Turkey’s top judge warns against ‘new tutelage,’ deplores becoming ‘scapegoat’

The head of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, Haşim Kılıç, has deplored becoming the government’s scapegoat for the ruling overturning bans on Twitter and YouTube earlier this year, while warning that the once decried “judicial tutelage” has been replaced by a new one.

Turkish anchorwoman Sedef Kabaş detained for tweet about corruption

Turkish journalist and anchorwoman Sedef Kabaş has been detained and her house has been searched after she called via Twitter for citizens not to forget the name of the judge who dropped the Dec. 17, 2013, corruption probe that involved high-profile, former Cabinet members.

Turkish clerics debate Demba Ba’s ‘Islamic’ goal celebration

The goal celebration of Beşiktaş’s Senegalese national Demba Ba, who kneels down to prostrate before God after goal, has stirred a religious debate in Turkey, with a popular televangelist declaring it a sin to perform the action in a random direction instead of toward the Kaaba.

Van’s Iron age castle new ancient discovery

Academics have discovered a new castle dating back 3,000 years to the Iron Age in the eastern province of Van.

Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) History of Art Department Professor Mehmet Top, with the help of village head İrfan Yücel, recently revealed the existence of the castle in the Yurtbaşı neighborhood of Gürpınar district.

Egypt bans biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Egypt has banned Hollywood’s big screen biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” a 20th Century Fox spokesman has said to Reuters. The studio owned by 21st Century Fox Inc. declined to give a reason for the ban, but films that depict biblical figures have been prohibited before in the Muslim country.

Beşiktaş defends top spot before New Year’s

Istanbul’s Beşiktaş maintained its top spot in the Turkish Spor Toto Super League, narrowly winning a difficult away game against Central Anatolia’s Torku Konyaspor.

After weathering an early home side storm in the first quarter, the Black and Whites found the net with its first attempt on goal through a 20th-minute strike from Gökhan Töre.

Turkey’s top business organization against presidential system: Chairman

The head of TÜSİAD warns that adopting a presidential system may take Turkey in the wrong direction while lamenting the poor state of the judiciary Turkey’s top business organization, TÜSIAD, is against a regime change toward presidential system, its leader has said, while also complaining of the country’s poor judicial system.

HDP, families call on Erdoğan to act against Uludere massacre victims

Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has joined the commemoration of the 34 villagers who lost their lives in a Turkish military airstrike in 2011 in the southeastern province of Şırnak, calling on the government find those responsible for the deaths.