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Erdogan holds giant rally week ahead of referendum

Istanbul - Tens of thousands packed one of Istanbul's biggest public spaces Saturday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a giant rally seeking votes in next week's referendum on enhancing his powers.

Up on the roof, revamping Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Istanbul - Atop Istanbul's iconic Grand Bazaar -- the scene of a high-speed motorbike chase in the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall" -- a full force drive to revamp it has begun.

Turkish police, ruling party 'hit by attacks in Istanbul'

Istanbul - An assailant opened fire on a police car Saturday in Istanbul, just hours after two other attacks against the police and Turkey's ruling party offices, media reports said.

Agonised wait after night of horror at Istanbul club

Istanbul - At the security cordon outside Istanbul's Reina nightclub, where a gunman went on the rampage killing New Year revellers, a man yells that he must get through, that he knows someone inside.

US warns citizens of 'attack, kidnapping risk' in Istanbul

Ankara - The United States has warned its citizens of the potential risk of terror attack or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, which has been rocked by several bombings this year.

Erdogan takes spin in Bosphorus's first road tunnel

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went for an inaugural spin on Saturday in Istanbul's latest mega-project: the first-ever road tunnel linking the city's European and Asian sides under the Bosphorus Strait.

Anxious wait for families of Turkey soldiers detained over coup

Istanbul - Families of some of the thousands of soldiers detained in the wake of Turkey's failed coup anxiously waited for news on Wednesday of their relatives and tried to catch a glimpse of them outside Istanbul's court house.

'I love Turkey': Jubilant Erdogan supporters celebrate coup failure

Istanbul - Answering a call to fill squares across Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ecstatic supporters surged through the streets Saturday to celebrate what they saw as one of the strongman's greatest victories after he stared down a military coup.

Anger, protests and bloodshed in coup-hit Istanbul

Istanbul - Troops filed into Taksim Square uncertain of how they would be received. Before long, angry crowds had gathered to denounce them.

Defiance turns to panic in coup-hit Istanbul

Istanbul - At first, the young men stayed defiantly in their seats, saying they would not leave their table or their drinks. No Turkish military coup would stop them enjoying a Friday night in Besiktas, a popular hangout on the European side of Istanbul.

Turkey military opens fire on crowds in Istanbul, casualties: AFP photographer

Istanbul - Turkish military forces on Saturday opened fire on crowds gathered in Istanbul following a coup attempt, causing casualties, an AFP photographer said.

Istanbul airport bombers 'planned hostage-taking'

Istanbul - The suicide attackers who launched the deadly Istanbul airport assault were planning to take dozens of passengers hostage, Turkish media reported Friday, as two of the bombers were identified.

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.
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A woman veiled in black stands next to her husband in Istanbul
A woman veiled in black stands next to her husband in Istanbul
Police face demonstrators in Istanbul
Police face demonstrators in Istanbul
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Police hide behind their shields in Taksim
Police hide behind their shields in Taksim
PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on ...
PROTEST: Turkish Kurds demonstrate against the ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last year on the streets of Istanbul.
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A documentary has been produced of the Gezi Park protest which transformed into a countrywide protes...
A documentary has been produced of the Gezi Park protest which transformed into a countrywide protest in Turkey.
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Walk up the hill to the left and enter Topkapi Palace
Walk up the hill to the left and enter Topkapi Palace
Gezi Park in Taksim  Istanbul
Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul
A Muslim woman finds a quiet moment to read near the gates of Topkapi Palace
A Muslim woman finds a quiet moment to read near the gates of Topkapi Palace
Protesters in Turkey attacking a police car
Protesters in Turkey attacking a police car
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Felsen says he hasn t seen very many Erdogan supporters.  (The) restaurants  hotels  and mosques hav...
Felsen says he hasn't seen very many Erdogan supporters. "(The) restaurants, hotels, and mosques have been providing shelter and aid; even taxi drivers and minibus drivers were supportive to the "capulcu" (Turkish slang for raiders or marauders) -they carry (them) to and from the protests."
Brian Felsen
White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim  Istanbul.
White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim, Istanbul.
A protester collapses in Taksim Square  Istanbul
A protester collapses in Taksim Square, Istanbul
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Istanbul: Gay Pride March
Istanbul: Gay Pride March
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
Some protesters clapping in Taksim
Some protesters clapping in Taksim
See ancient Galata Tower on the right side of the ferry
See ancient Galata Tower on the right side of the ferry
People s Climate March in Istanbul  Turkey today.
People's Climate March in Istanbul, Turkey today.
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You can ride the tram through Taksim  beside consulates  Victorian buildings  and modern shops
You can ride the tram through Taksim, beside consulates, Victorian buildings, and modern shops
The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul stands like a castle upon a hill
The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul stands like a castle upon a hill
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey  as he sponsors projects lik...
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey, as he sponsors projects like this new, multi-million-dollar mosque in Istanbul that rises near exclusive residence towers