Eastern Mediterranean

Erdogan trumpets two-state solution in occupied Cyprus to celebrate anniversary of invasion

By George Gilson

Exactly 47 years after Turkey's invasion of Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the Turkish-occupied Cyprus to celebrate the invasion that led to the occupation of 40 percent of the island and the ethnic cleansing of the north, leaving 200,000 Greek Cypriots refugees in their own land.

Turkey fires warning shots - attack from the sea

As it is stated, by implementing dangerous maneuvers, the Turkish ship forced the Cypriot vessel to leave the area and enter the port of Kato Pyrgos.
No more details about the incident are known yet.

#BREAKING Turkish ship fires warning shots at Cyprus coastguard: Cyprus media pic.twitter.com/QhfwOONhHb

— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 16, 2021

Lebanon Stroke by Major Electrical Power Crisis

Lebanon's two main power plants were switched off on Friday, plunging much of the country into a near-total blackout.

The shutdown - caused by the two plants running out of fuel - worsens a crisis that has seen people receive just two hours of electricity a day.

A lack of foreign currency has made it hard to pay overseas energy suppliers.

Turkey’s vice president visits Northern Cyprus

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay arrived in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) for a working visit on July 7.

According to diplomatic sources, he will hold official talks, examine the ongoing North Lefkosa Ring Road in Lefkosa, and restoration works in Bilal Agha Mosque, and meet citizens in Yenierenkoy and Bafra villages besides other engagements.

Turkey's exports to EU top $40 bln in first half of year

Turkey's exports to EU countries this January-June soared 42 percent on a yearly basis to reach $40.86 billion, according to official figures.

The country's overall exports were up 39.9 percent to $104.98 billion in the same period, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) figures.