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.
Donald Trump's presidency is ushering in an air of expectation in NATO member Turkey. Despite Trump's controversial rhetoric with calls for an embargo on Muslim visitors from seven countries, Ankara is looking to the new US president for a resetting of bilateral relations, which became severely strained under his predecessor, Barack Obama. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul
Turkey is still reeling from the deadly attack on an Istanbul night club in the early hours of New Year's Day, in which 39 people were killed. But the attack far from bringing the country together has further deepened national divisions. With the gunman still on the loose, fears are growing of the threat posed by Islamic State to Turkey. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
The Turkish government has arrested several Uighur Muslims in connection with Istanbul's nightclub attack. In a DW interview, analyst Siegfried O. Wolf explains why the Uighur issue has expanded beyond China's borders.
Turkey is at a crossroads politically, economically and socially. Following the attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve, the government has intensified its anti-IS campaign in Syria and extended the state of emergency at home. But how are citizens responding? We spoke to Natalie Carney in Istanbul about the challenges ahead for Turkey in 2017.