Istanbul’s last remaining three fish sandwich boats are soon to be shut down by authorities as the legal saga over the issue has come to an end. An Istanbul court has rejected appeals made by the owners of the three boats to continue their operations in the historic neighborhood of Eminönü.
A foreign cargo ship ran aground in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Dec. 27, requiring a rescue operation and prompting authorities to temporarily close the picturesque and crowded waterway running through Turkey's largest city. There were no injuries or casualties, the governor's office said, adding that the ship had reported engine failure shortly before its grounding near the shore.
A police officer convicted earlier this year in the torture and killing of a man in 2010 was recently awarded a plaque and a carpet in a ceremony by a local district mayor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
A boat carrying 71 refugees sank in the eastern Van Lake, causing seven to die. The Van Governor announced that the remaining 64 passengers were rescued and transported to nearby hospitals for shelter and care, and to complete their paperwork. It was noted that the boat was capsized as it was trying to come aboard in the eastern city of Bitlis around 2 a.m.
Istanbul residents have been flocking to the Istanbul Provincial Environment and Urbanization Directorate to file appeals against the controversial Kanal Istanbul project. The planned project's Environmental Impact Assessment (ÇED) report will be available for public comment until Jan. 2, 2020.
An explosion at an unlicensed coal mine has killed two workers and wounded another in the Kilimli district of the Black Sea province of Zonguldak. Speaking about the incident, Deputy Governor Turgut Subaşı said that the unlicensed mine was shut down by security forces a month ago, but it was reopened later on. An investigation was launched into the case.
A judge that created controversy with his criticism of a lawyer's skirt length is facing three to seven years in prison for "abuse of power" and "insulting a public official about their duty." Judge Mehmet Yoylu had claimed in May that lawyer Tuğçe Çetin's skirt length was 15 centimeters shorter than it was, had made an official report of the matter and had requested the lawyer's photo be taken.
Prominent Turkish historian Dr. Necip Hablemitoğlu was assassinated in front of his home in Ankara 17 years ago. The alleged assassin N.G.B., was captured in Ukraine last week and is currently under arrest. His wife Şengül Hablemitoğlu says the perpetrators of murder of her husband is still unknown, adding that responsibility to find them shouldn't fall on the relatives of the victims.
Some 2,5 tons of anchovy were eaten at a festival in Rize in the Black Sea region. The fish took three days to clean, 75 people to cook and a 100-meter grill. An anchovy eating contest and a contest for anchovy dishes were organized.
The Council of State, the highest administrative court in Turkey, has rejected a demand that a provision which forbids unmarried couples to stay in the same room in teacher's houses (“öğretmenevi” in Turkish) be suspended. The case concerns a lawyer who wanted to stay a night with her boyfriend at a teacher's house in Istanbul's Silivri district on March 20 of this year.
Aydın İleri, who shared social posts concerning main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu while working as a librarian for the muncipality of Bergama, a district in the province of Izmir, was subjected to mobbing at his workplace and will not have his work contract renewed as of the end of this year.
The mediation process for the rights of 46 journalists who were let go from Hürriyet daily for being members of the Journalists' Union of Turkey. The Union announced that an official lawsuit was filed for the reinstatement of the journalists.
Some 94 women have been killed while under state protection between 2015 and 2019, the Turkish Interior Ministry said. The ministry also said that over 1 million incidents of violence against women occurred between 2014 and 2019, leading to the death of 1,890 women.
Turkey has seen an increase in the number of confirmed measles cases with 2,719 in 2019, the highest number since 7415 in 2013. The highest number of cases this year were reported in May with 605 cases confirmed. No cases were reported in November or December.
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.