Turkey's Environment Minister says clause legalizing controversial buildings removed from bill

Turkish Environment Minister ?dris Güllüce said the clause that would legalize already-constructed buildings, including a group of skyscrapers that have ruined the iconic panorama of Istanbul?s historic center and the controversial presidential palace in Ankara, by awarding them ?vested rights? status was removed from the omnibus bill.

Prosecutor demands life terms in Bosphorus human smuggling case

An Istanbul prosecutor has demanded 13 life sentences in addition to 362 years in jail for four suspects, one of whom is on the run, in the case of a boat accident that took the lives of 27 migrants late last year.

Serkan Uyar, Do?an Odac?o?lu and Kerem Sinayi Çakan are under arrest in the case, while Afghan national Murteza Hashimi is still on the run.

Red Star chair seeks to warmly welcome Galatasaray in Euroleague after Istanbul murder

The chairman of Serbia's Red Star basketball club has voiced his hope that there will be no negative incidents surrounding an upcoming Turkish Airlines Euroleague Last 16 game in Belgrade against Galatasaray, which comes after the murder of a Serbian fan in Istanbul on Nov. 21, 2014, when the sides last met.

Turkish president vows to preserve historical artifacts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an pledged his support to the preservation of historical artifacts on Jan. 12, vowing to closely follow their restoration and revival both at home and abroad.

The president's remarks came during an opening ceremony for the newly-restored sections of the Topkap? Palace Museum in Istanbul.

Istanbul municipality wants control over historic Grand Bazaar despite reactions

An Istanbul district municipality responsible for the area that includes the historic Grand Bazaar wants a say in the management of the market, which has been controlled by its craftsmen for around 555 years, as part of a renewal plan, daily Cumhuriyet has reported.

'UNESCO and Turkey in solid dialogue over Istanbul's historic areas'

Local authorities in Turkey and UNESCO?s experts are engaged in ?solid dialogue? over Istanbul?s historic sites, which are on the world heritage list, says the organization?s director general. ?The world heritage committee is watching very closely what is happening, but we are not a punishment squad,?

Turkey to Build High-Speed Railway Line to Bulgaria

Turkey is building a high-speed railway line to Bulgaria, according to Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan.

Elvan, as cited by Daily Sabah and, informed that the rail line would connect Istanbul to the Kapikule border crossing point and would run through Edirne.

He made clear that the tender would be held in 2015.