No tents were set up for victims of the 6.0-magnitude in Iran that killed nine people in the southeastern province of Van, a group of officials from Turkey's Human Rights Association said. No alternative shelter was provided for the survivors either, the group said, condemning families to spend the night in the freezing cold.
Three educational seminars conducted by Turkey's Directorate for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) were held in three five-star luxurious resorts in the vacation destination of Antalya in January and February. Diyanet has become notorious in recent years for both using its resources for the purpose of promoting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's project of creating a pious generation in Turkey, as well as funding major mosque projects for other countries abroad, a source of controversy as its budget easily outpaces the budget of other key ministries.
A contemporary amphitheater installed by Istanbul Municipality on the city's central Taksim Square is being taken down following a swift ruling by the regional conservation board. The Istanbul Second District Cultural Heritage Conservation Board ruled within two days of the installation of the structure that it be taken down, while it had allowed the Presidency's Communications Directorate to leave a tent up on the square for months.
Nine people were killed in the eastern province of Van after an earthquake struck Turkey's border with Iran. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake had a depth of 5 km. Iranian officials said it had been felt in Iran but that there were no immediate reports of deaths.
Turkey's top communication technologies authority has fined two cell phone carriers and the country's top communications infrastructure carrier for shortages following the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Istanbul on Sept. 26, 2019. Turkcell and Vodafone were fined a little over two million Turkish Lira while Turk Telekom received two fines amounting to a total of nine million TL.
The Çıldır Municipality near the eastern border of Turkey wants the State Railways' Eastern Express to travel as far as Ardahan and have built a train model out of snow to show it. Çıldır Mayor Kemal Yakup Azizoğlu thinks that the touristic route reaching their city will prevent the out-migration from the easternmost district.
Six people face charges of "degrading the Turkish flag" over their involvement in drawing a white crescent and star on an advertisement billboard. The drawing attempts to show as if the man in the original drawing has committed suicide.
Turkey's Supreme Court prosecutor's office has sought to strip the rank of General Kenan Evren, the former commander of the Turkish Armed Forces who was known as the chief leader behind the 1980 military coup. Evren was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for leading the 1980 coup, but sickness spared him from serving time behind bars before he died a year later.
Local administrators in the southeastern province of Van have decided to install thermal scanning systems at the nearby Kapıköy Border Gate to Iran, following two coronavirus-related deaths in the neighboring country. A health room will also be set up at the border gate, personnel will receive special training and pamphlets will be available in Turkish, English and Persian.
Turkey's parliament spent some 31,086,000 Turkish liras on car rentals in 2019, Deputy Chairman Süreyya Sadi Bilgiç said. While vehicles cost as much as 18,000 TL monthly, it was noted that car rentals in the past cost less than 7,272 TL.
Detention warrants were issued for more than 750 people over their suspected links to the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. Gülen movement, an ally-turned-foe of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is widely believed to have been behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt.
Turkish police have detained an ISIS executioner working for a natural gas company in the İnegöl district of the northwestern province of Bursa. İnegöl police received a tip on Y.A.A., who was among the leaders of ISIS in al Mayadin and al Bukamal regions of Syria's Deir ez-Zor, being in the district and carried out a raid, detaining him at a construction site.
Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes after Elazığ's 6.8 earthquake on Jan. 24 and are now forced to live in tents pitched on snowy ground. "We were saved, but our lives remain under that wreckage," said one Elazığ resident living in a tent who wished to remain anonymous. "At this point I don't know what we will do. There is nothing left."
Police early on Feb. 15 raided the house of Nurettin Şen, a nephew of Murat Şen, the dismissed former mayor of Şırnak's İdil district. During the raid, Murat Şen's 90-year-old mother Fatma Şen was battered by the police. "They [police] have come to my room and asked me to open the chest. After seeing nothing in the chest, they pounded the chest's cover on my hands,” Şen said.
Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a lawyer probed for referring to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu as "bald-headed" in a social media post. “Taking into account the decisions handed down by the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court regarding the politicians, the uttered statement is evaluated to be a vulgar remark [instead of insult]," the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said.