Lawyer Mahmut Kaçan has filed a lawsuit against the Van Governor's Office and demanded that the ban on demonstrations be lifted. The Van Governor's Office said in its defense that the province accommodated many people from two polarized political views, which in return might result in clashes during such demonstrations. The complainant's approach to the issue "overlooks the society's health and peace, is monistic and at one point sadistic,” the governor's office said.
The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services has told the father of one of the victims killed in the 2016 Beşiktaş bombing that money raised after the attack went to the Solidarity with Martyrs' Relatives and Veterans Foundation of Turkey. A mystery revolves around this foundation as the main opposition CHP previously determined that no one works at the foundation's declared address in Ankara, filing a criminal complaint regarding this issue.
Four years have passed since the murder of Diyarbakır Bar Head Tahir Elçi, with no suspects being named in the investigation. Forensic Medicine Institute employee Mehtap Altuğ reiterated her remarks from 2016 regarding evidence being covered up in the unsolved murder of Elçi, which was followed by her remarks being included in the investigation file.
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.