Preacher powers through pandemic by helping others

As Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, many still carry a certain sadness over being unable to pray in mosques during the holy month.

However, a Turkish preacher in Istanbul did not let the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic dampen his spirit, finding solace and meaning in charity work throughout Ramadan.

Historical Istanbul mosque robbed by thieves

Plates in the domes of the 432-year historical Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, have been stolen by thieves.
Taking advantage of the lockdown in the late hours of April 27, the suspects removed the plates on the domes and fled from the scene by loading the plates onto a car they brought with them.

No evidence of murder found in death of ex-UK army officer

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office has concluded that former British military intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, who was found dead in front of his office in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district late last year, died from falling from the terrace of his house, closing the case into his death.

Decades-old Istanbul record store set to close its doors

After decades serving Istanbul music lovers, a historic record store is shuttering its doors at the end of this year due to "family reasons."

"Our adventure, which started on May 13, 1954, will end on Dec. 31, 2019," said the Lale Plak's Twitter account last week, saddening its longtime customers as well as musicians and music lovers everywhere.

Storm and rainfall hit western Turkey

The southwestern wind, which began on Dec. 22, continues to impact various cities in Turkey, especially Istanbul.

Due to the strong wind that turned into a storm from time-to-time, giant waves have lashed the coast of Üsküdar district, and sea transportation was hampered in the Bosphorus Strait and Marmara Sea.