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.
Key Istanbul roads were closed for traffic and flights were suspended as Turkish Airlines moved immense amounts of equipment to the new airport. The old Ataturk International Airport marked its last passenger flight.
Local elections in Turkey have delivered a huge setback to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His AK party has lost control of the capital, Ankara and looks set to lose Istanbul. The elections were widely seen as a crucial test of Erdogan's leadership and his reputation of electoral invincibility has been damaged. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party is challenging the result of local elections in Ankara and Istanbul after it appears to have lost. The vote had been seen as a verdict on Erdogan's rule and an economic downturn.
Rush-hour traffic in Istanbul, the city of 15 million, can be torturous. Especially for taxi drivers who are constantly stuck in traffic jams. At this point, they're pleased if they don't have to argue with their passengers about the price.
Turkey is amid local elections for control of the country's main cities. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading his AK party's campaign to tighten his grip on power. However, with Turkey sinking into recession this month's election could yet prove to be the biggest challenge to the president. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.