There's no shortage of activity down by the old city walls of Istanbul. They've become home to everything from vegetable plots and storage facilities for kiosks, while a garbage collector has set up a home in an old Byzantine-era palace.
The centuries-old marketplace has already undergone a security upgrade after a spate of terror attacks in Istanbul. For the bazaar's traders, the primary concern now is not the restoration but lack of tourists.
Huge crowds took to the streets of Istanbul to celebrate 563 years since the Ottoman siege that conquered the city. In a speech, President Erdogan used the occasion to condemn the US, Russia and Iran.
With purges intensifying, rich Turks are mopping up real estate in Greece. Old tensions may loom, but the incentive for secular Turks is sweet: visa-free stay in an EU member state. Anthee Carassava reports from Athens.
The increasingly Islamist and authoritarian policies of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan do not stop at the doors of the Hagia Sophia. It seems the government is pursuing a new strategy for the world-famous museum.
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