The governor's office at the northern province of Düzce banned the sale of alcohol in local restaurants and cafes. A local business representative said that the governor's decision was to make sure said businesses didn't qualify as an entertainment venue, which are mandated to remain closed as part of COVID-19 measures.
Turkey's flagship carrier Turkish Airlines will resume European flights on June 18, the company spokesperson said. The airline will be operating flights from 14 provinces in Turkey to 16 European destinations at first.
Turkey's Health Ministry extended the legally required time for pregnancy leave by two months. "Everything else must stop if there's a baby to be welcomed to the world, or everything else should be done by someone else," Minister Koca said in his announcement.
The influential philosopher, academic, writer and translator Oruç Aruoba, often referred to as the "Turkish Nietzsche," passed away at the age of 72 on May 31. Aruoba was instrumental in bringing a number of classics of literature, poetry and philosophy into the Turkish language as the translator of works by writers such as Hume, Rilke, Wittgenstein, Von Hentig, Basho, and Celan.
İzmir's Efes Selçuk district, most well-known for the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, one of Turkey's most iconic tourist destinations, has launched a sweeping project focusing on local, sustainable agricultural production. “The coronavirus became a very clear indicator for why we started this. We need to incentivize production, and get people involved in agriculture, because there is already enough of an unemployment problem in this country,” Efes Selçuk Mayor Filiz Çeritoğlu Şengel told Duvar.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the government would be implementing new tobacco taxes, because they love smokers and they want to discourage their habit. The president is a life-long campaigner against tobacco, even known to have confiscated cigarettes from people.
Turkey's probation law, implemented in 2005, allows courts to custom-tailor punishments to convicts. Some "sentences" that persons were handed were taking a spouse out to dinner, a ban on approaching the sea, watching sports competitions outside and distribute pamphlets about drunk driving.
The Turkish Culture and Tourism has cancelled a project that sought to build a boat yard in Antalya's Manavgat district, and instead leased the land for the construction of four golf hotels. NGOs in the area announced that they will take the government's move to the court as the new project is against the interests of the locals.
Islamic prayers were on May 29 recited at the Hagia Sophia museum to commemorate the anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. President Erdoğan joined the Quran recital via videoconference and addressed the nation in a speech.
A company owned by the Ankara provincial vice-president for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was awarded a 415,000 TL tender to shoot photographic and video footage of damage caused by an earthquake that struck the Eastern Anatolian city of Elazığ in January of this year.
A shocking video has emerged of a cross being ripped down from the entrance of an Armenian church in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. The incident comes just a few weeks after another attack on an Armenian church in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district.
Turkish Airlines has announced its new safety rules for coronavirus-era air travel, saying that carry-on bags will not be allowed in the cabin area and passengers will board and get off the plane one by one, waiting for their seating number to be announced.
Ahmet Türeli, 21, was found seriously wounded while doing his military service in Turkey's eastern province of Van last week. The military ruled his death as suicide, but Türeli's family said they do not believe this explanation and intend to open an investigation into the matter.
AKP Istanbul councillor legitimizes killing of woman by boyfriend, says couple ‘was having extramarital life’
A councillor from the ruling AKP has legitimized the recent brutal killing of a woman by her boxer boyfriend, saying: "The story is the same, a freedom-lover woman and a death story that takes places in an extramarital life."
Trains and planes will resume operations at the end of May, and will operate at 50 percent capacity. Passengers will be required to provide a unique code, obtainable only through the Turkish Health Ministry's mobile app. While Turkish citizens aren't mandated to use the app, they will not be able to purchase travel tickets without it.