Başak Demirtaş, the wife of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, has sparked a controversy for attending a play adapted from one of her husband's books along with opposition party members. Following the play, a debate arose over Demirtaş's book being sold on the Postal Service website.
A 46-year-old was taken into custody for allowing his 10-year-old son drive a semi-trailer truck on the highway.
A letter that was alleged to have been written by jailed journalist Ahmet Altan stirred controversy. Altan's daughter Sanem Altan protested the rumors and noted that the amount of writing errors in the letter were evidence that her father wasn't the author.
Lawyer Sefa Karcıoğlu noted that Turkey's 2016 Personal Information Protection Law isn't enforced properly. "Hotels aren't allowed to ask you for a copy of your ID," Karcıoğlu said, "Service providers like gyms aren't allowed to scan your fingerprints or your eyes."
Provided they are vaccinated, pets will now be allowed to travel aboard commercial bus rides, Turkey's Official Gazette reported on Jan. 10.
Half of Turkey's population is in favor of the country becoming a member of the European Union, a survey by the private polling company Metropoll revealed. While 53.7 percent of the population wished to join the EU, 34.7 percent were against it.
In the Eğil district of the predominantly-Kurdish, southeastern province of Diyarbakır, due to the fact that studetns in the Şehit Mehmet Aygün Middle School lack an actual computer class, they have built their own from cardboard and paper. Their teacher, Orkun Şahin, in spite of the successful project, his students' biggest dream was to be able to access and use real computers.
Berkin Elvan, who died after a nine-month coma he was placed in by a police teargas canister hitting him on the head, was commemorated at the site of his shooting. The shooting site was surrounded by a police barricade, and entrances and exits to the neighborhood were guarded by armored vehicles.
The most popular name for female babies in Turkey in 2019 was Zeynep, while the most popular male name was Yusuf. A total of 1,180,840 babies were born in Turkey in 2019, with 51% males and the rest females.
The winner of a 20,000-lira lottery consolation prize burned his ticket because it was "sinful money." The minimum wage worker said he bought the ticket because his child wanted him to and that he didn't "touch the money."
A majority of the Turkish population thinks that Turkey should remain a NATO, a survey by private polling company Metropoll revealed. The poll also asked participants how they think Turkey should position itself between the US and Russia, and half of the participants said Ankara should remain neutral.
A Kurdish-language weekly started publication in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır. Its name, "Xwebûn" refers to "self", "identity" and "individuality". Publisher Kadri Esen said the publication "would not belong to individuals, but to the Kurdish people".
Diyarbakır entered 2019 with hunger strikes. The year was then marked by the appointment of trustee mayors replacing elected ones, Operation Peace Spring, and the political stage becoming ever tighter. Despite all this, the city holds onto hope.
Conservative columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak says that our mind and faith need saving, according to his piece in the daily Akit. "Not everything is about money, property and status. Our mind and our faith are our values that need saving first," Dilipak said in his column "The spiritual reconstruction of the mosque." Dilipak spoke for the conservative political fraction in Turkey, including the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and added that "money and power relations have changed us as individuals and as a congregation."
Narcotics squads in Ankara arrested 10 Syrians for trading drugs through an organization of street vendors. Photos of the raid were released by the police.