Turkey's media watchdog launched an investigation into pro-government news broadcaster Akit TV for a typo that is said to be "disrespecting the Turkish Republic and Atatürk." The broadcaster misspelled the name of Atatürk's resting place in a way that meant "bray-tomb."
The environment faces the threat of a cyanide pool construction in the northwestern province of Eskişehir, with locals urging the Environment and Urbanization Ministry to halt the move. "The opening of the cyanide pool is an inevitable contract for an ever-growing devastation of nature and the expansion of the mine itself," read a petition launched on change.org for the cancellation of the project, adding that the planned pool is close to a residential area.
Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has deemed the expenses of municipalities run by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) "trade secrets," upon a parliamentary question by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Alpay Antmen. Antmen, in return, said that he didn't ask about anybody's private trade relations. "It seems that there are financial relations that they want to cover up by calling them trade secrets," he added.
CHP Istanbul chair called to testify in case into taking pictures of presidential aide’s illegal construction
CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify in the case into the taking pictures of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's house in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk. She was called on April 28 as part of the criminal complaint filed by Altun's lawyer Sezgin Tunç. She is accused of "praising a crime and a criminal," as well as "encouraging a crime."
A police officer has shot dead 17-year-old Syrian Ali al-Hamdan in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana. Although Adana Governor's Office said that he was wounded "accidentally" when police fired warning shots to the air, footage shared on social media showed Hamdan shot in the heart.
Seven countries are reportedly expected to join Turkey's international drill in the Eastern Mediterranean dubbed the "Mediterranean Shield." Algeria, Georgia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Libya, Lebanon and Tunisia are expected to join the "Mediterranean Shield" naval exercise, a pro-government daily reported.
Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry has started 24/7 live broadcast from Lake Salda, which is also known as Turkey's Maldives, "in order for our citizens to momentarily follow our efforts to protect the lake." The move came after construction attempts around the lake prompted outrage on social media.
A man reportedly released from prison with a recent judicial bill beat his wife and took his children hostage using a long-barreled weapon in the capital Ankara on April 25. He was detained after a police operation. Later in the day, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office released a statement, saying that the man wasn't released with the bill.
Turkish Airlines created the world's largest Turkish flag in the skies to mark the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day. A passenger plane created the flag in a special flight numbered TK1920, as thousands of people watched it on Flight Radar.
A man who was arrested over stabbing his wife in the southeastern province of Antep has beat his 11-year-old daughter Ceylan to death upon released from prison. The incident caused uproar on social media, since the country has been experiencing a surge in the number of violence against women and femicide cases.
The HDP has filed a complaint against Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency over a story on n "a woman, who got married at the age of 14, waiting for her husband to get out of jail," saying that it normalizes and promotes child sexual abuse. "Making the marriage of a 14-year-old child seem legitimate is without a doubt a crime and shouldn't be left unpunished," the HDP said.
Mümtaz Şenel, mayor of the Yeşilova district of the southwestern province of Burdur who is known with his efforts to protect Lake Salda, dubbed "Turkey's Maldives," and his wife Fatma Şenel were shot by unknown assailants, who reportedly told the couple that they were police officers, at around 4:30 a.m. The couple were taken to a hospital and two people were detained over the incident.
The Adana Provincial Health Directorate has sealed a field hospital constructed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) off over "not being sanitary." According to the directorate, a license application was not filed by the municipality before its construction.
The Turkish Health Ministry is reportedly planning for a gradual normalization after Eid al-Fitr, which ends on May 26. The ministry plans to take steps towards normalization after seven weeks and different measures will be implemented in different provinces starting from the beginning of June, daily Hürriyet reported.
Singer Şükriye Tutkun and art director Yudum Yontan, two neighbors of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun, has come to their defense over reports of his illegal construction in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. They said that the land that the construction was made was a dump where drug addicts were dwelling in, hence finding the construction a positive move for the neighborhood.