Turkey will be including driver's license information on digital identification cards starting on Sept. 18, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said. The ministry is also contemplating merging digital signature data, bank card information and health insurance plans on IDs, Soylu added.
Turkey's Press Advertisement Agency (BİK) distributed dictionaries containing misogynistic, sexist and insulting vocabulary to media organizations. The documents also included insult words that the Turkish Language Association (TDK) removed from their dictionaries for being sexist.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 struck Turkey’s eastern province of Muş on Sept. 16. Authorities said that no damage has been reported so far.
Turkish experts have pointed out that although drug use in Turkey has doubled in recent years, the country's public rehab facilities are exceedingly insufficient and treatment rates for drug addiction remain low. “95 percent of all addicts are men. As the level of education increases, the rate of addiction declines. In particular, young people are the open targets of drug dealers," said an addiction specialist.
13-year-old child sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing Syrian child in Turkey’s southwest
A 13-year-old child was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a nine-year-old Syrian child in the southwestern province of Denizli. During a hearing of the case held at the Denizli Seventh Heavy Penal Court on Sept. 14, the court handed the perpetrator, identified only as A.B., seven years in prison, which is the highest sentence that can be given to minors for sexually abusing a child.
Eleven trash-collecting mules in the Black Sea town of Zonguldak were retired with a ceremony that the mayor attended. As the four-legged municipal employees retire this weekend, residents will be asked to place trash in containers.
An Istanbul court on Sept. 15 rejected the acquittal plea of seven defendants in a case related to the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Nine of the sixteen civil society figures were acquitted of all the charges in a hearing on Feb. 18, but the case of seven defendants - who are abroad and are being tried in absentia - was separated.
Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, among others, have failed to reveal their offshore executives' salaries on the grounds that the inquiry violated privacy guidelines. A main opposition deputy slammed the public corporations for withholding information about companies that are 100 percent publicly owned.
Turkish businesswoman Suna Kıraç died at the age of 79 on Sept. 15, Koç Holding has announced. Kıraç had been receiving treatment for ALS and was able to communicate via eye movement only.
Some 10 villages were affected by a sand storm that hit the Turkish capital on Sept. 12, threatening local workers' well-being and destroying their tents, a committee of officials from the main opposition said.
Police have apprehended five dealers for selling drug-filled balloons in the southern resort district of Fethiye. The drugs, which included nitrogen oxide, were being sold to foreign tourists in balloons filled via a special mechanism, authorities said.
Turkish police have detained five people over charges of “spreading propaganda” of the ISIS terror group on social media. The court ruled for the arrest of four of them, while releasing the other suspect under judicial control order, Turkish media outlets reported on Sept. 14.
Road signs displaying the Kurdish names for local neighborhoods in southeastern Van's Çaldıran district were taken down by the trustee mayor appointed by Ankara. Turkey's Interior Ministry has replaced more than 45 mayors from the HDP in southeast Turkey since the 2019 local elections.
New legislation surrounding e-scooters will restrict the vehicles' access to certain roads, place an age limit on their use and allow law enforcement to write tickets for drivers. There are currently over three million users in Turkey, the Transportation and Infrastructure Minister said.
A bus traveling from the northern province of Çorum to Istanbul toppled off the highway on the latter on Sept. 14, injuring nine people. While one injury was deemed critical, the driver's identity hasn't been disclosed yet.