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24-hour live video streaming to celebrate summer solstice

In collaboration with Yoko Ono, the Getty Research Institute and the Feminist Center for Creative Work will present a 24-hour video streaming of the sky via Zoom.

A network of international institutions will participate in a live broadcast of the sky transmitted to audiences at home.

Turkey-Azerbaijan mulls cooperation in defense industry

Among the new cooperation projects in the field of the defense industry between Turkey and Azerbaijan are unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have proven their capabilities after being used in several recent regional conflicts such as the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Turkey to leave pandemic behind 'soon': Erdoğan

Turkey will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic soon with its mass vaccination campaign, said the country's president on June 20.

Responding to a question during an online event to mark Father's Day, Erdoğan said that Turkey has been ahead of other countries in everything from health services to public safety since the beginning of the outbreak.

Fugitive businessman Korkmaz arrested in Austria

Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, a Turkish businessman, who has been sought for money laundering, was arrested in Austria on June 19 at the request of the United States.

Erdoğan condemns deadly attack on HDP office

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned an attack on the office of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the western province of İzmir last week in which a woman was killed, labeling it a "provocation."

Onur Gencer stormed the HDP office on June 17 and shot Deniz Poyraz dead. The assailant was arrested shortly after the attack.

Air passenger transport down 76.2 pct in Q1 2021 (INS)

Air passenger transport decreased by 76.2% in the first quarter of 2021, from 3,851,100 passengers to 916,500, due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, according to data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

Turkish airstrikes neutralize 4 PKK terrorists in N Iraq

Turkish forces neutralized at least four PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said on June 19.

Three of the terrorists were neutralized as part of the ongoing Operation Pençe-Yıldırım, and another one separately in Zap region, the ministry said on Twitter.

Burak Elmas elected as Galatasaray's new president

Burak Elmas was elected as Galatasaray's new president on June 19.

Elmas won the nail-biting election with 1.541 votes, receiving 41 more votes than second-placed Eşref Hamamcıoğlu.

The 47-year-old Turkish businessman previously served as a board member, becoming the 38th chairman of the club.

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Erdoğan congratulates Iran's Raisi for election win

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 19 congratulated Ebrahim Raeisi on his success in Iran's presidential election.

According to the statement by Turkey's Communications Directorate, Erdoğan wished that the poll results will lead to a more prosperous Iran.

Women's volleyball team defeats S Korea, qualifies for 2021 FIVB semifinals

Turkey's national women's volleyball team defeated South Korea to qualify for the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League semifinals.

Turkey won their eleventh match 23-25, 25-20, 17-25 and 18-25 on June 19.

They will face Brazil in their fifteenth match in the tournament on June 20 in Rimini, Italy.


Turkey lowers vaccine eligibility age, receives more doses of Sinovac's vaccine

Turkey has lowered the COVID-19 vaccination eligibility age to 30, the health minister announced on June 19.

"The age limit for vaccine appointments has been reduced to 30. People over 30 years old can make an appointment as of tomorrow," Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.

Turkish, US defense chiefs discuss security

The Turkish defense minister on June 19 discussed bilateral security and regional issues with his U.S. counterpart over the phone.

According to Turkey's Defense Ministry, Hulusi Akar and Lloyd James Austin had "a positive and constructive" conversation.

The exchange comes days after a NATO summit in Brussels on June 14.

Turkish Cypriots favor 2-state solution on island: Tatar

Turkish Cypriots are in favor of "the new policy", a two-state solution, on Cyprus as decades of negotiations for a federation failed to resolve the Cyprus issue, said the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).