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Why 5 Siblings Walk on All Fours and Can't Stand Up

Scientists call into question a 'reverse evolution' theory about the Turkish family

(Newser) - Some people walk on all fours for fun, or for sport, but not for long stretches and certainly not for ease of mobility. Yet five siblings in a family of 19 in Hatay, Turkey, walk not just primarily but only on all fours, and lack the balance to do otherwise.... More »

Some People Ignored Writing for Thousands of Years

Ancient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later

(Newser) - What if people still used typewriters in the year 4,000? Or wrote with a stone and chisel today? That's roughly the equivalent of what archaeologists discovered in Turkey, where a dig dating to 600 to 900 BC turned up clay tokens alongside cuneiform tablets, the Smithsonian reports. The... More »

Why Turkey Is Fascinated With Grisly Murder Trial

Man accused of killing parents, chopping them up, among other things

(Newser) - Turkey is in the midst of what Vocativ calls its murder trial of the century. Kenan Oner is accused of murdering his parents, chopping them up, and burying them in their yard, all so he could get his inheritance early, police believe. Still missing is his wife, who hasn't... More »

Turkey Detains 18 in Mine Disaster

Including at least 2 honchos from Soma Holding

(Newser) - Eighteen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency is reporting today. The Dogan news agency said Ramazan Dogru, general manager of the mine owned by Soma Holding, and its operations manager, Akin Celik, were among... More »

Turkey Ends Mine Search With Death Toll at 301

Anger among miners, families still rising

(Newser) - Turkey's energy minister says rescue workers have completed their search in Turkey's worst mining disaster after retrieving the bodies of the last two missing miners. Taner Yildiz said today that the death toll from the May 13 explosion and fire that devastated a coal mine in Soma is... More »

Engineers: Mining Disaster Was 'Murder'

Anger erupts as PM's aide appears to kick protester

(Newser) - With the death toll now at 282 and the hope of finding survivors diminishing, anger over yesterday's mine disaster in Turkey is spiking fast—and some aren't hesitating to point fingers. "WHAT HAPPENED IN SOMA IS NOT FATE, IT IS MURDER," a branch of the Chamber... More »

Protesters Tear-Gassed After Turkey Mine Blast

Death toll rises to 238; 120 still trapped, says PM

(Newser) - With the death toll from Turkey's mine explosion at 238, some are attacking a mine management system that "thinks only about money," as one worker puts it. Anger has sparked protests, including one that saw 800 student demonstrators hit with tear gas and water cannons in Ankara,... More »

201 Dead, Hundreds Trapped in Turkey Mine Blast

Rescue efforts underway

(Newser) - Yesterday was a deadly day for miners : An explosion and a fire killed at least 201 workers at a coal mine in western Turkey and hundreds more remained trapped underground, government officials said today. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people were inside the coal mine in Soma at the... More »

Man on Dating Show Reveals He's a Lady Killer—Literally

Sefer Calinak murdered two women, served short sentences each time

(Newser) - It's tough to find love when you've murdered multiple previous lovers. Perhaps that's what drove Sefer Calinak to appear on the Turkish dating show Luck of the Draw, where he cheerfully admitted killing his first wife and another woman, the Hurriyet Daily News reports. Calinak married his... More »

Now Turkey's Trying to Ban YouTube, Too

Leaked security meeting prompts 'administrative action'

(Newser) - Not content with having blocked/" eradicated " Twitter, Turkish authorities today blocked YouTube, after a video that appeared to show Turkish officials debating their next move regarding Syria leaked to the site. "After technical analysis and legal consideration … an administrative measure has been taken for this website,"... More »

Turkey PM: We Downed Syria Jet in Airspace 'Slap'

PM says it violated its airspace; Syria calls move 'blatant aggression'

(Newser) - Days after Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt at eradicating Twitter didn't go so well, the Turkish PM is confirming that his armed forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it violated Turkish airspace, reports the BBC . " A Syrian plane violated our airspace," he told a rally... More »

Turkey Blocks Twitter, Threatens to 'Eradicate' It

'Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,' says PM

(Newser) - In Turkish Prime Minister's Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest feud with social media, Twitter access has been blocked and he has threatened to entirely wipe out the service. "We now have a court order. We'll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone... More »

Turk PM in Hot Water Over Explosive Tapes With Son

Erdogan calls them fake, while opposition calls on him to resign

(Newser) - The prime minister of Turkey is furiously denouncing as fake a recording leaked online in which he and his son appear to discuss how to hide massive quantities of cash. In what Reuters describes as a "dramatic" parliament session, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the recordings were "a shameless... More »

Pilot Tricked Ukraine Hijacker

He landed in Istanbul, announced it was Sochi

(Newser) - When a Ukraine passenger aboard a Turkish passenger plane announced that he had a bomb yesterday and ordered the plane to fly to Sochi, the pilot pulled a fast one, reports Radio Free Europe . He pretended to oblige but brought the plane down at an airport in Istanbul instead. Upon... More »

Turkey Ousts 350 Cops Overnight

Organized crime, national security cops turned into traffic cops amidst corruption probe

(Newser) - In one fell swoop, Turkey ousted 350 police officers at midnight, in what many analysts believe is an attempt by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quash the corruption investigation against him. The affected officers come mostly from the organized crime, fiscal crime, terrorism, and cybercrime units—including 80 directors... More »

Guardians of 'Hell's Gate' Unearthed in Turkey

Pluto's Gate once had snake, 3-headed dog standing guard

(Newser) - What's a "Gate to Hell" without a couple of scary guardians lurking outside? Appropriately, archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed two marble statues that once guarded the fabled portal to the underworld known as Pluto's Gate, LiveScience reports. "The statues represent two mythological creatures," says archaeologist... More »

Hey Tech Guys: Women Don't Want Massive Phones

Zeynep Tufekci describes her frustrations dealing with her too-big Nexus

(Newser) - Zeynep Tufekci was covering a protest in Istanbul when Turkish soldiers began firing tear gas into the peaceful crowd. She whipped out her phone—a Google Nexus 4—hoping to document the outrage, and clutching her bag with one hand, tried to snap a picture with the other. It was... More »

For 1st Time, Sea Tunnel Links 2 Continents

Istanbul link was planned 150 years ago

(Newser) - An idea conceived by an Ottoman sultan 150 years ago is finally coming to life: Turkey this week opened the first sea tunnel connecting two continents. The 8.5-mile-long tunnel connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, with 4,593 feet of it running under the Bosporus, the strait... More »

Archaeologists Find 4K-Year-Old Brain

It was likely preserved by earthquake, fire

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Turkey have uncovered one of the oldest human brains ever found, New Scientist reports. The 4,000-year-old organ was found in Seyitömer Höyük, a Bronze Age settlement, and researchers think its owner was likely killed when an earthquake buried him under rubble. A fire probably... More »

Turkey Bans Studio Apartments ...

... in apparent bid to boost the nation's marriage rate

(Newser) - Turkey this month put new building rules into effect that outlaw studio apartments. The government swears it's to cut down on people illegally renting them out to tourists, but Vocative reports that critics see a thinly disguised ulterior motive: Leaders want to discourage people from living alone and instead... More »

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