The head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) on Dec. 10 met with Saudi Arabia’s hajj and umrah minister to reach an agreement on services to be provided next year for Turkish pilgrims making their way to Islam’s holiest cities for pilgrimages amid concern over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Tülay Gerçek stands in front of a vending machine at a busy Istanbul metro station but instead of putting coins into a slot, she crams plastic bottles into a hole.
Turkey is not a country where one can find problems regarding democracy and human rights, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 10.
A man in the western Turkish province of Bursa has thanked police officers after he was detained for killing his wife by slitting her throat.
Turkish security forces have held some 251,794 irregular migrants so far this year, the country’s interior minister said on Dec. 10.
The number of journalists jailed in Turkey increased almost five-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to a report released by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Utku Çakırözer.
The number of complaints of torture and ill-treatment filed with the Prime Ministry Coordination Center (BİMER), the Communications Center of the Presidency (CİMER), and other official means against members of the Turkish police forces have declined by 90 percent over the past two years, the Interior Ministry has said in a statement.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Dec. 9 said that he was against vandalism, however, he criticized the excessive force French police used against protestors and questioned the EU attitude towards France, addressing the European press stance as a “disaster”.