Central Anatolia Region

American to be deported soon after ‘suspiciously’ releasing fish into lake

A U.S. citizen has been sent to the capital Ankara for deportation after "suspiciously" releasing fish into a dam lake without permission in the Central Anatolian province of Konya.

Chesterr Juall called a taxi on April 27 and told the driver that he wanted to go to Beyşehir Lake.

When the taxi arrived at Altınapa Dam Lake, Juall asked the driver to stop the vehicle.

Nearly 700 Turkish nationals evacuated over virus

Nearly 700 Turkish nationals were repatriated on May 16 from the United States and Kyrgyzstan as part of an initiative by Ankara over the coronavirus pandemic.

An exclusive Turkish Airlines flight with 354 Turks from the U.S. landed in the Black Sea province of Ordu. Separately, 330 Turks were evacuated from Kyrgyzstan and landed in metropolis Istanbul.

Turkey marks 743rd anniversary of Turkish language

Turkey's president marked the 743rd anniversary of the Turkish language on May 13. 

In 1277, Mehmet I of Karaman, a province in central Anatolia, declared Turkish as the official language of the Karamanid dynasty.

"We always defended the interests of our country and the right of the oppressed in Turkish," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter.

Turkey delays bicycle races due to COVID-19 pandemic

All cycling competitions to be held in Turkey until June have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Turkish Cycling Federation announced on April 13.

"All scheduled activities until June 6 are postponed to a later date because of the coronavirus pandemic. New racing calendar will be announced later," the federation said in a statement.