President Erdogan says the recent attack on a nightclub in Istanbul was aimed at polarizing Turkish society. Meanwhile, Turkish security forces have detained several people in connection with the attack. But the main suspect remains at large.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Members of the "Islamic State" (IS) alleged to have been involved in last year's Istanbul airport attack have gone on trial in Turkey. If convicted, they could face a combined record jail sentence.
Sebahattin Onkibar, who recently penned "Asena," on the political life of Erdogan-challenger Meral Aksener, was attacked while signing autographs. The Turkish Publishers Association has condemned the incident.
Ever since Turkey's attempted 2016 coup, a growing number of books have been outlawed and confiscated, with some even being considered evidence for certain crimes. Publishers, authors and readers are deeply concerned.
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