Istanbul

Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

The relief of local activists after the mosque construction in Istanbul’s protected Validebağ grove was halted has proven short-lived, with Mayor Kadir Topbaş announcing that the court order for a stay of execution had been reversed following the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s appeal.

Mosque construction halted in Istanbul grove, Üsküdar Municipality declares

Istanbul’s Üsküdar Municipality has decided to halt the construction of a small mosque next to the Validebağ grove, after activists continued to brave inclement weather by camping out on the site to prevent the cutting down of the grove's trees.

Istanbul makes audacious bid to be named European Green Capital 2017

Boastful of its environmental policy despite activists’ outcry over gargantuan projects that will lead to massive deforestation around the city, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced plans to enter a competition to be chosen as European Green Capital of 2017.

Foreigners invest $7 billion in Turkish restaurants

Foreign investments have reached $7 billion in Turkey’s restaurant sector over the last seven years, sector representatives have said.

“Some 70 percent of these investments were made in Istanbul, in which there are more than 60 foreign-labeled concept restaurants,” said Ali Tatlıgil, the head of the Association of All Restaurants and Restaurant Suppliers (TÜRES).

Turkey’s leading imam wades into Istanbul grove row

The head of Turkey’s top religious body has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove in Istanbul Mehmet Görmez, head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, saying "love for prayer and love for nature should not be compared."

Turkey’s leading imam involved in Istanbul grove row

The head of Turkey’s top religious body has been involved in a hot debate on the efforts to build a mosque on a grove in Istanbul Mehmet Görmez, head of Turkey’s top religious body Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has been involved in a hot debate on the efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, saying that the love for prayer and love for nature shou

Passing through narrow passages

At least 14 historical passages can be found off İstiklal Avenue, with such evocative names as Çiçek, Atlas, Aslıhan, Avrupa, Rumeli, Aznavur, Suriye, Hazzopulo, Markiz, El Hamra, Halep, Nil, Crespin, Tünel and Hristaki A Turkish passage (pasaj) conjures up narrow streets between buildings in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu/Pera district, most often lined with shops selling trinkets, ribbons, etc.

17 students detained after scuffle at Istanbul University between opposing groups

Some 17 students have been detained after politically opposing groups at Istanbul University were involved in a fight.

A fight in the university's Science Faculty broke out in the early hours of Oct. 24, resulting in a number of the students being injured and 17 of them being detained by police.

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