Turkish prosecutors changed the nature of charges against former CHP politician Banu Özdemir so that the court could remand her in custody. Özdemir faces charges for sharing the story of "Bella Ciao" played out of speakers from the mosques in Izmir last week.
High altitude regions in Turkey received an abnormal amount of snowfall over the weekend, causing shepherds to get stranded in plateaus where they had taken their animals to graze. A 70-year old shepherd was found frozen to dead after being lost for over a day.
The remains of 261 corpses have been unearthed in Istanbul's Kilyos Cemetery, with bones stuffed in plastic boxes and stacked on top of one another, according to a report by Mezopotamya news agency. 282 bodies in a cemetery in the southeastern province of Bitlis were transported to Istanbul in late 2017 without the knowledge of the families of the deceased.
Seasonal workers in the southern province of Adana have to spend Eid al-Fitr away from their families and in tents due to their obligation to work to make a living. While it's a time for families to unite, seasonal workers, who stay in tents they set up near the agricultural lands, can't do so. "We don't return to their hometowns during Eid, because we have to finish the working season," said one of the workers, Mithat Batmaz.
95 employees of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) have been transferred to other parts of the country in a move that labor unions have blasted as 'revenge' against the workers by newly government-appointed TCDD management for the victory of opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in last year's local elections.
Filiz Gazi reports: At the latest hearing of a trial regarding the 2015 Suruç massacre on May 20 - in which ISIS killed 33 young leftists - a lawyer seeking justice for the victims has revealed that hours of surveillance footage following the attack was likely erased or concealed. The next hearing in the Suruç case has been scheduled for August 18.
Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan has announced that Turkey's exports of milk and other dairy products to China will resume, adding that 54 Turkish companies will be able to export to China.
The Italian resistance song “Bella Ciao” was on May 20 broadcast simultaneously from several mosque minarets in Turkey's western province of İzmir. The provincial religious directorate issued a statement regarding this unusual recital saying their central adhan system had been sabotaged by unidentified people.
Turkish police detained an Iranian man for hanging a towel with a U.K. flag design on his balcony in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri on May 19, which is the day that the country celebrates the Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, following complaints by the residents of the neighborhood. The man was detained as the people cheered and applauded police.
Restrictions on the export of onions as well as shrinking local demand due to the closure of hotels and restaurants amid the coronavirus outbreak have left farmers on the verge of bankruptcy. Producers have said several tonnes of onions are currently waiting to rot on the farms, calling on the gov't to lift the export restrictions.
Nearly half of the youth who vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wants to live abroad, a survey carried out by the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV) said, adding that the overall percentage stood at 62.5 percent. "Half of the youth who vote for the AKP want to live abroad even though they have been feeling the government's security for 18 years," SODEV head Ertan Aksoy said.
Turkey on May 19 celebrates the Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Millions of Turkish citizens are marking the day at home this year, contrary to previous years which saw celebratory events and concerts.
Engineer convicted in Soma mining disaster appointed as expert witness in another deadly mine incident trial
An engineer sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the 2014 Soma mining disaster that killed 301 people has been appointed as an expert witness in a trial regarding a separate deadly mining incident in Muğla in 2019. The family of one of the three dead miners filed a petition to the court and objected to having Fuat Ünal Aydın as an expert witness at the trial.
Turkish university requires studies on Vikings’ life before Christianity in ‘personalized’ job advert
Hitit University's job advert seeking studies on the Vikings' life before Christianity has stirred debate, with academics and social media users claiming that it was posted to employ a specific individual.
Since its opening in 2017, the ruling Justice and Developent Party (AKP) government has spent 46 million TL on infrastructure in a national park commemorating the iconic Battle of Manzikert of 1071. The battle, in which the Turkic Selçuk Empire defeated the Byzantines, was key to the Turkish domination of Anatolia.