Ankara is the capital of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. It is Turkey's second largest city behind Istanbul. It has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul.
Turkey's capital is located at an intersection point of highways connecting east to west and north to south of Anatolia and it is a home to National Assembly of Turkey. Ankara lies between four mountains of Anatolia Plateau.
In Turkey, more than 220 suspects went on trial on Monday accused of plotting last year's July coup attempt. They include the former chief of the air force and dozens of senior military officers. The trial is taking place at a courthouse on the outskirts of Ankara that was constructed especially to try coup suspects.DW's Turkey correspondent, Dorian Jones talked to Helen Seeney.
Since's Turkey’s failed coup last July, over 140,000 people have lost their jobs, accused of being linked to the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says was the coup’s mastermind. Many of those dismissed are teachers and academics. Two sacked educators have gone on hunger strike to demand their jobs back. Their hunger strike is now in its third month. Dorian Jones reports.