Turkish Education Ministry has urged its personnel to attend a symposium on Hagia Sophia organized by the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and scheduled to be held in Istanbul on Sept. 30 upon the religious body's request. The ministry sent a notice to all provincial and district directorates to ensure attendance.
Former Ağrı mayor receives five years in jail for press statement issued within governor’s knowledge
Former Ağrı Mayor Sırrı Sakık has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison over terrorism charges. The case against Sakık concerns a press statement he issued in 2015 for the resumed clashes between the PKK and Turkish military to come to an end. The prison sentence was handed down despite then Ağrı Governor Musa Işın's testimony that he had given his approval to the press statement in question.
Perinçek’s Patriotic Party expels one of its prominent figures for opposing party’s pro-Erdoğan stance
The Patriotic Party led by Doğu Perinçek has expelled one of its prominent figures for opposing the party's stance on siding with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Çiçek's criticism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and pro-government businessman Ethem Sancak were listed among the reasons for expulsion.
Prof. Yasin Aktay, a chief advisor to Erdoğan, has said that there is "rapprochement and contact" between Turkey and Egypt. "I don't have exact information, but from what I'm hearing and seeing, there's rapprochement and contact between the sides," Aktay said, adding that actual contact is needed "despite the differences" between Erdoğan and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Turkey had its debt rating cut deeper into junk by Moody’s Investors Service, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed credit agency ratings. The sovereign credit rating was cut to B2, five levels below investment grade and on par with Egypt, Jamaica and Rwanda, Bloomberg reported. “Do what you want to do, your ratings are of no importance," Erdoğan said in response.
Over 36,000 people were probed in one year over "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Justice Ministry statistics showed. Out of the 36,066 people probed, 12,298 were tried and 3,381 were given sentences. Before Erdoğan's term, the highest number of people being sentenced over "insulting" a president was 44.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has deemed the return of seismic research vessel Oruç Reis to its base in Antalya "a compromise," while also calling on the government to "not make compromises in our rightful cause" following an extraordinary meeting on the escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
A banter between two Istanbul district municipalities about who had the best views turned into a nationwide competition. While the two Istanbul municipalities also compared accomplishments, municipalities from around Turkey sent in their best shots.
Ankara will be paying private construction companies bi-annually for any difference in actual revenue and projected revenue under the build-operate-transfer contracts. Operators of the massive construction projects, including Istanbul's third Bosphorus bridge, received payments annually before the shock to the Turkish Lira against the dollar in 2018.
Hacı Bişkin reports: The southeastern districts of Şırnak, Cizre, Silopi, İdil and Roboski have witnessed some of the highest increases in drug use in Turkey in recent years, resulting from a combination of unemployment, regional conflict, insufficient education, and mental health issues. Roboski has the highest number of drug addicts per capita in the region.
Turkey’s media watchdog RTÜK has ordered Netflix to remove the French-made feature film Cuties on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation. The plot of "Cuties" centres on an 11-year-old Muslim girl who "starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew," according to Netflix.
HDP co-chair urges ECHR head to reconsider decision to receive honorary doctorate from Istanbul University
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has criticized ECHR head Robert Spano over his decision to accept an honorary doctorate in law from Istanbul University, emphasizing that Turkey has been severely violating its obligations under the ECHR.
President Erdoğan on Sept. 1 called for the expulsion of lawyers from the profession should they be accused of links to "terrorism." Erdoğan's comments came after a picture of lawyer Ebru Timtik was hung outside the headquarters of the Istanbul Bar Association. Timtik died in an Istanbul hospital on Aug. 27 after a 238-day hunger strike with a demand for a fair trial.
Main opposition İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer on Aug. 30 led on his bike an open-top bus prepared for a Victory Day Parade. Soyer's move came after the governor's office barred him from touring the city on the bus and only allowed band members to ride it.
Minister Soylu says deputy Atay ‘would be a perfect rapist’ upon criticism on not arresting rapist soldier
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy Barış Atay would be "a perfect rapist" after the lawmaker criticized him over the fact that a specialized sergeant was not arrested over sexual assault even though the existence of plenty of evidence. He also addressed Atay as a "leftover" of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C).