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Turkish Parliament speaker announces support for return of death penalty

Duvar English Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes death penalty should be reintroduced for certain crimes. “I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and … Continue reading

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Prosecutors drop charges against CHP Istanbul chair in spat over Erdoğan aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English Istanbul prosecutors have dismissed criminal charges against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu in a case concerning her support for a fellow CHP official who allegedly photographed Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s property in … Continue reading

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Freedom of expression nonexistent in Turkey: German Foreign Ministry report

Duvar English Although the Turkish Constitution protects freedom of expression, citizens are not allowed to practice their right in reality, a report by the German Foreign Ministry said, Deutsche Welle reported on Sept. 30. Prison authorities in Turkey’s southeast ban … Continue reading

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Turkey’s coronavirus cases 20 times higher than official data shows, says main opposition deputy

Duvar English The number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Turkey is 20 times higher than officially reported by the Health Ministry, said main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Murat Emir. Eating together isn’t safe … Continue reading

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Students in eastern Turkey walk miles to access internet necessary to attend remote education

Duvar English Students in the eastern province of Kars recorded a video from a high altitude spot they have to walk to for internet access, asking the Education Ministry for help with access to remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic.  … Continue reading

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Atatürk’s lost letter to US child on display in Ankara

Duvar English A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has found a lost letter penned by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s founding father, to a U.S. child called Curtis La France. La France from New York sent the letter to … Continue reading

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Four Turkish parties issue joint statement condemning Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Duvar English Four Turkish political parties on Sept. 28 unanimously condemned Armenia over the clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. The parties include the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party. Armenia accuses … Continue reading

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Turkish Government sees EU summit as ‘a chance for reset’

Reuters Turkey sees a European Union summit this week as an opportunity to reset relations between them, but the bloc must produce specific proposals and a timetable to work on a roadmap together, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman said. Tensions … Continue reading

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Diyanet under fire after video footage shows child being battered at Quran course

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Ali Öztunç on Sept. 25 shared a video footage showing a child being battered while attending a Quran course in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş’s Elbistan district. Öztunç, who is himself … Continue reading

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Doctors see up to 50 pct rise in coronavirus bonuses, whereas Diyanet staff see 100 pct rise

Duvar English The Health Ministry has updated its circular on supplementary payments given to healthcare personnel and staff from the directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) who are responsible for handling the deceased’ bodies during the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to … Continue reading

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Main Opposition slams construction of prison with lake view in Van, says gov’t should address people’s real needs

Duvar English A group of opposition politicians slammed the 90-million-lira construction of a prison with a view of the lake in eastern province of Van which the government deemed “an investment.” The prison is being built on 64,000 square-meters of … Continue reading

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Human rights defender Tanrıkulu appointed key advisor to CHP leader

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu appointed Istanbul deputy and human rights activist Sezgin Tanrıkulu as one his key advisors. Tanrıkulu wasn’t elected for the party assembly, along with fellow deputies Tuncay Özkan and Ünal … Continue reading

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Turkish parliament only hears ruling AKP’s draft bills in general assembly, speaker’s office reveals

Duvar English The Parliament Speaker’s Office has failed to hear draft bills from any political party besides the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), leaving 2,817 draft bills from the opposition and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) unattended, daily Cumhuriyet … Continue reading

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Turkey’s opposition slams government crackdown on HDP

Duvar English Turkey’s opposition parties have criticized the detention of dozens of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) members, saying that the move is politically motivated. Turkish police on Sept. 25 detained dozens of HDP members, including the co-mayor of the eastern … Continue reading

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How the FinCEN files are (not) reported in Turkey

The FinCEN files that were released last Sunday shook the world. News agencies have since put forward detailed reports of criminals, oligarchs, and despots moving dirty money around the world.  The FinCEN files, which were carried out by the ICIJ … Continue reading

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Erdoğan says course of talks on Mediterranean dispute to depend on steps taken by Greece

Duvar English Turkey, Greece agree to resume talks after four years in Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held a phone call on Sept. 23 and discussed the situation in the eastern Mediterranean. The phone … Continue reading

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Selahattin Demirtaş to carry indictments into him as medals, CHP leader says

Duvar English Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş will carry the indictments into him as medals, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said. Kılıçdaroğlu commented on a recent indictment into Demirtaş, who has been … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Central Bank hikes interest rates unexpectedly, bumping up lira from record low

Duvar English – Reuters Turkish lira hits new record low against dollar as experts blame distrust for economy Turkey’s lira charged higher against the dollar on Sept. 24 as a result of the central bank’s surprise move to raise its policy rate, proving … Continue reading

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Pompeo warns Turkey that Huawei presence threatens military cooperation with US

Duvar English U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Turkey’s growing reliance on Huawei and other Chinese companies could complicate Washington’s military cooperation Ankara. “They make it more difficult,” the Secretary of State told the Washington Examiner. “The fact that … Continue reading

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US pharma firms might abandon Turkish market over failure to pay debts, ambassador warns

Reuters The U.S. ambassador to Turkey said on Sept. 23 companies will consider abandoning its market if it fails to fully meet debt payments to American pharmaceutical firms, and he criticized a new Turkish law clamping down on big social media sites. … Continue reading

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