Erdogan’s Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention ‘Illegal’, Top Prosecutor Says

Women in masks hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against violence against women in Istanbul, August 5, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

"The presidential decision on the annulment of the treaty did not comply with the law," Mucukgil said in a court case, the daily Cumhuriyet reported.

Finance minister meets with business world

Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati has said he had a "fruitful" meeting with the representatives of the business world in Istanbul.

"We held a productive meeting today with our representatives from the business world, the real sector and [nongovernmental organizations] NGOs," Nebati wrote on his Twitter account on Dec. 11 after the meeting.

Istanbul has 30 pct of national GDP

Istanbul had the highest share of gross domestic product with 30.1 percent in 2020, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) announced on Dec. 9.

Istanbul was followed by the capital city Ankara (9.6 percent) and the Aegean province of İzmir (6.1 percent), it added.
The highest GDP per capita was estimated for Istanbul with 97,950 Turkish Liras in 2020.

Relatively warm weather concerns experts

A relatively warm spell that has been pervading Istanbul and Turkey's western coasts for months, despite the fact that it's the middle of winter, concerns experts.

According to the models of climate researchers and experts, there is an average temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius in Turkey until 2035, which indicates that a serious drought threat is at hand.

Most New Year’s lottery tickets sold in Istanbul

Istanbul is taking the lead in the ticket sales of the New Year's lottery with a prize money of 120 million Turkish Liras ($8.8 million), daily Milliyet has reported.

The western province of İzmir, the northwestern province of Kocaeli and the capital Ankara follow Istanbul in the ticket sales, the daily reported on Dec. 8.