Turkey extends 15-day travel ban in 15 major cities

Turkey officially extended a travel ban in 15 major cities for 15 more days due to the pandemic, according to Interior Ministry on May 19. 

In a statement, the ministry said the travel ban will continue between May 20 and June 3 and those who do not comply with the travel restrictions will be imposed administrative fines.

Borders to open for travelers by July 1

The government has decided to open Greek borders for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel by July 1 at the latest, but possibly even earlier, from mid-June, Kathimerini understands. 

The relevant announcements are expected on Wednesday or Thursday, along with the unveiling of the government's plan to support the tourist industry.

Heat wave breaks record

Temperatures in the capital over the weekend were the highest on record for mid-May, according to the National Observatory of Athens, which said its weather station in Thiseio recorded just under 37 degrees Celsius on both days. 

Libyan army retakes key airbase from warlord's forces

Libya's army on May 18 retook Al-Watiya airbase occupied by warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias, a key airbase now back under government control after some six years under putschist forces.

The victory was announced by the media office of the government-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, citing Osama al-Juwaili, the commander of Operation Peace Storm.