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.
National holiday May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day can be celebrated in stadiums once again after seven years, the Council of State ruled. Until 2012, the May 19 celebrations used take place in stadiums. The Education Ministry issued a circular in 2012, saying that the celebrations would be limited to school premises only.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has submitted a package regarding articles of a law concerning the security investigation into candidates for state employee positions that was recently cancelled by the Constitutional Court (AYM) as it lacked the mechanisms to protect personal data and the details of one's private life.
The recently-appointed mayor of the district of Kızıltepe in the southeastern province of Mardin cut financial support for the district's football squad, on the grounds that the players and the team's management are members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Last month, the government removed Kızıltepe's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) mayor Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz from her office.
Batman's Yazidi families have recently been exposed to several attacks by members of the Karabulut and Biter clans, to whom they had temporarily entrusted their lands in the 1990s before leaving for Europe. Although the Turkish courts have ordered these two clans to give the lands back to their rightful owners, the clans have been harassing the families to deter them from resettling in their lands.
An eight-day-long leadership program which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter Esra Albayrak said will “contribute to the development of a stronger generation of Muslim women,” has cost the government over 1 million Turkish Liras. A total of 50 female Muslims women have been selected to participate in the program, organized by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services.
A pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) businessman has said that if President Erdoğan were to ever give up on the Russian-made S-400 missile systems, he would be at odds with the president. "If Erdoğan had not quarreled with the U.S., I would not have stood by him," Ethem Sancak said during a TV program.
Member of the ruling Justice and Development Partuy (AKP) Burhan Kuzu responded with a profanity to a false claim by a false account that he had attempted to join the new Future Party and had been rejected. Upon Kuzu's reply, the fake account responded with "Your level of manners is exactly why we REJECT YOU!" The official Future Party account released a statement that "an unofficial Twitter account has been used as a news source."