Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Murat Kurum said that following a 2012 zoning plan aimed at protecting the Sur district, the population decreased by one-third after thousands of homes were built for residents in the Çölgüzeli and Üçkuyular districts of Diyarbakır. He defended that no one was forcibly removed from the Sur district.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has taken a loan from Deutsche Bank in order to complete a metro line on the Anatolian side of the city that has been stalled for two years. Construction works for the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli line will resume with an official ceremony on Nov. 26, with the participation of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu.
A legislative proposal allowing thermal power plants to continue to operate without modernized filters until the end of 2021 has passed the Turkish parliament. A main opposition CHP deputy said that the proposal was approved by the votes of the deputies from the ruling AKP and its ally MHP, while another CHP deputy said they will take the issue to the Constitutional Court due to the harm caused to public health and environment.
In a striking development in the case into Oct. 10, 2015 ISIS suicide attacks, missing files were found in the prosecutor's office, showing that one of the suspects who escorted attackers to the site of the massacre was known by authorities following a phone call from a fertilizer seller. "This massacre could have been prevented if he was apprehended," one of the lawyers of the complainants said.
Three suspects involved in gun attack on the U.S. Embassy in the capital Ankara last year have been given jail terms of between three and 10 years. One of the suspects in the case was acquitted of all the charges.
As dismissals and arrests of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) mayors continue, co-mayor of the Suruç district of the southeastern province of Urfa was arrested on charges of "being a member of a terrorist organization" and "making propaganda for a terror group." She was previously dismissed from her post to be replaced with a trustee.
Turkey's former military chief Yaşar Büyükanıt died early on Nov. 21 in the hospital that he was receiving treatment. Being one of the most controversial figures in Turkish political and military history, Büyükanıt is known with two significant events, with one leading Turkey into a political turmoil and forcing early elections.
Turkish authorities have arrested a lawyer of the German Embassy in Ankara, a diplomatic source said on Nov. 20. According to German media, the lawyer was responsible from providing documents related to Turkish citizens who had applied for asylum in Germany.
Turkey is developing new fault lines while its older ones are deepening, said Professor Tuna Altınel, who has faced persecution by the state since he was a signee of a petition condemning violence, calling for peace and an end to the conflict between the PKK in 2016. Altınel claimed that the Turkish government emptied it out the academia for the purpose of strengthening its own totalitarian character.
The Istanbul Office of Religious Affairs announced that, due to demand from citizens who can't make it to work on time in winter months, the morning call to prayer will be made at pre-dawn (fajr) time and morning prayers will be observed half an hour after the call.
Büşra Nur Çalar, the wife of a former adviser at the Health Ministry and a social media influencer/YouTuber in her own right, has come under heavy criticism for organizing a “pompous” baby ceremony in Istanbul’s Ihlamur Pavilion. “Vanity does not show nobleness, but instead misery. Everything has a medicine, but rottenness does not," Yusuf Kaplan, a columnist at the pro-government Islamist Yeni Şafak newspaper, wrote on Twitter, criticizing the relevant ceremony.
A recently-released parliamentary report recommended the removal of the horse-driven carriages that transport people around Istanbul's Princes' Islands, instead calling for the use of electric vehicles. Many activists have called for the banning of the horse-driven carriages, but the drivers themselves have fought hard to keep them.
Turkey's top media watchdog has urged caution when reporting suicides, saying "Our attitude towards stories that might negatively effect the mental developments of our society, children and youth will be uncompromising." Following three separate incidents of death by cyanide in ten days, a commission was formed to examine the cases.
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.