Cities in Turkey

‘Edirne rose’ brought from Bulgaria, planted in border city

Officials in the northwestern province of Edirne have planted saplings of "Edirne rose," a local rose species that got lost over time, that they brought from a Bulgarian village in its own habitat, reviving the species once again.

"Edirne rose has reunited with the lands it once was born in," said Recep Gürkan, the mayor of the province, during a ceremony on Nov. 25.

Turkey hands over homes, shops to İzmir quake victims

Turkey delivers the first phase residences and shops to the earthquake victims in the western province of İzmir, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 26.

"After the İzmir earthquake, we decided to build a total of 5,074 residences and 353 shops. We promised to start delivering them within a year," Erdoğan said, attending the earthquake housing delivery ceremony in İzmir.

Air quality in Thrace degrading: Academic


The air quality in the Thrace region is degrading, with the northwestern province of Edirne facing the highest risk, an academic has warned.

"Edirne has the most polluted air, but the air pollution in the provinces of Tekirdağ and Kırklareli are high, too," Gamze Varol from Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University told the Demirören News Agency.

Istanbul’s local dog framed over poop on train

"Boji," Istanbul's beloved stray dog who has captured hearts after being spotted by the city's locals for regularly using public transport, has been framed and accused of pooping on a train.

Footage from a surveillance camera showed a man leaving the poop on the seat of a train, attempting to frame Boji and accuse him of leaving the feces on public transport.

Turkey rescues dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greece

Turkish coast guard units rescued dozens of asylum seekers pushed back by Greek forces late on Nov. 15. 

A total of 45 asylum seekers were rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Ayvalık district in Turkey's northwestern province of Balıkesir, the Turkish Coast Guard said in a statement.

One person was also arrested for alleged human smuggling, the statement said.

School break gives boost to domestic tourism

Scores of people, especially students, are flocking to Turkey's major holiday destinations, such as Antalya, Cappadocia and Lake Abant, with the start of a short school break, giving a boost to local tourism activity.

Schools will remain closed from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, but holidaymakers merged the weekends to prolong their stay at tourism destinations.

Galatasaray get precious home win in Turkish league as archrivals lose

Galatasaray on Oct. 31 beat Gaziantep FK 2-0 in a Turkish Spor Toto Süper Lig match for a valuable victory as their archrivals Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe suffered defeats each in the same week.

The visitors were quite disciplined in defense after the kickoff in Istanbul's Nef Stadium as the Lions managed to break the deadlock just before the break.

Trabzonspor beats Göztepe, stays top in Süper Lig

Trabzonspor defeated Göztepe 1-0 in the Turkish Süper Lig week 10 game on Oct. 23.

Gervinho of Ivory Coast brought victory to Trabzonspor with his goal in the 56th minute at Göztepe Gursel Aksel Stadium in İzmir.

With this victory, the Black Sea Storm increased their undefeated streak to 22 games in the Süper Lig.