A 4.2 magnitude earthquake was felt in Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Sept. 24, said the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). AFAD said the quake occurred at 4.38 p.m. local time and was centered in the Marmara Sea.
An inscribed tablet aged around 1,800 years was returned to Turkey after being stolen from a western ancient city in the 90s. Dating back to third century B.C.,the tablet was taken to Italy and confiscated by Italian police in 1997.
Heavy presence of the Asian tiger mosquito was detected in four Istanbul districts, concerning locals as the bug can carry malaria, the Zika virus and encephalitis. The invasive species have been increasing in population around Istanbul in the past decade, an Istanbul University veterinarian said.
The founders of private Altınbaş University were detained on charges of fraud in Istanbul. The brothers allegedly reported buying boat fuel to benefit from tax exemptions regarding marine transportation.
A recent survey revealed that about a quarter of students in Istanbul can't access remote education materials. The most common barrier to materials was revealed to be the lack of technological equipment like phones or televisions.
Gli the Hagia Sophia cat has fallen ill two months after the site was converted into a mosque and will live away from people in a private room. Caretakers of the 16-year-old cat, who was born at Hagia Sophia, previously warned worshippers to not overwhelm Gli after footage of them taking pictures of Gli with flashes and feeding him unhealthy food emerged on social media.
An Istanbul court on Sept. 15 rejected the acquittal plea of seven defendants in a case related to the 2013 Gezi Park protests. Nine of the sixteen civil society figures were acquitted of all the charges in a hearing on Feb. 18, but the case of seven defendants - who are abroad and are being tried in absentia - was separated.
Turkey had its debt rating cut deeper into junk by Moody’s Investors Service, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed credit agency ratings. The sovereign credit rating was cut to B2, five levels below investment grade and on par with Egypt, Jamaica and Rwanda, Bloomberg reported. “Do what you want to do, your ratings are of no importance," Erdoğan said in response.
Ali Demir writes: So the property of the local non-Muslims collapsed, and what happened? Nothing! The whole country is now composed of non-local foreigners. The greedy tailor apprentice that murdered his master could not sew a jacket, and will never be able to.
A banter between two Istanbul district municipalities about who had the best views turned into a nationwide competition. While the two Istanbul municipalities also compared accomplishments, municipalities from around Turkey sent in their best shots.
An Istanbul court on Sept. 7 handed down 40 aggravated life sentences plus over 1,300 years to the gunman in the 2017 New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack at the time, saying it was an act of revenge for Turkey's military involvement in Syria.
Today, Ankara is not Wuhan. Wuhan is a good example compared to our capital city. Today, Ankara is a construction site. Ankara residents have to remind the city again that they do not want a municipal administration that works for contractors — alongside a presidential system that works for contractors.
Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel “A Recipe for Daphne” visits the ghosts of the past, including those of September 6-7,1955, but comes out unhaunted and hopeful.
A group of lawyers in Istanbul and Ankara have come together in an attempt to form separate bar associations in the provinces. However, as their numbers have not yet reached 2,000, they have lost their chance to send delegations for elections of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) which is set to be held in October.
Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya has urged COVID-19 patients who are self-isolating at home not to leave their houses under any circumstance. Yerlikaya said that local governor's offices have been meeting the needs of these patients in every way possible. Those who do not comply with the quarantine rules are imposed an administrative fine and also face criminal charges, the governor said.