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.
Turkey’s relations with the West have nosedived after a NATO military exercise in Norway, during which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were reportedly depicted as “enemies” on a drill chart. The incident comes as the controversial trial of two Turkish businessmen kicks off in New York. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Islamic State and other jihadist groups are facing defeat in Syria. But neighbouring Turkey is worried that militant fighters are heading its way. Over the past few years over 300 people have been killed in attacks in Turkey, blamed on jihadists. But hundreds of Islamic State militants escaped from Raqqa and thousands more are based just across Turkey’s border. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Cologne put five past BATE Borisov as they continue to be liberated from their troubles in the Bundesliga. Elsewhere, a Davie Selke brace gave Hertha Berlin a win but Hoffenheim were denied by a last-minute equalizer.
Turkey's president called Washington's actions in the wake of a controversial arrest "unacceptable." Amid accusations of harboring a suspected Gulenist, US diplomats have denied hiding him at the consulate in Istanbul.
This summer, parts of Turkey suffered drought and fire - and Istanbul was hit by its biggest rainstorm in 32 years. The last two winters saw the typically mild city buried in snow. With crazy weather becoming the new normal, how is the Turkish capital preparing for climate change?