The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned late on Oct. 19 the apparent harassment of Turkish Airlines passengers who were subjected to body searches by police dogs at Vienna International Airport.
The Turkish Health Ministry sent out a memorandum on Oct. 20 to all 81 governorships of the country as well as other institutions, including private hospitals and branches of the Social Security Institution (SGK), mandating them to take precautions against victimization and complications patients are subjected to in sleeve gastrectomy surgeries.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has said the arrest of the prominent activist and businessman Osman Kavala was an example of a “very alarming trend” of the detention of civil society leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and activists in Turkey.
An Istanbul derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe will be the game to watch in the Week 9 competition in the Spor Toto Super League, with one side trying to extend its domination of the league and the other side hoping for a victory to get back on its feet and cut the gap.
All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin play starts on Oct. 22 without a clear favorite for the title.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is unhappy at facing Inter Milan so soon after visiting Manchester City in the Champions League while his opponent in Oct. 21’s Serie A showdown believes its absence from Europe could prove a blessing.
Justin Thomas made a slow start to the PGA Tour's CJ Cup in South Korea on Oct. 19 with a bogey at his opening hole but the FedExCup champion soon caught fire, carding seven birdies and a pair of eagles in a nine-under round of 63 to lead the way.
The relationship between Ankara and Washington is “complicated,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Oct. 17, while adding that the U.S. was optimistic about a resolution, amid a diplomatic crisis between the two allies.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Oct. 17 that it was important for Turkey to remain part of the NATO security alliance and continue its orientation toward Europe despite current tensions between the two countries.
Spain's central government said on Oct. 16 that Catalan president Carles Puigdemont had not clarified whether or not he declared independence, urging him to do so "clearly" by Oct. 19 at 10:00 a.m.