Rumors to replace the university campus with a luxury hotel seem to have some substance…

ISTANBUL: Fire rages through historic Istanbul building – World Wires – MiamiHerald.com

Fire in Istanbul at university campus by the Bosphorus

from Hurriyet Daily News
A fire broke out at Galatasaray University campus next to the Bosphorus. People inside the building were quickly evacuated.

Turkey wages ‘cultural war’ in pursuit of its archaeological treasures

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch, Kate Connolly
Ankara accused of blackmailing museums into returning artefacts while allowing excavation sites to be destroyed
Turkey has been accused of cultural chauvinism and attempting to blackmail some of the world’s most important museums in the wake of its demands for the return of thousands of archaeological treasures.
According to cultural chiefs in Berlin, Paris and New York, Turkey has threatened to bar foreign archaeologists from excavation sites in the country by not renewing their digging permits if governments refuse to return artefacts that Ankara says were unlawfully removed from Turkish soil. It has also threatened to halt the lending of its treasures to foreign museums, they say.

Fire rages through historic ex-mansion in Istanbul; no injuries reported
Fox News
ISTANBUL ? Turkey’s state-run agency says firefighters in Istanbul are working to extinguish a blaze raging through a historic former mansion that is now part of a university campus. No one is believed to be trapped inside the wooden building used by

 

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Istanbul or Constantinople? Thinking About Names in Geography

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Istanbul or Constantinople? Thinking About Names in Geography. By Patricia Vollmer

$20m in Turkish sponsorship for Istanbul bid

from Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul?s bid for the 2020 Olympics has lined up sponsorship deals worth more than $20 million

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