Turkish archaeologist commits suicide after being pressured to assume responsibility for missing artifacts
Archaeologist Merve Kaçmış, who was employed at Gaziantep's Zeugma Mosaic Museum, committed suicide by jumping off the 8th-floor of her family's home in the Bağlar district of Diyarbakır earlier this week. In a suicide note that the 33-year-old Kaçmış left behind, she claimed that she faced bullying at work and was being pressured to take responsibility for 150-200 missing artifacts.
Lawyers who have been members of a bar association of Turkey for more than 15 years are now eligible to apply for a green passport, a special type of passport that allows entry into European Union countries without a visa. A green passport was granted to public servants only originally.
Two soldiers died during shooting practice in the southeastern province of Hakkâri. Two other soldiers were transported to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries inflicted during shooting practice.
Three Turkish soldiers have been killed in an area covered by Turkey's military operation in northeastern Syria dubbed "Operation Peace Spring." The soldiers were killed when a car bomb was detonated during the soldiers’ road controls, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
The İzmir Metropolitan Municipal Council has designated seven cemevi buildings as official places of worship in the zoning plans. The AKP and MHP councillors have voted against the proposal, but as CHP councillors hold the majority in the municipal council, the proposal was accepted.
The lawsuit concerning the 2018 high-speed train crash in Ankara started on Jan. 13. The first hearing was held at the Ankara 30th Heavy Penal Court and two of the three jailed defendants were released. Murat Yıldırım, who failed to switch the rails on the day of the accident, said that there were no control mechanisms to check that the switch had been completed, and added that there were no signaling systems to alert him about the error.
HDP deputy Beştaş has asked in a parliamentary question why Kurdish was excluded from a newly launched translation service at Istanbul Airport, which currently supports 36 languages. "Citizens who do not know Turkish face numerous difficulties from hospital to transportation services. Especially, the exclusion of Kurdish from instant translation services on a very critical platform where airport announcements are made is in need of explanation,” Beştaş said.
A newly appointed research assistant at Ankara University has apologized after a 2016 photo of him holding a gun in front of a university building surfaced. Varol said that the gun was a toy gun and the picture was “meant to be joke.” The incident however put the university in spotlight, with even a deputy of the main opposition CHP taking the issue to the parliament's agenda.
As thousands of passengers suffered from delays and cancellations in flights during last week's storms at Istanbul's new airport, Atatürk Airport continued to function properly, with Russian President Vladimir Putin using it. Atatürk Airport started to be used for cargo planes following the transfer of flights to the new airport - a move the opposition continues to criticize due to continuing disrupts in flights at the new one.
Passengers can now rent 'sleep pods' in the International Departures area of the Istanbul Airport. The pods are nine euros an hour and come with clean sheets, USB and electric sockets, and a special luggage compartment.
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake shook Istanbul on Jan. 11, causing panic among residents of the megacity. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said so far authorities were not yet aware of any "negative impacts."
President Erdoğan's criticism of young people for “getting married late” has stirred the social media, with several people saying that people first need to be financially independent before thinking about marriage. The opposition also criticized Erdoğan's remarks, saying that first the government should tackle the high unemployment level among the youth before suggesting them to get married.
A fishing boat clashed with a tanker in Northern Istanbul, resulting in the death of three fishermen.
A Turkish court on Jan. 14 released Assyrian priest Sefer Bileçen on judicial control, four days after his arrest on charges of "aiding and abetting" the outlawed PKK. Bileçen is said to be the only caretaker of the Mor Yakup Monastery in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for a joint attitude against those promoting life without marriage, as he criticized the decrease in the number of people getting married. "The marriage age of our youth is increasing. Unfortunately, they don't get married at a young age. Most of them get married after the age of 30 or never do so. How can such a thing happen!" he said, adding that he recommends marriage.