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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.

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.
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Ataturk's memorial in Taksim Square
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy  on the Asian side of Istanbul
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul
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Seagulls fly near my ferry, in front of Galata Tower in Istanbul
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Journalists are targeted with tear gas during a Gezi Park freedom protest in Istanbul
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View of the Istanbul Bosporus as I cross the famous bridge
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Istanbul's sunset skyline
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A massive cloud of tear gas in Istanbul
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A fish vendor calls out near the docks of Istanbul
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Sailing past Hydarpasha train station
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View through the rainy window of a ferryboat sailing past Hydarpasha train station in Istanbul
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Photo taken by author at Taksim Square, Istanbul demonstration in February 2013. This demonstration turned out to be the nucleus of what manifested into the present nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
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Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul
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The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray
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Police in Taksim
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Police battle protesters at Taksim Square in Istanbul
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Police fire tear gas into a subway station in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protest.
Police fire tear gas into a subway station in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protest.
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A juice shop beckons thirsty tourists
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Police hide behind their shields in Taksim
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Students ride the train to Istanbul
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REACTION: Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work at the scene of an explosion that killed four tourists on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on Sunday.
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