Mr. Sayan, my high school classmate…

Ömer Fatih Sayan was appointed the head of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) on Aug. 25, ahead of a key telecommunications tender on Aug. 26
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Technology Review magazine has included three Turkish women in its “35 Innovators Under 35” list this year. The list includes 35 inspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians and pioneers from around the world. Meet Duygu Kayaman, Gözde Durmuş and Canan Dağdeviren.
The spokesman of Victoria’s Secret lingerie model has stated that she has “no affiliation to any political party in Turkey” and was tricked by a local man into making a nationalist hand gesture
Turkish baths, one of the best known features of Gaziantep, and their culture will be featured in a new museum opening soon in the southeastern province.
Daily Hürriyet cartoonist Latif Demirci imagines the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, as the former handed over the mandate to form an interim government

In sadder news:

At least eight people were killed and one went missing due to floods and landslides in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, Turkish Forestry Minister has announced.
A total of eight people were killed in the floods that affected the Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, with one child still remained missing

Turkish floods ‘kill at least eight’

Turkish officials say that at least eight people have been killed by heavy flooding in the north-east of the country.
At least seven people were killed and two went missing due to floods and landslides in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, the governor has announced.
A deputy chief of police in Istanbul who was arrested early on Aug. 18 over the killing of a motorcycle rider in a road-rage incident has been released pending trial
After three members of Turkey’s security forces were killed in the latest attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s southeast, an indeterminate curfew went into effect starting from yesterday at noon in the Silvan district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır
Turkey can no longer carry the weight of the rising number of killings amid the spiral of violence taking its toll on all sides, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said, urging both the president and the government to listen to calls for an imminent silencing of arms.
The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings has launched the 2015 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Report and Scorecard, which evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services across 21 countries. According to Brookings’ FDIP analysis, Turkey ranked sixth among the countries for its financial inclusion efforts

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