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Istanbul bans gay pride march on security grounds

Istanbul - The authorities in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Friday banned an annual gay pride march planned for later this month, citing security and public order fears.

Istanbul locked down on anniversary of 2013 demos

Istanbul - Turkish police on Tuesday detained several activists and imposed a heavy security blanket in Istanbul on the third anniversary of protests that posed the biggest challenge to the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Two killed in wall collapse at Istanbul tourist spot

Istanbul - Two people were killed on Monday when a wall collapsed above a tea house in a popular tourist spot in the historic centre of Istanbul, Turkish officials said.

Istanbul's venerable Grand Bazaar to get much-needed facelift

Istanbul - Over 500 years old, surviving fire and earthquakes, it welcomes up to 400,000 people a day and takes pride in being the world's most visited destination -- more popular than the Eiffel Tower.

Police, pro-Kurdish protesters clash in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday clashed with pro-Kurdish protestors in a flashpoint district of Istanbul, leaving at least two wounded, an AFP photographer and reports said.

Op-Ed: End of press freedom in Turkey signals end of Erdogan Special

Istanbul - Yesterday on live television, Turkish police closed a TV news station in Istanbul allegedly linked to a foe of President Tayyip Erdogan. Is this the end of journalistic freedom in Turkey or the end of Islamist leader Erdogan?

British woman found hanged in toilet at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - The body of a British woman was found hanging at an airport in Turkey. She was identified as 50-year-old Jacqueline Anne Sutton.

Turkey police block new migrant march to Greek border

Istanbul - A new march by a group of mainly Syrian migrants trying to reach Europe overland from Turkey was blocked by police outside Istanbul on Monday.

Militants attack Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul - Two militants on Wednesday launched an attack with guns and explosives on the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, one of Turkey's main tourist attractions which also houses offices of the prime minister.

Supporters keep faith in 'Tayyip' amid Turkey assault

Istanbul - In Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's home district of Kasimpasa in Istanbul, residents strongly back the onslaught against Kurdish militants ordered by its most famous son but also show flickers of concern over the long term consequences of the ...

Turkey policeman killed in Istanbul clashes

Istanbul - A Turkish policeman was killed on Sunday during clashes with protesters in the flashpoint Istanbul district of Gazi which have raged for the last three days following the death of a leftist activist during raids by the security forces.

Bomb found outside Istanbul shopping centre

Istanbul - Turkish police on Saturday defused a bomb outside a shopping centre in Istanbul, with the city on a high security alert following a suicide bombing earlier this week.

A year after Turkey's Gezi Park protests, freedom elusive

Istanbul - A year ago, I covered Turkey's Gezi Park protests first-hand. I took photos, videos, interviewed protesters, got attacked by the Turkish police, and was almost arrested for a photo I'd published. As Turkey prepares new protests, is freedom possible?

Op-Ed: Journalists in Ukraine risk their lives while the West watches Special

Kiev - A young journalist died of a gunshot wound and over 180 were injured as they struggled to bring news about Ukraine's protests. As Ukraneians resist Russia's domination and seek to join the European Union, what is the West doing?

Op-Ed: Turkey — From bad to worse Special

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan blames foreign forces for an attack against his government, but Erdogan is really responsible for ruining the Turkish economy.

Turkey: Erdogan faces new protests over corruption scandal Special

Istanbul - Turkish protesters once again face off with lines of police as they protest the Ak Party corruption scandal in Turkey and demand Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to resign.

Turkey's corruption scandal continues Special

Istanbul - No one is sure who is behind the corruption inquiries that have been rocking Turkey the past week and upsetting Prime Minister Erdogan's Ak Party, but there are several theories.

New protests hit Turkey Special

Istanbul - New freedom protests hit Turkey as Prime Minister Erdogan continues to support Islamist policies and enforce censorship.

Photo Essay: Istanbul's Galata Tower Special

Istanbul - On one of the last days of summer, I relaxed by Istanbul's Galata Tower and enjoyed the surrounding building, streets, and visitors.

Turkish bride wears hardhat in Gezi Park Special

Istanbul - Almost two months after the first Istanbul protests, a bride who met her husband at a protesters' medical clinic wears a hard hat over her veil and gets chased from Gezi Park by police.

Video: RT reporter hit by water cannon in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara - It seems even the press is unwelcome in Turkey right now. RT's Tom Barton was reporting on a demonstration in Ankara when a water cannon sprayed him and knocked him off his feet, right in front of the cameramen and crew.

Turkish doctors protest by striking Special

Istanbul - Today in Turkey, doctors walked off the job to protest the police violence against protesters and the arrest of doctors in Istanbul.

Turkey: Unions call national strike and march on Taksim Square

Unions representing nearly a million workers in Turkey have called a national strike on Monday in protest at the government's heavy-handed treatment of demonstrators over the weekend.

Turkey: Police attack tourists in Taksim Special

Istanbul - On Sunday afternoon, Turkish police attacked tourists who were peacefully walking through Taksim, Istanbul. Police used so much pepper spray that it came into the cafe where I was having tea with friends.

Turkish opposition leader calls Erdogan 'Provocateur #1' Special

Istanbul - As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows revenge against freedom protesters, one opposition leader calls Erdogan "the Number One Provocateur."

Erdogan begins crackdowns against Turkish protesters Special

Istanbul - In a pre-dawn raid, police drove protesters out of Taksim square in Istanbul as Prime Minister Erdogan rallies his supporters, arrests lawyers, and issues threats.

Istanbul's Taksim Square raided by riot police

Turkish riot police have cleared out Taksim Square in Istanbul which has been occupied by anti-government demonstrators for the last two weeks.

Turkish protesters list demands Special

Ankara - A week after protests erupted all over Turkey in reaction to Prime Minster Erdogan's restrictive policies, protesters unite and deliver their demands.

Turkish celebrities join protests Special

Istanbul - A week after protests began in Istanbul over Gezi Park, Turkish celebrities are adding their voices to those demanding more freedom in Turkey.

Former activist in Egypt speaks to protesters in Turkey (video)

Mihalis Eleftheriou, former activist in the Occupy Buffer Zone movement in Cyprus who was also involved in the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square, sent a message of both solidarity and warning to activists in Turkey.
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Sail past Maiden Tower which tells the famous story of a king who locked his princess daughter there...
Sail past Maiden Tower which tells the famous story of a king who locked his princess daughter there for safety, but someone smuggled a snake in a basket that killed her
Ayasofya s architecture has changed over the centuries
Ayasofya's architecture has changed over the centuries
Medics carrying off a wounded person in Istanbul
Medics carrying off a wounded person in Istanbul
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Istanbul s Gezi Park gets a new look
Istanbul's Gezi Park gets a new look
A distant view of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul  which my Turkish students explored with me
A distant view of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, which my Turkish students explored with me
A fountain at the park that connects Ayasofya with the Blue Mosque
A fountain at the park that connects Ayasofya with the Blue Mosque
Balconies rise across from Galata Tower
Balconies rise across from Galata Tower
White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim  Istanbul.
White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim, Istanbul.
Like a tram in Istanbul  the government is seen as driving down free expression
Like a tram in Istanbul, the government is seen as driving down free expression
A fish vendor calls out near the docks of Istanbul
A fish vendor calls out near the docks of Istanbul
A massive cloud of tear gas in Istanbul
A massive cloud of tear gas in Istanbul
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The Fountain of Ahmed III in front of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is in the Lale Devri (Tulip Era) st...
The Fountain of Ahmed III in front of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is in the Lale Devri (Tulip Era) style
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1  2013
OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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Protesters are doused with pepper spray in Taksim Square
Protesters are doused with pepper spray in Taksim Square
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or at a sidewalk cafe
or at a sidewalk cafe
Walk up the hill to the left and enter Topkapi Palace
Walk up the hill to the left and enter Topkapi Palace
Tourists at the Blue Mosque
Tourists at the Blue Mosque
The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
A backside view of Istanbul s Ayasofya (Haggia Sophia)  the 5th Century Christian cathedral which wa...
A backside view of Istanbul's Ayasofya (Haggia Sophia), the 5th Century Christian cathedral which was turned into a mosque in 1453 and is now a museum but may be a mosque again