Academic completes dangerous open-water swim route

An academic of a Turkish university has swum for 15 hours in the 34-kilometer Catalina Channel, which stretches between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles in the United States.

Raha Akhavan Tabatabaei, an academic from Sabancı University, successfully reached her goal by swimming the track, known as the world's one of the most dangerous open-water swim routes.

House sales to foreigners surge by over 25 pct in Sept

Property sales to foreigners in Turkey rose by 25.8 percent annually in September, the country's statistical authority announced on Oct. 13.

Foreigners bought 6,630 properties during the month, according to a statement by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

Among all house sales, 4.5 percent were made to foreigners.

Kanal Istanbul project now at stage of implementation: Erdoğan

The Kanal Istanbul project has been "debated entirely" but is now at the stage of implementation, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 8.

Speaking at the 12th Transportation and Communication Week at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Erdoğan said the Bosphorus's inability to carry the increasing freight traffic led them to seek alternatives.

Battery electric vehicles ban on Istanbul’s islands stirs debate

The ban on battery electric vehicles on Istanbul's Princes' Islands that came to force on Oct. 5 has stirred debate, with some locals complaining persistently, saying they want their right to ride the vehicles back.
Especially tradespeople on the islands strictly oppose the ban.