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.
The collapse in Turkey's currency, forcing a surge in interest rates, has plunged the country's construction industry into recession. Construction, once the driving force of Turkey's booming economy, is in trouble, which could pose problems for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose more than 15 years of electoral success is built on rising economic prosperity. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Turkey's economic crisis has eased, but prices are continuing to rise and many poorer residents are struggling to stay afloat. Reporters Pesha Magid and Laura Neumann visited three very different neighborhoods in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, to find out how people are coping.
Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five of the suspects charged in the murder case of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi. However, he denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement.
The Ukrainian president, in Istanbul for a state visit, met with the leader of the Orthodox Church in an effort to secure religious freedom from Russia. The head of the Moscow church called the accord "catastrophic."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says senior Saudi officials ordered the killing that caused global outrage. One of his senior advisers believes Jamal Khashoggi's body may have been dissolved in acid.
The fate of Saudi journalist and critic of the regime Jamal Khashoggi has raised concern around the world. Are authoritarian states now openly using kidnap and assassination as weapons against opposition activists? Our guests: Rick Noack (Washington Post), Daniel-Dylan Böhmer (Welt), Najat Abdulhaq (DW)