Turkey detains controversial televangelist over 'fraud' Jul 12, 2018 0 63 12345 AFPANKARATURKISH police on Wednesday detained on fraud charges a televangelist notorious for propagating conservative views while surrounded by scantily-clad women he refers to as his"kittens".Adnan Oktar, a bizarre and controversial figure who also denies evolution, was detained alongside dozens of mainly female alleged supporters on accusations of fraud, bribery and sexual assault.Oktar, who critics see as the leader of a cult, gained notoriety for his programmes on the online A9 television channel and had regularly been denounced by Turkey's religious leaders.He presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women -- who appeared to have had plastic surgery -- who he dubbed"kittens".In a major crackdown on his group, he was taken into custody in Istanbul as part of a probe by the city's police financial crimes unit, state-run Anadolu news agency said.A total of 235 arrest warrants were issued and at least 166 people have been detained so far in helicopter-backed raids in Istanbul, Ankara and also southern Turkey, Anadolu said. NTV television said 100 of those detained are female. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Air strikes, clashes rock IS pocket in south Syria Jul 12, 2018 0 71 Drivers rejoice as Damascus dismantles checkpoints Jul 12, 2018 0 67 Israel Patriot missile intercepts unarmed drone from Syria: Army Jul 12, 2018 0 555 Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 deadly accident AFP ISTANBUL A TURKISH court on Wednesday handed jail terms of up to 22 years to five top managers convicted of negligence over Turkey's worst ever mining disaster, which claimed hundreds of lives. The accident in May .. Irish Senate clears law to ban goods from Israeli settlements AFP DUBLIN THE Irish Senate gave its support on Wednesday to a draft law prohibiting the import of goods produced in occupied territories around the world, including Israeli settlements considered illegal under .. At least 11 dead in Iran bus-tanker collision AFP TERHAN AT least 11 people died on Wednesday when a fuel tanker collided with a bus in western Iran, state media reported. The vehicles crashed shortly after midnight (1900 GMT Tuesday) in Sanandaj, the capital of ..