Bodies of water

Central Anatolia’s ‘evil eye talisman’ Lake Meke dries out

Lake Meke has dried out due to years of low rainfall and wrong agricultural irrigation practices.

Located in the Central Anatolian province of Konya's Karapınar district, Lake Meke is a volcanic lake commonly known as the "evil eye talisman" for the rarity of such lakes in Turkey and its one of a kind beauty.

Migrant numbers drop on islands despite spike in arrivals

The number of migrants staying at reception centers on the Aegean islands has dropped in the first three months of the year despite a spike in arrivals.
More specifically, according to the Migration Ministry, the number decreased in January-March 2020 to 36,387 from 38,423 people in the corresponding period in 2019.

Ships moored to docks across much of the country amid bad weather

Ships remained moored in ports across much of the country on Monday following problems at sea amid winds reaching up to 9 on the Beaufort scale in the Aegean. 

Authorities imposed a ban on ferries departing from Piraeus for the islands of the Cyclades, Crete and the Dodecanese. Ferries were also banned from leaving the ports of Rafina and Lavrio. 

Turkish fighter jets fly over Evros land border

Turkish fighter jets flew over northern Evros, the Greek-Turkish land border, on Wednesday, in an indication of Ankara's determination on ratcheting up tensions. 

Specifically, a pair of Turkish F-16s conducted an overflight over northern Evros, at an altitude ranging between 10,000 and 500 feet, at 2.50 p.m.

Talks on confidence-building measures start in Athens on Monday

Talks will begin between Greek and Turkish officials in Athens on Monday to adopt confidence-building measures in a bid to reduce tensions in the Aegean.

The aim is to keep channels of communication with Ankara open so that there is a swift and political resolution of any issues that might emerge. Discussions are expected to focus on technical, military issues.