Land prices skyrocket in Turkey’s northwest after Bill Gates rumors

Land prices in Turkey's northwest have nearly doubled after rumors that Microsoft founder Bill Gates bought 22,000 acres of agricultural land in the region.

Landowners hoping to cash in on the opportunity are trying to sell their land at exorbitant prices with some listing up to $10,000 per parcel, according to a report

Ancient artifacts throw light on history in northwestern Turkey

Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of Thrace, Persia, Macedonia, Rome and Byzantium, unearthed in northwestern Turkey, are a must-see for museumgoers in the area.

The findings are presented in three of Turkey's provinces in the Thrace region, namely Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ, all of which have hosted human civilization since ancient times.

Man who spray painted Atatürk statues detained

A man who attacked and spray painted three busts of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ has been caught after police surveillance of some 2,000 hours of CCTV footage.

"The man making provocations over Atatürk has been detained," said Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in a Twitter post late March 31, thanking the police.

Bad weather cripples life in Turkey’s west

Bad weather disrupted life in the western province of İzmir on Jan. 27, when sudden heavy rainfall and storm hit several districts, flooding houses and shops and knocking down trees.

The floods particularly battered the Karşıyaka district, where the waters of the Aegean Sea overflowed the shore and swept through the streets, submerging vehicles.

650-year-old Bible seized in Tekirdağ

Two people were detained by the gendarmerie teams in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ over the seizure of a manuscript Bible, which is considered to be 650 years old.

It was reported that the suspects had been looking for customers to sell the Bible, which is embroidered on gazelle skin, for 3 million Turkish Liras.


Turkey seizes 245 liters of counterfeit alcohol

A total of 245 liters (64.7 gallons) of counterfeit alcohol was seized on Feb. 11 in northwestern Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Acting on a tip-off, gendarmerie teams in Tekirdag province launched an operation in the Ergene district, Anadolu Agency cited anonymous sources as saying.

Fourteen cartons of cigarettes were also confiscated. 


Museum sheds light on Thracian civilization

Artifacts unearthed during excavations in ancient cities in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ and exhibited in the Tekirdağ Museum shed light on the Thracian civilization.

The Thracian people, who lived in Thrace, Bulgaria and northern Greece in the ancient ages, were known as the world's most populous tribe after Hindus, according to Greek historian and ancient writer Heredot.