Nearly half a million native baby sea turtles managed to reach the sea this year from Turkish beaches, Turkey’s forestry and water affairs minister said on Nov. 16.
Some 22 people were detained on Nov. 17 at Istanbul’s Marmara University after a prosecutor issued warrants for a total of 42 university personnel as part of an investigation into the Gülen network, accused of masterminding last year’s failed coup.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has signaled a legal amendment could be put forth to allow political parties to form alliances before the upcoming parliamentary elections, amid discussions on a potential decrease of the current 10 percent electoral threshold.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has set Dec. 5 as the deadline for Turkey to submit its defense in cases against jailed journalists, after the country on Nov. 7 requested an extension for the deadline.
A total of five Turkish soldiers were killed on Nov. 16 in clashes with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq and the eastern province of Hakkari. Ten PKK militants were killed in operations in the last two days.
The Constitutional Court has ruled against releasing jailed Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Gülser Yıldırım, criticizing allegations that she was “unlawfully” arrested.