Prominent Turkish historian Dr. Necip Hablemitoğlu was assassinated in front of his home in Ankara 17 years ago. The alleged assassin N.G.B., was captured in Ukraine last week and is currently under arrest. His wife Şengül Hablemitoğlu says the perpetrators of murder of her husband is still unknown, adding that responsibility to find them shouldn't fall on the relatives of the victims.
Some 2,5 tons of anchovy were eaten at a festival in Rize in the Black Sea region. The fish took three days to clean, 75 people to cook and a 100-meter grill. An anchovy eating contest and a contest for anchovy dishes were organized.
The Council of State, the highest administrative court in Turkey, has rejected a demand that a provision which forbids unmarried couples to stay in the same room in teacher's houses (“öğretmenevi” in Turkish) be suspended. The case concerns a lawyer who wanted to stay a night with her boyfriend at a teacher's house in Istanbul's Silivri district on March 20 of this year.
Aydın İleri, who shared social posts concerning main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu while working as a librarian for the muncipality of Bergama, a district in the province of Izmir, was subjected to mobbing at his workplace and will not have his work contract renewed as of the end of this year.
The mediation process for the rights of 46 journalists who were let go from Hürriyet daily for being members of the Journalists' Union of Turkey. The Union announced that an official lawsuit was filed for the reinstatement of the journalists.
Some 94 women have been killed while under state protection between 2015 and 2019, the Turkish Interior Ministry said. The ministry also said that over 1 million incidents of violence against women occurred between 2014 and 2019, leading to the death of 1,890 women.
Turkey has seen an increase in the number of confirmed measles cases with 2,719 in 2019, the highest number since 7415 in 2013. The highest number of cases this year were reported in May with 605 cases confirmed. No cases were reported in November or December.
The top Turkish authority on raffles called for caution with social media raffles, pointing out that the public should steer clear of them unless they have a date and serial number for a permit. People have complained about the presents they won not arriving and being asked money in exchange for a gift, authorities noted.
The total area of real estate bought by Arab investors in the last 16 years exceeded 11 million square meters, according to figures released by Turkey's Environment and Urbanization Ministry. Investors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq have topped the list.
The management of Istanbul’s Şehir University, known for its close affiliation with former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu from the start, has been turned over to Marmara University. Turkey's Higher Education Board (YÖK) cited the university's “financial situation” as the reason of the transfer.
A woman on a plane from Istanbul to Northern Cyprus threatened to 'blow up' the plane on the grounds that she was a member of the Gülen organization, the main suspect for the 2016 coup attempt. She also lit a cigarette and smoked it in the cabin.
The bodies of Efe Sarp, 37, and Mert Alpaslan, 31, were found after a 17 day long search. The two bodies were both found near the location of Sarp's winter coat that was found 10 days ago. The two mountaineers were declared missing on Dec. 1 after they set out for the mountain's summit.
The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has spent more than six other ministries with a total spending of 9.6 billion liras spent in the last 11 months. Diyanet's budget for the year was initially 10.4 billion liras, but was lowered to 7.4 billion, which was surpassed by 2.2 billion liras.
Vice President Fuat Oktay responded to a nine question inquiry by an opposition MP regarding the number of personnel and the number of vehicles used by the Presidency with a one paragraph response, simply stating that the protection granted to the president was sufficient.
A Van prison has not allowed an inmate to acquire a female pet bird in addition to his existing male bird on the grounds that the birds could mate. "Birds' sex lives were the only thing the prison administration hadn't interfered with, they've done that too," said Macit Şahinkaya in a letter from Van High Security Prison.