Classes cancelled after deadly storm sweeps several provinces

Classes have been cancelled in at least 10 provinces, including Istanbul, after a powerful storm has killed five people, left dozens of others injured, sank boats and damaged buildings across the country.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said at least four people were killed and more than 40 were injured in Istanbul, one of the cities hit hard by the storm.

Academic completes dangerous open-water swim route

An academic of a Turkish university has swum for 15 hours in the 34-kilometer Catalina Channel, which stretches between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles in the United States.

Raha Akhavan Tabatabaei, an academic from Sabancı University, successfully reached her goal by swimming the track, known as the world's one of the most dangerous open-water swim routes.

Swordfish caught in Istanbul Strait after 50 years

Fishermen have caught a swordfish in Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait after approximately half a century since it was last seen in Turkish waters.

"It is good news to learn that an endangered species is seen in Istanbul Strait," Nuray Erkan, a professor from Istanbul University's Hydrology Faculty, told the daily Milliyet on Oct. 15.

Old sea mine found in Bosphorus destroyed

An exploded sea mine caught in fishermen's net in the Bosphorus has been detonated by the efforts of the military.

"A sea mine, which was caught in the net of a fishing boat and taken to a deck in the Bosphorus, was examined by an Underwater Defense [SAS] team and destroyed at the SAS Command/Riva destruction training area," the Defense Ministry said on Twitter.