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BODRUM, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's coastguard said it rescued 35 migrants from a boat found half sunken in the Aegean Sea early on Monday, and was searching for four more missing people.

The migrants were rescued around 2:45 a.m. (2345 GMT) near a small island off the coast of Ayvalik in Turkey's western Balikesir province, the coastguard said.

Greece has been the main gateway into the European Union for people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and beyond, largely via its islands near the Turkish coast. More than a million people reached its shores from Turkey in 2015-16.

Earlier this year, tens of thousands of migrants tried to cross into Greece via land and sea borders after Ankara said it would no longer stop them, as it had agreed in a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for European aid for Syrian refugees.

Turkey, which hosts about 3.6 million Syrians, the world's largest refugee population, said it lifted restrictions on the migrants because it was alarmed by the prospect of another wave of refugees fleeing war in northwest Syria.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Andrew Heavens)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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Liam’s List: Your Guide To Fitness, Food, Fun, Staying Connected While Social Distancing

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — KCBS reporter Liam Mayclem will be providing KPIX 5 users with a weekly tip list on how best to survive the current coronavirus outbreak.

Listen up Deadheads. The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast is available now on all podcast platforms and is hosted by musician Rich Mahan and rock journalist Jesse Jarnow. Each episode of the first season focuses entirely on the story behind each Workingman’s Dead song; Episode 1, premiered this week and centers on “Uncle John’s Band,” and features an impressive guest list like producer Bob Matthews and legendary Dead tour manager Jim Cutler.

Listen to the story about one of America’s most beloved baseball stars, number 24 Willie Mays. The book is now available in audio form, narrated in part by the great Bob Costas. Hear inspiring stories & life lessons from the greatest living SF Giant. I had a moment with the “Say Hey Kid” at the 2010 SF Giants World Series parade when he told me why the team won? “It’s all about one thing – unity” Mays told me. Enjoy that first SF Giants parade here: Thx to producer Jimmy Reid for posting.

The book by Willie Mays can be downloaded via audible or pick up the hard copy at your local bookstore.

Sunday 4:30pm on KPIX

Learn about traditional Puerto Rican music and dance as part of its Summer Education programs now available online. Plus, catch the latest Stern Grove BEST OF THE BEST Sunday at 4:30pm on KPIX featuring Aaron Neville and the Bay Area’s own Fantastic Negrito. Yours truly hosts.

The staycation is back in vogue as we all look for places nearby to escape to. I highly recommend Hotel Healdsburg for an overnight or week long getaway. The Hotel is running a Sunmer special that includes a $100 resort credit, breakfast for 2, parking and a welcome bottle of wine. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner too at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. This outdoor oasis in Healdsburg not only provides proper social distancing & stellar service but serves as a verdant escape. This is Sonoma wine country at it’s best.

New music from ⁦‪@KidCudi‬⁩ & ⁦‪@Eminem‬⁩ . “Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” is on point touching on recent #BLM events, sport, and even mask wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.. The single is catchy and is available now for download or watch the animated lyric video via ⁦‪@YouTube‬⁩.

Treasured Zoos across the country are threatened with permanent closure due to massive financial losses during the COVID-19 shut down. Tbe East Bay’s Oakland zoo holds a special place in my heart. I have hosted many events there over the years and since 2010 have been the voice of the Zoo’s Outback Express. Please consider a donation to the animal fund at They need all the help they can get right now. Save our zoos.

Baseball season starts July 23rd with SF V LA. Warm up games are already underway and while we cannot attend games in person we can enjoy all the action via partner media stations and via MLB.

NOW on Netflix

High School Musical star Zac Efron, joins forces with “wellness expert” Darin Olien on Netflix’s new series Down to Earth With Zac Efron. Food plays a key role in Down to Earth, but if you’ve seen Efron’s abs — appearing at the 20-minute mark of one of two episodes made available pre-launch by Netflix — you can probably guess that the series isn’t designed as a tour of international pizza stores, but he does eat carbs. Phew!! Efron is no Anthony Bourdain but he’s loveable and is a guy who is curious, environmentally conscious and he does a grand job inviting us along for his adventures. Enjoy this preview.

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