Many Syrians in Turkey have been living with fears of being sent back to their homeland. Yusuf Abbas came to Turkey by himself illegally in 2012. His older sister and uncles live in the Syrian city of Manbij. When asked about the possibility of being sent back to Syria to the safe zone that Turkey intends to establish, Yusuf said: “I'll go to Izmir and take the first boat across to a Greek Island."
'They dismissed us to employ their close friends. If there was a surplus, why hire new workers? This means they had to create space for their own people and they did.'
According to the 'New Tax Liabilities Draft' presented by the Finance Ministry, the Tax on Institutions is to be lowered while the Income Tax is to be raised. Three new taxes are also introduced, and the ceiling for the Income Tax is increased. The Income Tax for football players was set at 20%.
On Monday, nine suspects being tried for murder were acquitted in an Istanbul court. The suspects were being charged in the 2014 murder of the daughter and driver of Iranian drug kingpin Naji Sherifi Zindashti. The decision marks the end of a major showdown, which includes everything from drug smuggling to murders that crossed borders. Even a summary of what transpired is striking enough to make Pablo Escobar jealous.
Ankara's 34th Heavy Penalty Court has been established, and the court will initially solely try the cases of suspects who were former employees of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT). The court has yet to decide as to whether hearings will be open to the public, and a member of the court's committee has said that some hearings could be closed to the public for security reasons.
A report by the Ministry of Interior on sexual assault of migrant children went up by 736 percent, said, the Vice Chair of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Gamze İlgezdi. According to the report, the total number of children in Turkey including Turkish citizens who were victims of sexual violence increased by 43 percent in 2017 as compared to 2016.
Organized by the Hrant Dink Foundation, the conference titled "Social, Cultural and Economic History of Kayseri and the Region," to be held at the Hrant Dink Foundation's Havak Hall on Oct. 17-18, has been banned by Istanbul Şişli District Governorship.
The Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) has won a lawsuit it filed against the popular hotel booking website booking.com. In 2017, the website was blocked in Turkey on the basis that it violated competition laws, and the injunction was granted. However, users within the country were still able to book international hotels, while it has also been possible to use the site to book hotels within Turkey with the use of a VPN.
Four years after twin bomb attacks in Ankara that killed over 100 people, survivors are still seeking medical treatment and psychological support. The trials of the 16 fugitive suspects are ongoing.
Three suspects have been released in the murder trial of Andrey Karlov, Russia's former ambassador to Turkey who was assassinated in the capital of Ankara in 2016 while attending an art exhibition.
28-year old Iraqi national Hadiya Hussein Zandinan is in a court battle to gain custody of her two siblings, aged 9 and 11, who were kidnapped by an ISIS-supporting family before being released on the street and taken in by state services.
A new finding was uncovered at the Büyük Höyük excavations which have been ongoing for eight years. A second monumental gate was found, suggesting the existence of a local kingdom which reigned over the region for a while.
Son of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and Etnosports Confederation Head Bilal Erdoğan spoke to CNN Turk on Oct. 2. Erdoğan spoke about the Etnospor Culture Festival, which will be organized at Atatürk Airport between October 3-6. In response to criticism about the relationship between the state and non-profit foundations, Erdoğan said that the government does not directly transfer funds to such institutions.
Miners who lost their jobs after the Soma mine disaster of 2014 have staged a protest in demand of their still-unpaid severance pay from the Soma holding and Uyar mining companies. Following the disaster, 3,500 miners were left without jobs and were unable to receive severance or retirement benefits.
While Istanbul awaits a huge earthquake, architects say the city’s century-old buildings in historical districts can be safer than reinforced concrete if they are retrofitted and maintained. But what kind of steps are required to make them safe?