Central Anatolia Region

Boyfriend shoots dead 16-year-old girl at schoolyard in Turkey's Aksaray

A 16-year-old high school student has been shot dead by her boyfriend, allegedly for wanting to break up with him, in the yard of her school in Central Anatolian Aksaray province. 

Elif Zelal Yeni was shot and killed with a rifle by 18-year-old Samet Ermi? at the schoolyard of Osman Gazi Anatolian High School, where she was a student, at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.

Golden Age of Midas exhibit in US

The Penn Museum will host an exclusive exhibition titled 'The Golden Age of King Midas,' featuring a spectacular array of specially-loaned ancient artifacts from TurkeyAn exhibition titled "The Golden Age of King Midas," featuring ancient artifacts from the era of King Midas, will be displayed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum between Feb. 13 and Nov. 27.  

An early Christian church discovered in Turkey

A team of Turkish archaeologists have found an early Christian church in an underground settlement near Nevsehir, in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey.

The archaeologists have dated the church to the 5th century CE. They discovered the church in a large underground city that the scientists found in March 2015, as sci-news website mentions.

At least 69 injured in bus crashes in central Turkey

At least 69 people have been injured in two separate bus crashes in central Turkey, the state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Some 14 people were injured after a passenger bus went off a road connecting Kayseri, a central province, and Malatya, an eastern province, early Feb. 7 because of heavy gusts and ice.

Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia breaks tourist record

The number of tourists visiting the Ihlara Valley, one of the most important routes of Cappadocia in the Central Anatolian province of Aksaray, increased by 12 percent to 491,380 last year compared to 2014. 

The Ihlara Valley is a site of stunning natural beauty and is home to a series of ancient Christian churches and frescoes tucked away in stone caves. 

New stadiums testify to the death of Turkish football

Sports and politics have never been two separate issues, especially in a country such as Turkey. After 13 years of one-party rule, the influence of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Turkish sports is ever obvious.

Football, the most popular sport in the country - and the world - was of course the focus of the AKP's attention.