World Bulletin / News Desk
A new tram line will be built near the Salıpazar cruise ship port to make it easy for cruise tourists to visit İstanbul's famous tourist destinations, including Sultanahmet Square, home to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.
The new tram line will connect the tourists to the current tram line, which stretches from Kabataş to Zeytinburnu, passing through the historical peninsula, Mustafa Demir, the mayor of İstanbul's Fatih Municipality, told the Anatolia news agency on Wednesday.
“The project is ready. We will have it ready in time for next year's tourism season,” Demir noted.
The mayor said ships bring with them thousands of people who visit the city for a short period of time. To ensure these visitors make the most of their short stay, he said the municipality had to improve transportation between the port and major landmarks.
A route was arranged this year for buses to carry cruise tourists to Sultanahmet Square upon a request from the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB).
Sultanahmet Square will be made more visitor-friendly with a new, specially designed granite pavement project, Demir had earlier announced. He said the project will be completed within five months, before the start of next year's tourist season. The project will be carried out with funding from the İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.
The tourist district was closed to vehicle traffic earlier this year as part of another project by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Coordination Center (UKOME) to create more space and comfortable areas for visitors.
“There are currently eight different zones paved with eight different types of stone in the area, without any harmony between them,” said Demir, explaining the rationale behind the project.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over as the Prime Minister of the country and chairman of the ruling AK Party from outgoing president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Media claims that Turkey will hand over the Suleiman Shah base in Syria to the Islamic State (IS) in return for the release of 49 Turkish consulate staff kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul since June are an example of "irresponsibility", said Ankara.
“We are aiming to double our shares in the projects following years” said Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz.
Today's newspapers covered claims that Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey, further speculation on Turkey's future prime minister and President Barack Obama's comments on the killing of American journalist James Foley.
A spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry urged the United States to respect press freedom.
An "anti-terrorism" campaign -- focusing on East Turkestan (Xinjiang), home to the Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group -- was launched by China’s central government May 23.
Turkish dailies reported Wednesday clashes over the demolition of a statue to a PKK founder, indications that Turkey's foreign minister could take over the prime ministerial post and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, the U.S.
Outgoing Turkish President Gul said 'As far as it seems, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over as prime minister'
Turkey's year-end growth forecast increased to 2.7 percent, senior economist says.
The Eritrean capital Asmara becomes Turkish national flag-carrier's 42nd destination in Africa
One person has been confirmed dead after clashes broke out when security forces arrived to remove an illegal statue of a PKK leader.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz called for the lifting of an Israeli blockade so power can be delivered to Palestinians.
Currently it is estimated that there are almost a million Syrian refugees in Turkey, about 70 percent of whom live outside the refugee camps.
Turkish dailies on Tuesday reported on the claims that Germany's foreign intelligence agency has been spying on Turkey and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, U.S.
Twenty out of 32 suspects accused of conducting illegal wiretapping detained in Izmir, Istanbul and Yalova.
A UN report also asserted that Ethiopia's low level of economic development, coupled with a heavy dependence on rain-fed agriculture and high population growth, made the country particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.