Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. It is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region.
The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European (Thracian side), and an Asian (Anatolian side). The city is also divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.
An anonymous phoned-in threat had prompted police to evacuate a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Istanbul. The authorities herded the passengers into an airport waiting room and checked hand luggage for explosives.
Inside Europe: The EU is facing more tension with Turkey and the future of Ankara's on / off membership bid. This follows comments by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who said the EU should scrap accession talks. But as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, the Turkish President is fighting back.
In Turkey, it’s now 5 months since a professor and school teacher went on hunger strike. Both are protesting their dismissal as part of a nationwide government crackdown after last year’s failed coup. Over 150 thousand people have lost their jobs. The hunger strikers are now in jail charged as terrorists. But support for them appears to be growing, as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
In Turkey a crackdown following last year’s failed coup continues unabated. Now, human rights groups are voicing alarm at what they see as a worrying new development: people being dragged off the streets by masked men into unmarked vans. The abductions are resurrecting chilling memories of one of Turkey’s darkest chapters. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
German arms firm Rheinmetall and President Tayyip Erdogan met in 2015 in Istanbul to plan fabrication of tanks in Turkey, says the German magazine Stern. The plan is now deemed "nonactive," but it had been well advanced.
Turkey has celebrated its annual press freedom day by putting 17 opposition newspaper staff on trial for terrorism. They stand accused of collaborating with the very organizations they had criticized.