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Turkish, British, Ukrainian defense ministers meet in Brussels

Defense ministers of Turkey, Britain and Ukraine had a tripartite meeting and discussed current issues on the sidelines of the NATO defense ministers meeting.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, exchanged opinions on regional defense and security issues, and the latest developments in Ukraine on June 16.

Turks kidnapped by Haiti gang released

Five Turkish citizens who were kidnapped by a Haitian gang last month have been released, a source close to the case said on June 15.

Details on the circumstances of their release the day before were not available, but the men - aged between 20 and 26 - are in apparent good physical health, the source said.    

Vucic with Çavuşoğlu: "Open and friendly conversation" PHOTO

The President wrote with the photo: "As always, I had an open and friendly conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, with whom I discussed the most important current geopolitical issues, but also the potential for further expansion of cooperation in investment, infrastructure and energy."

16 pct of Trabzon’s surface area prone to landslides

Some 16 percent of the total surface area of the northern province of Trabzon is prone to the risk of flooding and landslides, a risk map prepared by the Presidency of Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) has shown.

Turkey plans to lease farmlands in foreign countries

Turkey plans to lease farmlands in several counties in Africa and Latin America to grow crops to boost agricultural production amid growing global concerns over food security.

Authorities have been exploring such opportunities in 10 nations, besides Venezuela and Sudan.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Vahit Kirişçi recently discussed this plan with a group of lawmakers.

Average Turk lives 58 out of 80 years life in good health: Expert

The average lifespan of a Turkish citizen has risen to 80, with one living a healthy life until 58 and then struggling with a chronic disease afterwards, an expert has warned the parliamentary commission on elderly health.

Family accuses municipality workers drugging, seizing dogs

A family in the northwestern province of Kocaeli has accused the municipality workers of "raiding their single-family house," "drugging and seizing their dogs from the garden" without their consent.

Showing surveillance camera footage that displays the municipality workers carrying the "fainting" dogs, the Ataman family made a denunciation on June 14.

Hotels in Edirne full for lavender fest

Photography aficionados have thronged the northwestern province of Edirne to attend the "Lavender Fields Day," a festival to be held between June 16 and 19, with the occupancy rate of the city hotels hitting 100 percent, the local tourism professionals have said.

Gilead launches domestic products to local market

Gilead Sciences has launched its first domestic products to the local market with support of the Investment Office of the Presidency and in cooperation with Pharmactive.

Turkey has become one of the company's newest production bases in the world for its strategic medicines for Hepatitis and HIV diseases.

Home sales leaped 108 percent in May

Home sales rose by 107.5 percent in May from the same month of 2021, while house purchases by foreigners in Turkey increased by 236 percent, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) showed.

A total of 122,768 houses were sold last month compared to 59,166 units that changed hands in May 2021 and 50,936 in the same month of 2020.