Turkey should embrace democracy to keep up as a nation

The question recently rooted in the back of my mind as our parent newspaper, daily Hürriyet, launched a series of interviews with prominent figures from Turkish society to rediscover the shared values of the Turkish people, who have long been suffering from political, social and ethnic divisions. 

Turkish man rescues cat stuck in tree, becomes stuck himself

A Turkish man attempting to rescue a cat stuck in a tree surprised curious bystanders when he became stuck in the same tree himself after saving the feline in the Bağcılar district of Istanbul. Umut Öztürk, 27, was trying to rescue the cat before firefighters arrived to save it, but ended up waiting for the fire department himself after he became stuck. 

Islamic art auction in London

Following two auctions of Islamic and Indian art in April and October 2015, Bonhams auction house will organize another auction of Islamic and Indian art in London on April 19, featuring exceptional items in several categories. The 315-lot sale includes pieces of outstanding quality in glassware and ceramics, calligraphy and miniature painting, sculpture, bronze, carpets and textiles.

Man changes name to trick IT systems and saves money

Jonathan David is a Computer Engineering and Theoretical Physics graduate – and he reckons he’s just saved himself over 14,000 Euros. Last year David changed his name to ‘Raven Felix Null’ – and since many IT systems can’t register ‘Null’ as a name, he’s finding he can bypass paying for things like hotel bills and car rentals.

Jennifer Lopez texts Leonardo Dicaprio on carpool karaoke

The 46-year-old pop star joined the late night host James Corden for a Carpool Karaoke session. During their drive around the host grilled JLo about insuring her famous booty and her famous ex-boyfriends.

But the highlight was definitely when he took JLo’s phone and sent Leonardo DiCaprio a message without the singer’s permission.

Father in northwestern Turkey kills cancer patient son 'to end his pain'

A man in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, who allegedly shot dead his cancer patient son with the latter's consent, was arrested on March 29.

The incident occurred in the Erenler neighborhood of the ?zmit district, with the man identified only as Salim B. allegedly shooting his 23-year-old son, who was suffering from colon cancer. 

German book exhibition in Istanbul

As part of the 52nd Week of Libraries celebration, Goethe-Institut Istanbul will organize an exhibit displaying the "Finest German Books 2015" collection. 

According to a written statement made by the institute, the 25-book collection is the result of a long-running contest that is organized in Germany by the Foundation of Book Arts every year.