Four migrants are missing after a boat sank off of Turkey's Aegean coast in the early morning of June 28. While coast guard rescued 35 migrants off of the sinking boat, the search for the missing four is ongoing.
Turkey's Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu refuted claims that a pandemic hospital that was built in Istanbul's Atatürk Airport had damaged the runways. The minister claimed that the equipment didn't interrupt operations and that the only way a plane would land in the airport was in an emergency.
Turkey's ruling AKP has submitted a legislation proposal to the parliament which seeks to expand the scope of the security investigations launched into candidates for state employee positions to include students in higher education. The opposition has blasted the proposal as a means of the state getting rid of candidates that it deems problematic from the start.
Muhammet Emin Akbaşoğlu, the group deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is the fourth Turkish lawmaker whose coronavirus test came back positive. Last week, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had announced that three of its deputies tested positive for the virus, without disclosing the identities of the MPs.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck Turkey's southeastern province of Van on June 25. The quake hit Van's Özalp district at 1:03 p.m. local time at a depth of 6.9 kilometers, according to Turkey's National Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that Istanbul residents received dirty water from the capital for three years under the previous administration from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Yavaş said that the AKP municipality had diverted funds from necessary work by spending instead on unwise investments.
A former co-mayor from the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) was convicted and acquitted in two separate cases that he's accused of collecting medication for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Bitlis prosecutors decided last week not to prosecute Ahmet Demir, who has been behind bars for four years. However, the co-mayor was previously convicted in a separate case on the same legal grounds and received a seven-year prison sentence.
A recent draft bill by a group of deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggested increasing the cap on after-hour alcohol sale fines by three-fold. The drafted bill would allow sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. to be fined up to 320,000 liras.
Turkey's first communist mayor Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu tested positive for COVID-19, urging all district mayors in the city to self-isolate at home. The mayor of the eastern town of Dersim, Maçoğlu had tested positive on June 22 and was admitted to the local state hospital.
A theme park in the capital that cost $750 million to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) municipality at the time is rotting away, news broadcaster FOX TV reported. The theme park closed down in early 2020 because the private management firm was unable to pay electricity debts.
One soldier killed, two wounded after coming under fire from across Iranian border in Turkey’s southeast
One Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded in southeast Turkey as they came under fire from the Iranian side of the border, Turkey's Defense Ministry said on June 24. The name of the soldier was revealed as 23-year-old Recep Durak. His family in the eastern province of Elazığ was notified of his death on June 24.
The chief public prosecutor in Mersin placed 14 people on probation in one month, opening an investigation into the individuals including Kurdish artist Kadir Çat. "I guess it's a terrorist crime to photograph and reveal the destruction brought upon a city and the filth of war," Çat said, who was questioned about his trip to Kobanî.
Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) Foundation has reportedly purchased a private school founded by a religious cult in the capital Ankara. While the details of the purchase are not clear yet, the number of private schools belonging to the foundation increased to two. It previously purchased a school in the western province of İzmir.
A Syrian national died and eight people were hospitalized after heavy rains lashed Istanbul on June 23, flooding streets, shops and basement homes. The worst-hit district was Esenyurt, where a stream has burst its banks.
President Erdoğan once again referred to "destiny" while explaining the death of five people who died in flash floods in the northwestern province of Bursa. Erdoğan had also raised eyebrows six years ago after saying the Soma mine disaster was part of the mining profession's “destiny.”