The Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller part of Eastern Turkey in Southeast Europe.
The country is bordered by Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria and Greece. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage.
Organizers of a gay pride parade in Istanbul had said they would go ahead with a march despite a ban. But using tear gas and rubber bullets, police prevented large numbers of people from gathering together.
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It was the UN World Refugee Day on Tuesday and for the third successive year, Turkey was designated the country hosting the most refugees. There are currently over 3 million Syrians and Iraqis who have sought sanctuary in Turkey. But as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, while the government continues to welcome the refugees, there are growing tensions about their presence in the country.
On Saturday, thousands of Muslims in Cologne will take to the streets in a "March Against Terror." But Germany's largest Islamic organization, DITIB, will not be taking part. This decision has drawn strong criticism.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) faces growing allegations it's protecting Gulen supporters within its ranks. The opposition is pressuring Recep Tayyip Erdogan to expose the political arm of the group.