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Istanbul awaits election verdict on Erdogan and Turkish democracy

Istanbul - Polls closed in Sunday's replay of the mayoral election in Istanbul, with voters anxiously awaiting a verdict seen as crucial to the future of Turkish democracy and its long-ruling president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan's party fights to retake Istanbul in mayoral re-run vote

Istanbul - Istanbul will vote for a mayor for the second time in three months on Sunday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party fights to win back the city after a shock defeat in March.

Deposed Istanbul mayor blasts 'lies' used to annul election

Istanbul - Istanbul's deposed mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said Wednesday that no one believed the "lies" used to overturn his recent election and called on voters to "correct this great shame" in next month's re-run.

Anger as Turkey jails 24 over Istanbul airport protests

Istanbul - Turkish activists and the opposition on Monday expressed outrage after a court jailed 24 workers ahead of a trial over their actions in protests against labour conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport.

Istanbul district bans gay film festival

Ankara - An Istanbul district authority has banned a one-day festival that had been set to showcase short films on gay issues on Saturday, claiming the event posed a threat to public order.

Istanbul mayor steps down as Erdogan eyes 2019 polls

Istanbul - Istanbul's mayor Kadir Topbas resigned on Friday after 13 years in the key post, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to refresh the ruling party ahead of local and national polls in 2019.

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.
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