Turkey's top media watchdog has urged caution when reporting suicides, saying "Our attitude towards stories that might negatively effect the mental developments of our society, children and youth will be uncompromising." Following three separate incidents of death by cyanide in ten days, a commission was formed to examine the cases.
Turkish engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak has created an algorithm that removes the visual distortion caused by water from an image. Akkaynak's algorithm may have far-reaching consequences for marine biologists who rely on accurate colors to count and classify species.
Republican Senator, one of the harshest critics of Turkey's incursion into northern Syria, has slammed a video shown by President Erdoğan during a White House meeting, saying that it amounts to "propaganda." “I acknowledge you got a legitimate national security concern about armed elements on your border. But do you want me to get the Kurds to play a video about what your forces have done?” Graham told Erdoğan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Ankara in the first half of January, İbrahim Kalın, a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said. Kalın said Putin and Erdoğan will discuss energy issues including the TurkStream natural gas pipeline.
The head of the parliamentary commission on autism, Kemal Çelik, has said that many families are not aware of autism spectrum disorder, with some even "confusing it with obesity." He also touched upon recent reports of a group of parents booing children with autism, saying that the issue had arisen "due to a lack of awareness" on autism.
A MHP deputy has likened the lawyers of HDP Youth Assembly members to a "pack of dogs," while also calling them "terrorists" during a meeting of the Parliamentary Human Rights Inquiry Commission. The deputy's remarks were slammed by the HDP, with its lawmakers leaving the meeting and urging MHP deputy Metin Sazak to resign.
Republican Senator Jim Risch has said "it's best we don't pass a sanctions bill at this moment," following a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The senator, who previously introduced legislation that would impose sanctions on Ankara, also said that Erdoğan should not go ahead with the S-400 purchase.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mayor Hayrettin Güngör of the province of Kahramanmaraş was filmed as he told a woman “we made you Muslim” after learning that she was from the province of Trabzon. After reactions mounted, Güngör issued an apology on social media.
HDP mayors from Savur, Derik and Mazıdağı districts of Mardin and Suruç district of Şanlıurfa have been detained as part of ongoing terrorism investigations, provincial prosecutors said. In addition to detentions and arrests, Turkey’s Interior Ministry often appoints trustees to replace elected mayors from the HDP in the country’s southeast.
President Erdoğan has ruled out removing the Russian made S-400 missile defense systems, citing Ankara's strategic relationship with Moscow and Turkey's national interests and sovereign rights. "We can't leave the S-400s completely and lean towards the Patriots in such a case," Erdoğan told journalists on the presidential plane.
The pro-government think tank of SETA is being financed mainly by the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, says the German government. Serhat Albayrak, the brother of Berat Albayrak, is SETA's chairperson. In July of this year, SETA came under fire over publishing a report profiling journalists working for foreign media organizations.
A Diyarbakır-based research center conducted a survey asking the public about the primary problems faced by the country. Results showed that the economy and unemployment were the most important concern, the second being the Kurdish issue. The survey also revealed that the state's appointment of trustees to southeastern municipalities have led voters affiliated with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to stay away from the ballot box.
U.S. actress Mia Farrow has shown solidarity with the prominent Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan, who was re-arrested by a court order on Nov. 13. Farrow shared The New York Times' article “Turkey Detains a Top Journalist Again, Signaling a Continuing Crackdown” on her Twitter account.
Turkish authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier had founded the White Helmets volunteers group.
An American ISIS fighter who has been stuck in a no man's land at the border between Turkey and Greece since Nov. 11, has been deported to the United States, the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Nov. 15. Soylu said earlier this month that Turkey would start extraditing captured ISIS militants to their home countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Nov. 13 that Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defense system had created a "very serious challenge" for the U.S. Turkish President Erdoğan said the two countries could only overcome their dispute on the S-400s and F-35s through dialogue.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is paying a two-day visit to London, conducting meetings with officials and investors. The mayor is in talks to borrow in international markets to finance infrastructure projects, especially in the area of transportation.
İstanbul Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation against Belgian model Marisa Papen, for posing nude in Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar and on a Turkish flag at Cappadocia. Papen is known for her nude poses at historical sites around the world. She was previously arrested in Jerusalem and Cairo.