with the help of a pedagogue.

Some 30,000 people visit ‘Van Cat Villa’

Some 30,000 people have visited a center in the eastern province of Van, where rare Van cats have been put under protection, since June 1.

Van cats are domestic cats found in the Lake Van region that are famous for having heterochromia (having one eye of blue, the other of amber color).

People’s Alliance to continue as long as the nation wants: Bahçeli

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said his party's People's Alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would continue as long as the people of Turkey want.

"We did not just form an electoral alliance," he told daily Türkgün in an interview on July 30.

Turkish, Algerian presidents discuss developments in Tunisia on phone

Turkey's president and his Algerian counterpart spoke on the phone on July 30, according to a statement by Turkey's Communications Directorate.


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Algeria's Abdelmadjid Tebboune discussed regional matters, especially Turkish-Algerian relations and developments in Tunisia, said the directorate statement.

Balkan Insight’s Week in Pictures

People dive into the sea during a heatwave in Varkiza, a town near the Greek capital of Athens on July 29, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/Yannis Kolesidis.

A man leaves the beach in Lagonisi near Athens, Greece, on July 29, 2021.  Photo: EPA-EFE/Yannis Kolesidis.

Bulgaria's Caretaker Interior Minister: Migration Pressure on Bulgaria is Increasing

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 held on a motion by the formerly ruling GERB party.

More than 42 pct of adult population vaccinated in Turkey

More than 26 million people have been fully vaccinated in Turkey, corresponding to more than 42 percent of the population aged 18 and above, with the total doses of jabs administered nearing 72 million since a mass vaccination campaign that was launched in January, according to official figures.


Turkey's Q2 tourism income jumped 22.5%

Turkey's tourism revenue hit nearly $3 billion in the second quarter of this year, the country's statistical authority announced on July 30. 


The figure was up almost 22.5% from the previous quarter, said the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

President appoints Marmara University rector as YÖK chair

The president of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç, became the chief adviser to the president upon the expiration of his term, while Marmara University Rector Prof. Dr. Erol Özvar has been appointed as a member and president of YÖK, according to a presidential decree published on the Official Gazette.

Turkey's foreign trade gap at $2.85 bln in June, exports soar

Turkey's foreign trade deficit stood at $2.85 billion in June, the country's statistical authority said on July 30. 


In June 2021, foreign trade deficit decreased by 0.2% compared with same month last year, TÜİK said in a statement.

Over 145 irregular migrants held in central Turkey

A total of 147 irregular migrants were held in central Turkey early on July 30, according to officials.


The Ankara Provincial Gendarmerie Command said in a statement that the irregular migrants, including five Pakistanis, 142 Afghan nationals and two migrant smuggling suspects were held in the trailer of a truck stopped on the Ankara-Niğde highway.

Leaders extend condolences to Turkey over massive forest fires

Officials from Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Turkish Cyprus offered their condolences to Turkey on July 29 over the massive forest fires in its southern provinces which have claimed the lives of three people.


Authorities launch second phase in fight against mucilage

After weeks of meticulous efforts as part of a cleanup campaign to clear a mass of mucilage from the Marmara Sea, Turkish authorities are moving to a second phase in the fight against the jelly-like layer of slime that developed on the surface of the sea.


Turkish actor guest-starred on ‘Into the Night’ Netflix series

Turkish actor Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ made a guest appearance on the second season of Netflix's Belgian series "Into The Night."

According to a statement from the company, Netflix announced a new cast joining the second season of the series.