Turkey has strongly condemned a Greek daily for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın deeming the move "a provocation." Another government official to condemn the headline was Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who said that the headline "will remain as a document of shame" in the history of the Greek press.
Islamic communities that are known to have close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have recently speeded up efforts to establish their own foundations. On Sept. 17, two more such foundations have been established, one of which has close ties to the İsmailağa community, while the other has close ties to pro-government KİHMED.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 18 Turkey was saddened by news that Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj wants to quit next month. "A development like this, hearing such news, has been upsetting for us," Erdoğan told reporters in Istanbul, adding that Turkish delegations may hold talks with Sarraj's government in the coming week.
DTK co-chair and former HDP deputy Leyla Güven was briefly detained on Sept. 17 in the southeastern province of Hakkari for attending an event a day earlier. She was taken to police headquarters after anti-terror police stopped her car and was referred to court after giving her testimony before being released.
Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate has set up a new department to tackle "misperception operations" against Turkey. Countering "psychological campaigns, propaganda and misperception operations against Turkey" after determining them were listed among the department's duties.
A trucker from the southern province of Hatay, Malik Yılmaz hasn't been given a job despite orders from the main opposition leader, remaining unemployed after he got fired in April over his criticism of the government's COVID-19 policies. Yılmaz had posted a video on social media where said that Ankara's policies would kill him.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Turkey recalled Oruç Reis from disputed waters to allow for diplomacy with Greece. "Let's give diplomacy a chance, let's put forth a positive approach for diplomacy. Greece should also positively meet this approach of ours, and let's take a step accordingly," Erdoğan said in Istanbul after Friday prayers. "This is why we did it," he added.
A member of Turkey's Constitutional Court has criticized Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for targeting court head Zühtü Arslan. "The judges are independent. They issue rulings in accordance with the Constitution and the law. The legislative and executive bodies need to abide by court rulings and these bodies can never change them or delay their implementation," court member Engin Yıldırım said on Twitter.
Turkey began the final Phase III trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Sept. 16. The results of the trial will be sent the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine candidate being trialled in Turkey was developed by Sinovac.
Moody's Investors Service on Sept. 15 downgraded 13 Turkish banks, days after Turkey had its debt rating cut deeper into junk by the company. The outlooks on the long-term deposit and debt ratings of all the Turkish banks rated by Moody's remain negative, in line with the negative outlook on the sovereign rating.
13-year-old child sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing Syrian child in Turkey’s southwest
A 13-year-old child was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a nine-year-old Syrian child in the southwestern province of Denizli. During a hearing of the case held at the Denizli Seventh Heavy Penal Court on Sept. 14, the court handed the perpetrator, identified only as A.B., seven years in prison, which is the highest sentence that can be given to minors for sexually abusing a child.
Turkish Ambassador Volkan Bozkır officially assumed the presidency of UN General Assembly on Sept. 15 for its 75th session. In remarks at UN headquarters as he closed the 74th session of the General Assembly, Bozkır said the group has urgent priorities, including tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "Unilateralism will only strengthen the pandemic. It will move us further away from our shared goal," he said.
Davutoğlu says he is open for dialogue with Demirtaş following his call for unity among opposition parties
Opposition politicians have continued to respond to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş's remarks on unity among the opposition, with Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu leaving the door open for dialogue. "In principle, I find it appropriate to talk to anyone who believes in democracy and who distanced themselves from terror for the future of this country," Davutoğlu told daily Sözcü on Sept. 15.
The ECHR has defended its president's controversial visit to Turkey by saying that it was "standard practice" for court presidents to meet the political and judicial authorities of member states of the Council of Europe. According to the ECHR, Spano had accepted the invitation to “convey a very important message” that those in power cannot control the courts and that judgments by the ECHR must be “respected and enforced."
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has reportedly been working on an online voting system as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Hürriyet, the AKP seeks to add an article that allows all parties to hold online congresses ahead of elections.