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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.

OWS takes Zucotti Park in support of Turkey's protesters (video)

New York - As demonstrations continue to spread all over Turkey against the harsh handling of the Gezi Park protest by both police and government, Occupy Wall Street and Turkish Americans hit the street in support of the protesters.

Deputy Önder injured by gas canister in Istanbul park protest

Istanbul - As the protest against the demolition of "the last public green space" in Istanbul continues, Deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder has been shot in the shoulder by police with a gas canister on Friday and is in hospital.

'Occupy Taksim Park': Protesters tear-gassed in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul - For three days, protesters have been resisting against the demolition of Taksim's Gezi Park in the heart of Istanbul, for a shopping mall to be built. Police cracked down with tear gas. (Video update)

Muslims demand Ayasofya open as a mosque Special

Istanbul - Ayasofya in Istanbul, one of the oldest Christian cathedrals in the world, was converted into a mosque and then a museum. Milllions of tourists visit it each year, and now Islamists want to open it as a mosque.

John Kerry's shuttle diplomacy to diffuse global tensions

Jerusalem - With threats from North Korea, tensions in the Middle East, the crisis in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry is on a follow up trip to Istanbul, Jerusalem, Ramalah, London, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. What he can accomplish remains to be seen.

Photo Essay: Transportation in Turkey Special

When traveling in Turkey, you can face adventure or adversity. Whether you take a taxi, bus, train, or ferry, keeping your sense of humor is important.

Turkish police foil al-Qaeda plot in Istanbul Special

Istanbul - On February 27, Turkish police arrested 11 al-Qaeda members who were planning to attack the U.S. Consulate, a church, and a synagogue in Istanbul.

Photo Essay: Tour of Istanbul Special

Istanbul - The third largest city in Europe spans the Asian and European continents at the famous Bosporus waterway and offers visitors many historic and modern destinations.

Missing American's body found in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish news sources are reporting that a body found in Istanbul today is that of missing American tourist Sarai Sierra.

Photo Essay: Archaeology opportunity in Turkey Special

Izmit - Turkey is an archaeologist's dream. Not only does it offer amazing Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman ruins, it also offers yet un-explored sites for those interested in archaeology.

Op-Ed: Acquitted three times Turkish sociologist sentenced to life

Istanbul - Sociologist Pinar Selek has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a 1998 bombing in Istanbul, even though she had been acquitted three times previously and experts say that there was no bombing but the explosion was an accident caused by a gas leak.
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A lone protester faces police in Taksim
A lone protester faces police in Taksim
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Protestors in Istanbul
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Near Istanbul  the streets begin to fill up with snow.  Two paths to choose  and Syrian refugees wis...
Near Istanbul, the streets begin to fill up with snow. Two paths to choose, and Syrian refugees wish they could find their way.
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."
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White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim  Istanbul.
White and blue lights hung above the busy walkway in Taksim, Istanbul.
View of the lighthouse and distant skyline of Istanbul
View of the lighthouse and distant skyline of Istanbul
Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya  the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted t...
Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya, the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted to a mosque and is now a museum
A woman veiled in black stands next to her husband in Istanbul
A woman veiled in black stands next to her husband in Istanbul
A protestor facing tear gas in Istanbul
A protestor facing tear gas in Istanbul
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A protester collapses in Taksim Square  Istanbul
A protester collapses in Taksim Square, Istanbul
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The Blue Mosque is a short walk through a park from Ayasofya
The Blue Mosque is a short walk through a park from Ayasofya
A distant view of Topkapi Palace from the ferry
A distant view of Topkapi Palace from the ferry
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Standing men and women in Taksim Square, Istanbul
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Stroll through the gardens at Topkapi Palace
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
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
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Police in Istanbul
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Istanbul's sunset skyline
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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