Tag: Istanbul

News - Features
Remembering The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016
 

Last Friday the world laid Muhammad Ali to rest. The 74-year-old former boxing heavyweight champion died on 3 June after being admitted into hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, with respiratory problems aggravated by his Parkinson’s disease. Ali’s passing was mourned worldwide, his larger-than-life personality having transcended his sport to make him one of the most iconic […]

Music
Çiğdem Aslan to sing the Songs of Istanbul at the Rebetiko Carnival

Istanbul-born Çiğdem Aslan brings her multi-lingual skills to this year’s Rebetiko Carnival, singing the songs of her roots. Çiğdem came to the forefront of the UK Rebetiko revival with her stunning 2013 debut release Mortissa, which breathed new life into 1920s and 1930s Rebetiko and Smyrnaic songs. The album received great reviews from all around […]

News - Turkey
Rush hour car bomb kills 11 in Istanbul
 

A car bomb targeting a police bus has killed seven offers and four civilians, while injuring scores more. The explosion occurred in central Istanbul at rush hour this morning. At 8.35am, a bomb was detonated by a police station in Vezneciler, located in the city’s historic Fatih district, just as a bus carrying a riot […]

News - Turkey
‘Everyone should share the burden’ says Turkish ambassador on eve of 1st World Humanitarian Summit  

Turkey’s ambassador to London Abdurrahman Bilgiç told journalists, “Turkey is doing its share” and urged other countries to do more to relieve human suffering at a press briefing about the World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul on 23-24 May. The historic event is being attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and over 50 heads […]

News - UK
The Story of the First Bosphorus Bridge – short film and talk

A short film and talk in mid-May will celebrate the achievements of the late Dr. William Brown, a British structural engineer and suspension bridge specialist whose design was used to construct the historic First Bosphorus Bridge, which linked Europe to Asia. While ideas for such a bridge had existed since antiquity, it took until the […]

News - Turkey
ISIL supporter Mehmet Öztürk named as Istanbul suicide bomber

The Turkish authorities have said that an ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) recruit from Gaziantep, southeast Turkey, carried out the suicide bombing, which killed four and injured dozens more on İstiklal Caddesi on Saturday. Mehmet Öztürk, 24, was named by Turkey’s Interior Minister Efken Ala at a press conference yesterday following DNA […]

News - Turkey
Saudi national named as Sultanahmet suicide bomber
 

Turkish authorities have named Nabil Fadli as the militant behind yesterday’s bombing in Istanbul’s historical district of Sultanahmet, which killed at least ten people and injured fifteen others. Of Syrian heritage, the 28-year-old bomber was born in Saudi Arabia and is thought to have become a Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) operative in […]