Ekrem İmamoğlu

NASA salutes ‘glowing Istanbul’

NASA has posted a night image of Istanbul taken from the International Space Station (ISS) on social media, with a message saying, "Hey Istanbul, you are glowing."

The image was captured by the International Space Station on May 10 as it orbited 263 miles (around 423 kilometers) above the Black Sea, NASA said in a post on Instagram.

Istanbul joins European bank's Green Cities program

Istanbul, Turkey's largest city by population, has joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Green Cities urban sustainability program.

The European bank will provide financial support to the construction of a new 14 km metro line connecting the east and west of the city, according to a statement from the bank on May 3. 

Ottoman sultan’s iconic portrait donated to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

A rare 16th-century portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Ottoman sultan, has been donated to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality by an anonymous buyer after it fetched a hefty 350,000 British pounds ($481,000) of sale price in an auction in London last month.

Istanbul mayor fined for ‘insulting’ former governor of Ordu

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has been fined 7,080 Turkish Liras ($950) for "insulting" the former governor of Ordu province during a visit in 2019.

Put on trial on the ground of insulting the then-governor of Ordu, Seddar Yavuz, İmamoğlu was sentenced to pay a fine of 20 liras ($2,67) per day for 354 days at the seventh hearing of the case.

Inquiry launched over Istanbul Municipality’s Mehmed the Conqueror portrait

The Istanbul Governor's Office has launched an inquiry into a portrait of Ottoman Emperor Mehmet the Conqueror, which the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality had bought in an auction in London for $1.1 million, after allegations that the painting could be fake.