Turkey commemorates the 81st death anniversary of the country's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, with life across the country coming to a standstill on the exact hour of his passing. Millions of people paid their respects to Atatürk on 9:05 a.m., as sirens blared throughout Turkey.
According to a recent report by the human rights commission of the Turkish Parliament, Silivri prison's inmate population more than doubled its official capacity. The commission also determined that the drinking water in the prison was coming through old and rusty pipes, which was resulting in health problems among the inmates.
A basketball player with disabilities has urged Turkish authorities to build an elevator in her "disability-friendly" house, saying that she leaves and comes back to her house with the help of her siblings carrying her. The house is the latest obstacle in her life, which is filled with hardships that she overcame with her ambition.
Four middle-aged siblings living together in the same home in Istanbul's Fatih district died of cyanide consumption. While some reports have described the incident as a collective suicide, according to others, Oya Yetişkin was the last of the siblings to die, which has led to speculation that she poisoned her siblings by putting cyanide in their fruit juice, and killed herself last.
Following his release from prison after 490 days, former main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Eren Erdem said that the current jailing tactic of the government is "to isolate and demoralize" people. "Those with a weak political stance might be afraid but they cannot terrorize me with pressure", Erdem told in an interview with Gazete Duvar.
Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry reportedly plans to introduce a regulation that allows cell phone operators to inform Turkish authorities on the whereabouts of local tourists.
After statements of repeated encouragement from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prior to the elections urging for the increase in the land alotted for the planting of hemp, the total area of land in Turkey in which hemp has been planted for the purpose of producing hemp seeds, fibers and oil has risen fivefold year on year. While hemp was planted on 20 hectares last year, that number rose to 100 this year.
The train stops at the Erzincan, İliç and Erzurum stations on the way to Kars, and at the Divriği and Bostankaya stations on the way back to Ankara. Stopping times are arranged so passengers can enjoy the sites and museums near the stations.
After many calls from society to "apologize to the Zaza people", including from Justice and Development Party (AKP) Vice-President Cevdet Yılmaz, Turkish TV host Müge Anlı refused to apologize.
According to Turkey's Ministry of Internal Affairs, there are 1 million 721 thousand 717 children among Syrian refugees living in Turkey. In spite of policies instituted by the Ministry of Education that are geared towards the education of young Syrians, many obstacles are in their way, such as child labor, child marriage, and peer bullying.
Eight people were detained on suspicion of being members of ISIS and preparing "sensational" attacks following the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The suspects were reportedly planning to attack Republic Day celebrations on Oct. 29.
Turkey marks the 96th anniversary of Republic Day with celebrations across the country throughout the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan released a message to mark the day, saying that the country is conducting a struggle similar to the Independence War.
Turkish authorities on Monday detained 20 foreign nationals with suspected links to ISIS. The detentions come a day after President Donald Trump announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border. It was not immediately clear whether Monday's detentions were related to Baghdadi's death.
Turkey-based Japanese earthquake expert Yoshinori Moriwaki says the possible strong earthquake expected near Istanbul could have a magnitude of 8 or 8.5.
Many Syrians in Turkey have been living with fears of being sent back to their homeland. Yusuf Abbas came to Turkey by himself illegally in 2012. His older sister and uncles live in the Syrian city of Manbij. When asked about the possibility of being sent back to Syria to the safe zone that Turkey intends to establish, Yusuf said: “I'll go to Izmir and take the first boat across to a Greek Island."