Much-awaited rain to bring respite from drought

Amid a severe drought following a scorching summer and unseasonably warm weather persisting across the country until the last month of autumn, weather conditions are beginning to shift with precipitation expected to affect many cities, primarily provinces in the Marmara and Aegean regions, the Turkish State Meteorological Service has said.

Ceremony held to commemorate people killed in İzmir quake


A commemorative event has been held in memory of the 117 people who lost their lives in the 6.6 magnitude earthquake in the western province of İzmir on the third anniversary of the disaster.

Relatives of the deceased and local authorities gathered at the Oct. 30 Earthquake Memorial in Hasan Ali Yücel Park, where they paid their respects and laid carnations at the monument.

İYİ Party to run solely in all provinces in municipal polls

İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has revealed plans to contest all 81 provinces, including key battlegrounds Istanbul and Ankara, in the upcoming local elections without forming any alliances.

The announcement comes as Istanbul and Ankara mayors Ekrem İmamoğlu and Mansur Yavaş, respectively, declared their intentions to seek re-election in the upcoming March municipal elections.

Man saves cigarette money to build caravan

After quitting smoking two years ago and saving the money he would have otherwise spent on cigarettes, a man living in the western province of İzmir has turned his 2004 model vehicle into a caravan.

Mehmet Ardil, a 38-year-old auto electrician, decided to quit smoking two packs of cigarettes a day when he became a father of twin boys.