Istanbul police on Dec. 11 seized a total of 1,725 tubes containing cobra venom smuggled from Syria, with a market value of approximately 30 million Turkish Liras ($7.8 million). This amount is reported to be the highest amount ever seized in a raid in Turkey.
Turkey’s main opposition party Republican People’s Party (CHP) has submitted a parliamentary motion against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu over his “threatening and insulting” remarks targeting CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
Turkish actor Erhan Yazıcıoğlu has been booed on stage in a play during which he impersonated U.S. President Donald Trump.
One trapped mine worker died and one was rescued after a coal mine collapsed early on Dec. 13 in the Kilimli district of the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.
Turkey’s top religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has issued a fatwa on games of chance, stating that purchasing national lottery tickets are considered gambling and that it is forbidden by Islam.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 12 met his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Istanbul.
Important names in Turkish politics and business joined the funeral ceremony for leading businessman İbrahim Çağlar on Dec. 12 at the Istanbul Marmara University’s Faculty of Theology Mosque, bidding farewell to the deceased, who died at age 57 on Dec. 11 after a heart attack.