A man currently on trial in the southern city of Adana for molesting his two young children is still employed at the city's women and children's hospital as he awaits further hearings. Lawyer Sevil Aracı of the Adana Women's Platform said that her organization will not let the matter go.
Turkey's Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk has criticized the Turkish government's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying: "To convert it back to a mosque is to say to the rest of the world unfortunately we are not secular anymore."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that the government will open Istanbul's Hagia Sophia for worship on July 24. Erdoğan made the comments soon after he handed over the iconic structure's control to the country’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) following a court ruling revoking its status as a museum.
44 pct of Turks believe conversion of Hagia Sophia an attempt to divert attention from economic crisis
Some 44 percent of Turkish people believe that iconic Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque is primarily about shifting people's attention away from the current economic crisis, according to a survey conducted by Ankara-based Metropoll. “It is in vain to expect a political gain from the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, if there is such an expectation,” said Metropoll chairman Özer Sencar.
A building with a murky past in downtown Ankara is now displaying the Presidency's Communications Directorate's name and seal, daily Cumhuriyet reported. The building used to be owned by businessman Akın İpek who is now a fugitive defendant in the case against U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen.
Lawyers who were waiting outside Ankara's Kuğulu Park to support bar association heads protesting in a sit-in got blocked by police as they marched to parliament. The legal professionals are all in the capital to protest a draft bill on the parliament floor that would dilute bar associations' authorities.
Bar association heads who marched to the capital Ankara to protest a judicial decentralization bill spent the night in a deadlock with the police who has the presidents' sit-in surrounded by a barricade. As lawyers outside the park wanted to join the bar association heads, police banned both entries to and exits from the park.
A recent simulation by Istanbul Municipality revealed the southern suburbs of the city to be the highest-risk areas in a potential earthquake. While the suburbs are located on both sides of the city, they're all placed alongside the southern Marmara Sea shoreline.
Police have formed barricades around bar association heads who staged a sit-in at the central Kuğulu Park in the capital Ankara in protest of a government bill allowing for the formation of multiple bar associations in each province. Lawyers who came to the area in support of the bar association heads slammed the police's action saying the park cannot be closed off to the public.
Explosion in truck carrying fireworks from factory that was rocked by a deadly blast last week kills 3 soldiers
An explosion in a truck carrying fireworks killed three people and wounded 12 others in the northwestern province of Sakarya on July 9. The truck was transporting fireworks from a factory in the province that was also rocked by a blast on July 3 for their disposal.
A boat that sank on Van Lake in eastern Turkey is believed to have had 55 to 60 migrants onboard, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on July 8, adding that six bodies had been recovered so far. The lake is located on the path of migrants attempting to reach western Turkey from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.
Istanbul's Üsküdar Municipality banned roasted sunflower seeds, along with other shelled seeds, to prevent pollution of environment. A cheap alternative, roasted sunflower seeds are a favorite snack for Turkey's population.
Enrollment in religious-training Imam Hatip schools has been more than the enrollment in the high school Imam Hatip schools. Enrollment in the imam-training high schools fell in the academic year 2018-2019.
Some 276 migrants were recovered on a boat in the western province of Izmir, where eight alleged smugglers were also detained. The migrants were reportedly kept in effectively dark compartments with little to no clean air.
One of the owners of a fireworks factory in Turkey's Sakarya province has been arrested as part of an investigation into an explosion that left seven people dead last week. State-run Anadolu Agency said that the two owners were father and son, and the father was released under judicial control.