Demirören News Agency

Turkey’s last dancing bear dies in animal shelter

Turkey's last dancing bear died in an animal shelter in the country's northwestern province, marking the end of a cruel tradition that was made illegal years ago.

Brütüs, a 37-year-old grizzly who was the last surviving member of the 64 dancing bears brought to a shelter in Bursa's Karacabey district decades ago, died of multiple organ failure due to old age.

Foreign caregivers become harder to find due to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and sudden jump in exchange rates have put Turkish families behind the eight ball since foreign babysitters and housekeepers are paid mostly with dollars.

Finding an affordable babysitter in Istanbul has become what can be called a gladiatorial experience for new families as they would like to have a live-in nanny due to the pandemic.

Air quality in Thrace degrading: Academic


The air quality in the Thrace region is degrading, with the northwestern province of Edirne facing the highest risk, an academic has warned.

"Edirne has the most polluted air, but the air pollution in the provinces of Tekirdağ and Kırklareli are high, too," Gamze Varol from Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University told the Demirören News Agency.

Brutal femicide with samurai sword triggers wave of anger

In yet another case of femicide, a woman has been brutally murdered in broad daylight with a samurai sword while she was walking on a street in Istanbul.

Başak Cengiz, a 28-year-old woman, was attacked by Can Göktuğ Boz out of nowhere with a samurai sword while she was walking on a street of a housing estate where she resided in Istanbul's Ataşehir district late on Nov. 9.