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Concrete hotel built on the historical walls of Istanbul draws anger

A five-story concrete hotel built on Istanbul's 1600-year-old city walls and a historical fountain draws anger of the residents in Cankurtaran neighborhood.
Some stones of the fortification wall, on which serious destructions are noticeable, have been unhitched and the faucet part of the fountain has been removed.
Also, some parts of the fountain have been destroyed.

Work starts on high-speed metro to Istanbul Airport

Construction began on Jan. 18 on a new high-speed metro line connecting the heart of Istanbul to the new mega-Istanbul Airport.

The new line, set to be finished in August 2021, will whisk passengers from Gayrettepe, in Şişli, on the Turkish metropolis' European side, to the new airport in just 35 minutes.

Family of murdered Nigerian migrant to join criminal proceedings after 13-year struggle

The family of Festus Okey, a Nigerian asylum seeker who had been murdered at Istanbul's Beyoğlu police station in 2007, will join the criminal proceedings after 13 years of a legal and bureaucratic struggle.

Okey was detained on Aug. 20, 2007 on charges of drug possession and was brought to the Beyoğlu police station. He was fatally shot by Yıldız after his interrogation.

Turkey housing market sees 1.35 mln in sales in 2019

Nearly 1.35 million houses were sold in Turkey last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) announced on Jan. 15.

House sales dropped by 1.9 percent - or 26,669 units - in 2019, compared to the previous year, according to TÜİK data.

Nearly 511,700 houses were sold for the first time while the remaining were second-hand sales from January to December.

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