Moderate earthquake shakes Turkey’s northwest, no casualty reported

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck Turkey's northwestern province of Düzce, the country's disaster authority announced on Nov. 17.

The quake shook the central district of the province at 3:40 p.m. local time, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

It occurred at a depth of 18.02 kilometers below the surface, it added.

Turkey appoints new deputy Central Bank governor

Turkey has appointed a new deputy governor to the country's Central Bank and a new member to the bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) while dismissing two deputy governors and one MPC member.

According to a presidential decree early on Oct. 14, Taha Çakmak has been appointed as the new deputy governor of the bank while Yusuf Tuna was appointed as a member of the committee.

Excavations in Çayönü Mound to shed light on Neolithic era

Archaeological teams in Turkey continue excavations in the Çayönü mound, a Neolithic settlement where traces of settled life and production are observed.

The excavations in Çayönü, in the southeastern Diyarbakır province, began in 1964, but they were halted in 1991 due to security reasons. The work has resumed in 2017 with a team led by Aslı Erim Özdoğan.

Death toll in bus crashes in western Turkey rises to 23

At least 23 people were killed and 28 others injured in two separate accidents on Aug. 8 in western Turkey involving
passenger buses, officials said.


Eight people died and 11 others were injured in Izmir province when a passenger bus veered off an embankment and plunged to the ground in Kemalpaşa district, Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger said on Twitter.

Bulgaria: Caretaker Government Replaced All Regional Governors

The caretaker Government Wednesday adopted a decision relieving of their posts all regional governors and appointing new replacements, Cabinet's spokesman Anton Koutev said Wednesday. The new appointees are to assume their posts at 9 am on Thursday, Koutev told journalists after  Cabinet's regular meeting.

Istanbul mayor fined for ‘insulting’ former governor of Ordu

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has been fined 7,080 Turkish Liras ($950) for "insulting" the former governor of Ordu province during a visit in 2019.

Put on trial on the ground of insulting the then-governor of Ordu, Seddar Yavuz, İmamoğlu was sentenced to pay a fine of 20 liras ($2,67) per day for 354 days at the seventh hearing of the case.