Turkey has introduced a new dress code to visit Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a mosque last month. Following the code's introduction, authorities started to distribute overalls and headscarves in front of the sixth-century site.
Turkish Family, Labor and Social Policies Ministry has said that it doesn't accept the lack of love as a reason for divorce. "These days, couples exhaust the emotion of love quickly and see the lack of love as a reason for divorce. On the contrary, it's not sufficient if the couple has children," it said.
Natural gas could’ve been provided to all residences for free with money spent on unused S-400s: HDP deputy
HDP deputy Garo Paylan has said that natural gas could've been provided to all residences free of charge with the money spent on S-400 missile defense systems that are currently "rotting in warehouses." Paylan asked whether an agreement was signed to purchase the second batch of S-400s and whether the installation is not completed over sanctions threats from Washington.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has described Turkey's 2013 Gezi Park protest movement as "one of the most important struggles of the Turkish history.” "If we are visiting here today [Gezi Park], protecting the green and saying 'let's create human-centered squares,' maybe we are materializing the spirit that wanted to be put forward there [during Gezi Park protests],” İmamoğlu said.
A marriage registrar of the AKP-run Çorum Municipality has been dismissed from duty after he referred to opposition İYİ Party chair Meral Akşener as "my honorable leader" during a marriage ceremony. AKP Mayor Halil İbrahim Aşgın replaced registrar Erdem Sakınmaz with a new marriage registrar, without citing a reason for this dismissal.
Turkish boxer Ünsal Arık received a death threat on the phone in Germany, where he lives, just over a week after he found a single bullet on his windshield. A staunch opponent of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the boxer thinks the threats are from supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Police have detained a woman for "insulting" Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in the Bodrum district of the southern province of Muğla. Hülya B. was released on condition of judicial control on Aug. 26.
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that his party won't criticize Turkey's natural gas find in the Black Sea contrary to the government's wish. "We won't do what they want us to do. They want us to criticize, but we won't. Why would we?" Kılıçdaroğlu reportedly told CHP members.
Young Turkish conservatives and some less ideological right-wing nationalists are unhappy with the state of Turkey and are increasingly considering potential conservative alternatives to Erdoğan's AKP, according to a report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) authored by Max Hoffman. “In every survey CAP has conducted, younger Turks are less supportive of Erdoğan and the AKP than their older counterparts," Hoffman wrote.
DEVA leader Ali Babacan, 53, has announced that he contracted the novel coronavirus. "Fortunately, I am currently in good health. My doctors have said that I need to stay under quarantine with my family for a while. Hopefully I will continue my works from home," Babacan wrote on Twitter.
The 27-year-old Baha Tuna has become the first openly autistic person to be admitted to a political party's executive board. Tuna will be on the executive board of the newly launched DEVA's Yalova provincial office.
A small park with a historic Ottoman past in Beyoğlu's Sütlüce was seized from the Istanbul Municipality and transferred to the Education Ministry. AKP city council member Faruk Gökkuş said that locals in the area urgently needed a school, while CHP city council member Süleyman Solmaz said that the park was not big enough enough to house one.
Murat Yetkin writes: While watching President Tayyip Erdoğan announcing at a ceremony the natural gas discovery in the Black Sea, I also had the impression that we are witnessing the ceremony for the announcement of a successor to him. With a phone call from a source from the business world, I realized that I was not the only one who thought the president might have pointed to Albayrak as his successor.
Pro-Kurdish HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has called on the opposition to work together on drafting a constitution which will ensure the peace in Turkey. "Peace is the way to end the tyrant rulership in this country. Because despot, tyrant and fascist rulerships feed on wars. They want to secure their position through wars,” Sancar said.
Parliament commission calls for lifting of former HDP MP Çelik’s immunity over sexual assault claims
A Turkish Parliament commission on Aug. 24 penned a report suggesting the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of former HDP lawmaker Tuma Çelik, who faces allegations of raping a woman. The general assembly of Parliament will later vote to decide whether to strip Çelik of his immunity, paving the way for his prosecution.