Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mayor Hayrettin Güngör of the province of Kahramanmaraş was filmed as he told a woman “we made you Muslim” after learning that she was from the province of Trabzon. After reactions mounted, Güngör issued an apology on social media.
The pro-government think tank of SETA is being financed mainly by the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, says the German government. Serhat Albayrak, the brother of Berat Albayrak, is SETA's chairperson. In July of this year, SETA came under fire over publishing a report profiling journalists working for foreign media organizations.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is paying a two-day visit to London, conducting meetings with officials and investors. The mayor is in talks to borrow in international markets to finance infrastructure projects, especially in the area of transportation.
Turkish authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier had founded the White Helmets volunteers group.
An American ISIS fighter who has been stuck in a no man's land at the border between Turkey and Greece since Nov. 11, has been deported to the United States, the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Nov. 15. Soylu said earlier this month that Turkey would start extraditing captured ISIS militants to their home countries.
A Diyarbakır-based research center conducted a survey asking the public about the primary problems faced by the country. Results showed that the economy and unemployment were the most important concern, the second being the Kurdish issue. The survey also revealed that the state's appointment of trustees to southeastern municipalities have led voters affiliated with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to stay away from the ballot box.
The price of agricultural products increased by 18 percent over the past year.
İstanbul Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation against Belgian model Marisa Papen, for posing nude in Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar and on a Turkish flag at Cappadocia. Papen is known for her nude poses at historical sites around the world. She was previously arrested in Jerusalem and Cairo.
According to recent polls, the Justice and Development Party has been losing support while its partner, the Nationalist Movement Party, is on the rise. Though only 11.7 percent of Turks trust the judiciary, 35.1 percent of them are "happy" with their lives.
Police have detained a woman for throwing a Molotov cocktail into her husband's business in the Black Sea province of Amasya. The woman cited her husband's abusive behavior as the motive of her attack.
Journalist Ahmet Altan has been detained following a court ruling for his re-arrest just one week after being released from jail. The move came after the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office objected to the journalist's release on Nov. 4.
A family of four has been found dead in a possible case of suicide by cyanide poisoning in Turkey's southern province of Antalya. Local media has reported that the father had left a suicide note that cited financial difficulties as the reason for the suicides.
Former President of Turkey's Constitutional Court Hasim Kılıç has stated that the judiciary in Turkey is under political siege. Kılıç noted that a great majority of the Supreme Election Board and the Council of Judges and Prosecutors are appointed by President Erdoğan, who is the leader of a political party.
A key member of the Union of Turkey Bar Association (TBB) resigned from his post after a call for an extraordinary general assembly made by 12 association members--including the branches of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir—was rejected by the administration. The leadership of TBB President Metin Feyzioğlu, who has increasingly developed a stance in harmony with Erdoğan and his government, has been a source of unease among union members.
More than a year following his daughter Rabia Naz's suspicious death, Şaban Vatan visited the scene of the incident with a parliamentary commission, during which he enacted the death of the child to prove that she didn't commit suicide as alleged by the authorities, but instead hit by a car and left in the area.