After statements of repeated encouragement from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prior to the elections urging for the increase in the land alotted for the planting of hemp, the total area of land in Turkey in which hemp has been planted for the purpose of producing hemp seeds, fibers and oil has risen fivefold year on year. While hemp was planted on 20 hectares last year, that number rose to 100 this year.
The train stops at the Erzincan, İliç and Erzurum stations on the way to Kars, and at the Divriği and Bostankaya stations on the way back to Ankara. Stopping times are arranged so passengers can enjoy the sites and museums near the stations.
After many calls from society to "apologize to the Zaza people", including from Justice and Development Party (AKP) Vice-President Cevdet Yılmaz, Turkish TV host Müge Anlı refused to apologize.
According to Turkey's Ministry of Internal Affairs, there are 1 million 721 thousand 717 children among Syrian refugees living in Turkey. In spite of policies instituted by the Ministry of Education that are geared towards the education of young Syrians, many obstacles are in their way, such as child labor, child marriage, and peer bullying.
Eight people were detained on suspicion of being members of ISIS and preparing "sensational" attacks following the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The suspects were reportedly planning to attack Republic Day celebrations on Oct. 29.
Turkey marks the 96th anniversary of Republic Day with celebrations across the country throughout the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan released a message to mark the day, saying that the country is conducting a struggle similar to the Independence War.
Turkish authorities on Monday detained 20 foreign nationals with suspected links to ISIS. The detentions come a day after President Donald Trump announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border. It was not immediately clear whether Monday's detentions were related to Baghdadi's death.
Turkey-based Japanese earthquake expert Yoshinori Moriwaki says the possible strong earthquake expected near Istanbul could have a magnitude of 8 or 8.5.
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.