Responding to a parliamentary inquiry from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu regarding what the ministry was doing to combat youth unemployment, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu responded by saying that they conducted a personal development workshop that was attended by 59,292 people. Overall unemployment rates have stubbornly remained in the double digits for the past several, currently standing at 14 percent.
Police witnesses in the ongoing murder trial of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed by 17-year-old Ogün Samast in front of his office in Istanbul's Şişli neighborhood in 2007, said that restructions came from up to take a photograph of Samast while holding a Turkish flag and posing between two members of the security forces following his arrest.
Unknown assailants wrote "Go away Alevi!" and painted an "X" on the wall of a house that Alevis live in the Gaziemir district of the western province of İzmir, sparking concerns among the Alevi community. An investigation was launched into the incident, which bared similarities with the past attacks on Alevis.
76-year-old retiree Adem Yalçın spent decades in Diyarbakır's central district of Bağlar, before recently purchasing a home from Turkey's Mass Housing Administration (TOKİ), something that he now regrets due to the location and poor quality of the home. Since his home does not have heating, he also does not have hot water, which forces Yalçin and his wife to shower at their children's house.
Istanbul's police department and the Green Crescent (Yeşilay) organization, whose primary goal is to combat tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use, conducted a workshop at Istanbul Airport that was attended by 1200 police. It was announced during the workshop that police on duty at the airport who vow to quit smoking will be awarded 1.75 gram gold coins, currently valued at 442 TL.
A French woman was detained for allegedly trying to join ISIS in the southern province of Adana. She denied trying to join the jihadists in Syria and said that she was in the province as a tourist. The 21-year-old was later repatriated to her country.
Six state broadcaster TRT employees are facing charges of being members of the Gülenist organization in the case into the killing of Russian envoy Andrei Karlov in 2016 via broadcasting the moment that the ambassador was assassinated by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş. The fact that the employees recorded the moment of killing via 3G and aired it is a planned propaganda act of the Gülenists, the indictment said.
Ekrem İmamoğlu, an opposition candidate elected this past summer as mayor of Istanbul, has said that state banks are refusing to extend loans to the municipality. İmamoğlu said the city was in need of some $3.5 billion, more than half of it for stalled metro projects.
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.