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Parents happier after their children leave home

Having children may be the key to happiness and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say that children make parents happiest when they fly the nest - after they leave home. Researchers looked at data on the emotional wellbeing of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. They found that most parents were happier with life after their children left home. This could be because raising children is expensive and stressful.

A researcher said a reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned - children support their parents. The researcher said parents suffer from less depression and are more positive about life. He said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood." Healthy family relationships stop parents feeling lonely.



Donald Trump interested in buying Greenland

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is interested in buying the territory of Greenland. President Trump said any purchase of the world's second largest island would be like buying property. He said it was, "essentially a large real estate deal... They've got a lot of valuable minerals". He added: "Denmark owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up and I said, 'Certainly I'd be [interested].' Strategically, it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit." Mr Trump said buying Greenland was not his top priority at the moment. He said: "It's not number one on the burner, I can tell you that."

Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, told reporters that Greenland would not be sold. She said: "Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously." She added: "It's an absurd discussion, and Greenland's Prime Minister Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends." The USA has a history of being interested in Greenland. In 1946, President Harry Truman offered Denmark $100 million for the island but Denmark said no. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson paid Russia $7.2 million for Alaska.



Stare at seagulls to stop them stealing your food

Researchers know how to stop seagulls from stealing your French fries - stare at the birds. This tip comes from a UK university. Researchers tested this. They put some fries on the ground and checked how long it took gulls to snatch them without anyone looking at them. They did the same test, but with someone making eye contact. The birds took an extra 21 seconds to approach the food when a researcher stared at them.

The researchers said the staring deterred the gulls. Only 26 per cent of the birds tried to take the food with the eye contact. Three-quarters of the birds stood still or flew away. Gulls have a bad reputation for food-snatching. A researcher said: "Gulls often swoop in from behind and people are completely oblivious. Gulls are often seen as aggressive and...take food from humans. It was interesting to find that most wouldn't even come near during our tests."



Turkey plans for record-breaking day in tree planting

A woman helps two children plant a tree in Diyarbakır, Feb. 19, 2018. Turkey regularly holds afforestation drives to increase the number of trees.

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is inviting people to plant a tree.

The ministry announced yesterday that they are looking to set a world record by planting 3 million trees in one go - simultaneously, at the same time - and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. India currently holds a slightly different record with more than 220 million trees planted earlier this month in one day in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Ethiopia also achieved the same record of more than 220 million trees last month.

The planting events will be simultaneously held across Turkey but will concentrate on İzmir and Muğla, two western cities where forest fires destroyed hundreds of hectares of land.

The ministry said in a statement that Turkey was the third country in the world, after China and India, with highest tree planting rate and aimed to plant 7 billion saplings by 2023.

Forest fires, common in the summer, have been widespread in the country this season but the ministry says they now have more effective means to combat fires, noting that fire response time reduced to 14 minutes from 40 minutes. The ministry says more than 66,000 hectares of land have been damaged in fires in the past decade and 75.4 million trees were planted in those lands.

Turkey is also pursuing a campaign to boost the production of saplings and increase revenue from forestry products, namely fruit and honey production, for villagers. The number of income-generating forests allocated to different villages currently stands at 3,500.



Turkish archaeologists to identify grave of Seljuk sultan

burial chamber bearing the name of a Seljuk sultan and another thought to be of his mother may have been discovered in Turkey's eastern Erzurum province during excavations, officials said.

Archaeologists found the suspected grave of Seljuk Sultan of Rum Kayqubad II and his mother Gürcü Hatun during excavation works in the Ezirmik village in Pasin Plain, said Dr. Muhammed Arslan, who leads the excavations, adding that the remains will be identified through DNA tests.

Arslan noted that some sources claim Kayqubad II died in Erzurum as he was heading to Mongolia with other officials.

"While some modern sources do not mention the cause of his death, others imply that he might have been poisoned," Arslan said.

Archaeologists have collected bone and tooth samples from both tombs and will determine the reason for the Seljuk sultan's death after analysis, Arslan added.

The Sultanate of Rum was a Turko-Persian Sunni Muslim state established by the Turkic Seljuk Empire in parts of Anatolia conquered from the Byzantine Empire.

The sultanate controlled central Anatolia from the Mediterranean port of Antalya to the Black Sea port of Sinop until its disintegration in 1308.


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