Turkey was shaken with multiple earthquakes on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, with the western province of Manisa witnessing over 160 aftershocks following a 5.4-magnitude earthquake. A short while later, the capital Ankara was also hit by a 4.5-magnitude earthquake. No casualties were reported.
AKP group deputy chair Mehmet Muş has submitted a draft bill to the parliament seeking to grant watchmen the authority to ask identification from people and detain them. The AKP's move came in the wake of two court rulings which said that the watchmen do not have the “authority to ask for identification as per their job definition.”
The Turkish drama producer Ay Yapım has refuted the claims that their new TV series 'Babil' – which centers around a sacked university professor – was being investigated for allegedly “making propaganda” on behalf of the Gülen movement. Following its first episode on Jan. 17, the new series became a hot topic on social media, with several users suggesting that the hardships that the main character faces are parallel to those experienced by Turkey's sacked civil servants.
The Istanbul Municipality has announced that within 20 years there will be no space left in the city to bury the dead. “A solution needs to be found, and the best solution is to ensure that they are transported to Anatolia,” the municipality's cemeteries bureau head Dr. Ayhan Koç said.
Residents of the Gürgen village in the Black Sea province of Rize's Güneysu district--the hometown of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's father--protested against the construction of a hydroelectric powerplant. “The operation here is against the law and has no legal basis, leave our village, we will not give you permission to take our land and destroy our river,” the villagers said.
The death of a religious cult member has prompted response from Turkey's Justice and Interior Minister. Çevik was killed while trying to negotiate a solution in a financial controversy between two families, said the International Muslim Scholars' Solidarity Association (UMAD). "I am so sad... The death of a scholar is the death of a universe," said Interior Minister Soylu in his tweet while Justice Minister Gül echoed his words.
Turkey's Forensic Medicine Department, connected to the Justice Ministry, has been infiltrated by members of the Gülen organization, an employee of the department has claimed. Dr. Nevzat Alkan, who has worked in the department since 1993, claims that Gülenists, the main suspect behind the 2016 coup attempt, infiltrated the department because their reports are crucial to lawsuit proceedings.
Unknown assailants have broken into Istanbul's Pir Sultan Abdal Cemevi, spraying threats on its walls and ground such as "It is not over" and "Die." Authorities on Jan. 20 announced that an investigation was launched into the incident.
Turkey's energy watchdog has slapped an electricity company with a fine of 888,397 Turkish Liras (roughly $150,645) for cutting the power of an apartment flat in which four middle-aged siblings were found dead in November in what officials said a possible case of suicide by cyanide. The siblings were reported to be depressed due to having financial problems.
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.