A court in Ankara on Dec. 14 ruled for the arrest of a former police officer who was dismissed from his post over alleged links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), as a part of an investigation into the murder of Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov last year, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized judicial authorities over the summary of proceedings issued against him, arguing that the judiciary is under the political influence of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
A court in Istanbul on Dec. 14 gave a fine of 4,000 Turkish Liras ($1,035) to the deputy head of the Alperen Hearths, an ultranationalist youth group linked to religious nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), over his threats against last year’s LGBT Pride March in Istanbul, which was banned by the Governor’s Office.
An application filed by a mining company to search for gold and silver mines in the Aegean resort island of Gökçeada in the northwestern Çanakkale province has been withdrawn after environmental concerns, according to a statement released by the Environment and Urbanization Ministry’s Provincial Directorate.
Children in Turkey have inadequate access to pre-school education, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has stated in a new report on inequality in education.
Ten suspects were detained on Dec. 14 for carrying 60 kilograms of explosives in a minibus on the day of the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which took place in Istanbul on Dec. 13.
The Istanbul Municipality on Dec. 14 unanimously approved the renaming of 192 streets across the metropolitan area that may bring to mind the network of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of being behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
Alarm was raised over suspicious package delivered to the German Consulate in Istanbul’s Gümüşsuyu district on Dec. 14, however its contents turned out only to be candies and cologne, Doğan News Agency has reported.
Fisticuffs have marred the first three days of 2018 budget talks in the Turkish Parliament, with tensions flaring during debates on a range of issues..
Turkey has said it is still committed to the protocols signed with Armenia in 2009, which have not yet been ratified by either side, “despite Yerevan’s negative stance” in proceeding with the normalization of bilateral ties and the establishment of diplomatic relations.