Colombia has announced that it seized 5 tons of cocaine in a single operation, in the biggest drug bust since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. Authorities have said that the drugs were headed for Turkey
Watchmen in Turkey will have the authority to use force and weapons in accordance with a bill approved in parliament. According to the two articles that stipulate granting watchmen the said authorities, the watchmen will be able to apprehend those sought with a warrant and hand them over to security forces in the area.
Upon the report of a northern Turkey shepherd, gendarmerie and officials from the Nature Protection and National Parks Directorate have started a search for a lion in Çorum. The shepherd's report of a lion sighting followed two animals' disappearance, prompting a search. Both the missing cattle were found, but no lion was detected.
A group of drivers who were celebrating sending off a young man to military service were fined a total of almost 25,000 Turkish Liras for drifting in the street, driving without licenses and disrupting traffic. Five people were taken into custody, including one driver who fired a gun in the air.
Recipients for Turkey's Presidential Awards for Culture and Arts will effectively be chosen by the president himself, a list of regulations in the Official Gazette said. The winners of a vote among the judges will be up for approval by President Erdoğan before they can be awarded.
Hearings in the trials for suspects in two 2015 bomb attacks and two deadly train accidents in 2018 are slated to resume after a three-month suspension in judicial activity that was imposed in Turkey amid measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkish prosecutors have given 15 days to 11 executives of the Ankara Bar Association to submit their defenses over their criticism of Diyanet head Ali Erbaş's homophobic remarks in April.
The family of a Turkish soldier said to have committed suicide has challenged the official report, saying bruises and scars on their son's body were a sign that “he has been murdered.”
Turkey's Education Ministry has given the same response to two separate parliamentary questions submitted by an opposition deputy. The inquiries that Ersoy submitted pertained to two separate books that were being distributed in public schools, to which Minister Ziya Selçuk replied by giving the same generic legally-worded explanation.
A Turkish soldier who was wounded in the Syrian province of Idlib died on June 7 after more than 40 days in the hospital. The soldier's body was taken to his hometown of Tokat for his burial.
Turkey's Interior Ministry has said that the country's pseudo-police force of "neighborhood watchmen" are allowed to ask people for identification and conduct random controls.
Turkey is in talks with the UK for the creation of a “travel corridor” to welcome British tourists from July, the Financial Times reported. A Turkish government official told the newspaper that the agreement with the UK is close and that a provisional date for the restart of travel between the two countries has been set for July 15.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and senior military officials inspected the troops in Şanlıurfa on the Syrian border on June 5. Akar held face-to-face and videconference meetings with the commanders on the border. President Erdoğan also attended some of these meetings by phone and praised the military’s cross-border operations.
The Ankara Governor's Office said that businesses were only allowed to play music "to be listened to," and not "to be danced to." Meanwhile, the governor's office extended the closure of entertainment venues.
Turkish schools will start the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 31 to provide three-week long make-up classes, as students missed more than two months of classroom instruction because of the novel coronavirus.