Young woman assaulted on public bus in Istanbul for wearing shorts

A young woman has been verbally and physically assaulted on a public bus on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday for wearing short pants, private broadcaster ShowTV has reported.

The 23-year-old woman was assaulted after she got onto the bus in the Maslak neighborhood of Istanbul on Sept. 12. 

AKP gets appreciated for fixing what it breaks

"[President] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has proven to be a world leader. He mends fences with Russia. And now the U.S. is jealous. Did you see how [U.S. President Barack] Obama was looking at Erdoğan and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin during the G-20 Summit?" an elderly acquaintance recently said to me. 

"Who broke ties with Russia in the first place?" I asked. 

Starfish fossil found on mountain in Turkey's south

A starfish fossil has been found at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the southern Turkish province of Mersin's Bozyazı district, Doğan News Agency has reported. 

The fossil appears to prove that the Taurus Mountains were under the sea millions of years ago.

The starfish fossil was discovered in a rock, with locals saying there are many fossils of barnacles in the vicinity.

Tensions Grow Over Bulgaria's UN Candidate

After UNESCO Director Irina Bokova came only fifth in the fourth ballot for a new UN Secretary-General, reports are rife that Bulgaria may replace her with the European Commission Vice-President, Kristalina Georgieva.

However, Bulgaria's deputy-premier and Minister of Interior, Rumyana Bachvarova, dismissed this on Monday.