Turkey has officially started the Turkish Space Traveler and Science Mission project, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on May 23.
"We are officially starting the process of sending a Turkish citizen to space, within the scope of our National Space Program," Erdoğan said during a speech after the cabinet meeting.
Some 2.6 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in April, pointing to a strong 226 percent increase from a year ago.
Since the start of the year, foreign tourist arrivals have recorded three-digit increases on an annual basis. In January, foreign tourist visits rose by 151 percent, while in February and March, they grew by 187 percent and 130 percent, respectively.
Russian songs resonate throughout the streets in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir as 24-year-old Ivan Reznichenko plays his guitar to earn his daily bread.
He was paying a visit to a friend in Turkey's southwestern resort town of Bodrum when Russian troops entered into Ukrainian territories on Feb. 24.
Straight on the heels of the recent barrage of Turkish violations of Greek airspace, with flights over large, inhabited Aegean islands such as Rhodes and Kalymnos and the Imia rock islets (that led the two countries to the brink of war in 1996), and two strongly-worded Greek foreign ministry demarches to Ankara's ambassador to Athens, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar unleashed yet another a