Istanbul’s elderly ‘still using public transport despite warnings’

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has warned that the city's elderly were still widely using the city's public transport despite warnings to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak.

He noted that the number of elderly people — aged above 60 — who use the megacity's metro and inner-city bus networks, indeed declined by 54 percent over the past two weeks.

Monthly residential property sales up 51 pct in Feb

Residential property sales in Turkey continue its upward trend, jumping 51.4 percent in February, compared to the same month last year, the country's statistical authority announced on March 16.

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said in a statement that some 118,750 houses changed hands last month, up from almost 96,000 in the month a year earlier.

Historic buildings near Galata Tower face danger of collapse

Two historic towers near Istanbul's landmark Galata Tower, which has an important place in the unique silhouette of the city, face the danger of collapse.

The six-hundred-year-old towers, which have been heavily damaged from the groundwork to the top, are in a very weak state, according to experts.

Migrants in Turkey head to EU borders after signal from Ankara

Groups of migrants in Turkey headed toward its borders with Greece and Bulgaria on Friday, Reuters reporters said, after a senior official said Ankara will no longer abide by a 2016 EU deal and stop refugees from reaching Europe.
Late on Thursday, Turkey said 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.

Turkey's population tops 83.15 million in 2019

Turkey's population hit 83.15 million as of the end of 2019, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Feb. 4.

Official figures revealed that the population residing in Turkey increased by 1,151,115 people year-on-year.

"Male population was 41,721,136 people and female population was 41,433,861 people," TÜİK said.