Istanbul news roundup: Istanbul 2020 bid, PM promises more mall, residence in heart of Istanbul….

Istanbul 2020

from Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul, Turkey?s unofficial capital, has failed in its four previous bids to host the Olympic Games


Turkey PM tells Japan to withdraw 2020 Olympics bid

from Yahoo news

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan jokingly asked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to withdraw Japan’s Olympics bid and let Turkey host the 2020 Games on Friday. “You’ve hosted the Games before, withdraw your bid so we can host them once,” Erdogan told a joint press conference he held with Abe to sign a $22 billion dollar deal to build a nuclear


Istanbul gets more tourists each year

from Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul has received 2.9 million tourists within four months. This figure marks an increase of 21 percent



‘Islamophobic’ remarks by Tokyo governor spark anger in Turkey

from Yahoo news

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 1 (UPI) — Turkish officials have been angered by what they consider Islamophobic remarks by the governor of Tokyo over Istanbul’s ability to host the 2020 Olympic Games.



Istanbul 2020: World’s largest airport gets record tender for Turkey

Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The tender for the third international airport in Istanbul has been completed with a record ?22.15 billion tender, the largest in the history of the Turkish Republic. Turkish consortium Limak-Kolin-Cengiz-mapa-Kalyon Joint Venture Group’s bid


Moscow competing with Istanbul finance center

Regarding Istanbul’s goal of being an international finance center, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said that Russia is competing with Turkey in finance. ?Abu Dhabi, Istanbul and Moscow are in the same time zone. We will thus keep on in



How Can You | Photoshopped Lies, Accusations and Fabrications

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Photoshopped Lies, Accusations and Fabrications. At this distance what locations can bring the towers to the sight line of these landmarks. None. None… See the map below.

 Mavi Boncuk |



Best restaurants in Istanbul: Rejuvenated food city

CNN International

But over the past decade the best restaurants in Istanbul have proven themselves on a par with most other foodie cities, with a diverse offering from international super-brands to cafes catering to Istanbul’s growing community of young, creative, fine


In İstanbul’s western fringes, realtors gamble on new megacity’s rise

Taken together, the projects seem impossible in their scale and expense — a 30-mile-deep water shipping canal, a new ?pop-up city? for 1.5 million residents, a third Bosporus bridge, a new highway network and İstanbul’s third airport, hoped to be the


Istanbul’s Marmaray rail to connect Beijing and London

Begun in 2004, construction of an undersea tunnel between the European and Asian shores of Istanbul now nears completion. The Marmaray project is one of the biggest transportation infrastructure projects in the world, featuring a 76-kilometer-long


Turkish prime minister promises mall, residence in heart of Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News

The historic ?Topçu Kışlası? (Artillery Barracks) in Istanbul?s Taksim Square are to be


Tokyo governor Naoki Inose apologizes for comments critical of Istanbul

Washington Post

TOKYO ? Tokyo’s governor Naoki Inose apologized on Tuesday for making critical comments about rival candidate Istanbul in the bidding for 2020 Olympics. Inose, who is also chairman of the bid committee, was quoted in the New York Times last weekend


Jazz Conquers Istanbul, for a Global Event

Huffington Post

Jarreau, Shorter and many other jazz virtuosos — Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, John McLaughlin, Robert Glasper, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard etc — were assembledtoday, April 29, in Istanbul’s famous Topkapi Palace Gardens to announce the mos


Living it up in Istanbul, three ways

Houston Chronicle

Getting There: Book a flight on Turkish Airlines’ new nonstop route from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST). Roundtrip fares are only $599 this month; business class starts at $4,500. Expect to pay a $20 visa


Istanbul, ed by Heather Reyes ? review

The Guardian

Founded in 667 BC, Istanbul has been the capital of both Christian and Islamic empires. It is one of those intense, dynamic metropolises where the fault lines of the world collide. David Byrne describes Istanbul as “intoxicating” and this evocative


Istanbul’s Shameful May Day


I was walking through the streets of Istanbul. Smoke and tear-gas bombs were exploding everywhere and people were running, pursued by police in riot gear. At a street corner I came across a street vendor selling Turkish sweets and stopped to speak to him

Istanbul as International Financial Center – EconoMonitor

The United Kingdom has been working for some time to help the Turkish government’s aspirations to make Istanbul an international financial cente


Istanbul Celebrates International Jazz Day

from Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog


Basketball Capitals: Istanbul


… with your YouTube Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add ESPN’s video to your playlist. Sign in. No statistics available yet. Report. Published on May 7, 2013. The culture and passion for basketball is alive and well in


BURAK BEKDİL > Istanbul 2020

Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul, Turkey’s unofficial capital, has failed in its four previous bids to host the Olympic Games. As the Turkish metropolis comes very close to winning its fifth bid, now competing with Tokyo and Madrid, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


13th Istanbul Biennial event series continues

Hurriyet Daily News

Organized by the 13th Istanbul Biennial in the scope of Public Alchemy and aiming to bring together artistic production and knowledge production, ?Public Capital? will take place on May 10 at The Marmara Taksim and May 11 at Salon IKSV.


World puppets come to Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News

he 16th International Istanbul Puppetry Festival will host 60 performances by selected groups from 15 countries. The festival, which starts today, will be organized in various venues of the city with fringe events including exhibitions, conferences


Istanbul to host 2nd Child, Youth Finance Intl Summit

The second Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) Summit, established in order to strengthen children’s and youth’s individual abilities through financial access and training, and to allow them gain financial awareness, will be held in Istanbul

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