Turkey rescues more than 130 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

Turkey on June 7 rescued 131 asylum seekers in the Aegean Sea after they were illegally pushed back by Greek coastal authorities into Turkish territorial waters, an official said.

Acting on a tip, the Turkish Coast Guard rescued at least 102 migrants from rubber boats off the coast of Dikili in the western Izmir province, said a coast guard statement.

20 competed in Turkey’s first women motor speedway championship

In Turkey's first motor speedway championship for women organized between May 29 and 30 in the western province of İzmir, 20 female motorcycle racers competed on the tracks.

The country's first professional female motorcycle racer, İlayda Yağmur Yılmaz, bagged the winning trophy in the race where many participants were competing for the first time in their lives.

Visitİzmir available online

A mobile tourism app, Visitİzmir, covering 30 districts, 11 categories, and 2,300 locations in the western province of İzmir, is now accessible to the public.

İzmir Mayor and İzmir Foundation President Tunç Soyer said the aim of the app, realized with the "Another Tourism is Possible" goal, is to holistically raise the prosperity levels of both the city and urban areas of the city.

Gediz Delta to turn into ‘flamingo kindergarten’

The Gediz Delta in the western province of İzmir, home to 10 percent of the world's flamingo population, will be a "kindergarten" for the baby flamingos as the hatching season has started.

"Baby flamingos that are now a part of the flock will start flying around by September," Dicle Tuba Kılıç, the head of the Nature Association, told daily Milliyet on May 10.

Letter written to quake-victim mother decade ago found in debris

A woman who lost her son and mother in a 6.6-magnitude earthquake that rattled İzmir on Oct. 30, 2020, sobbed with sorrow on Mother's Day as police found a letter she wrote to her mother a decade ago.

"I feel empty. I lost my mother and a child when I was getting used to being a mother," Yağmur Gürman told Demirören News Agency on May 9.