Latest Istanbul News

Turkey's main opposition party elects Ozgur Ozel as new leader

Nov. 05, 2023 01:50 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s main opposition party voted for fresh leadership in the early hours of Sunday, five months after a devastating election defeat that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extend his two-decade rule. Ozgur Ozel replaced Kemal Kilicdaroglu after delegates of...

Turkey celebrates 100th anniversary of republic with fireworks and navy procession

Oct. 29, 2023 15:46 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the modern, secular republic from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire on Sunday with a firework and drone show in Istanbul as well as a procession of 100 hundred navy ships but little else in the way of...

Thousands in Muslim countries and beyond demonstrate over Israeli airstrikes

Oct. 20, 2023 20:16 PM EDT

Thousands of people in Muslim countries and beyond held demonstrations Friday in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. They called for an end to Israel's blockade and airstrikes following a brutal incursion into southern Israel by fighters from the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. ...

A European body condemns Turkey's sentencing of an activist for links to 2013 protests

Sep. 30, 2023 11:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A European governmental body that focuses on human rights, democracy and the rule of law on Saturday condemned the decision by Turkey's Supreme Court to confirm the aggravated life sentence for activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala is the founder of a...

European court rules Turkish teacher's rights were violated by conviction based on phone app use

Sep. 26, 2023 12:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that the rights of a Turkish teacher convicted of what prosecutors called terrorism offences had been violated because the case was largely based on his use of a phone app. The court said its ruling could apply to...

In first emotional video from inside Turkish cave, trapped US explorer thanks authorities, cavers for saving his life

Sep. 07, 2023 13:26 PM EDT
ISTANBUL (AP) — In first emotional video from inside Turkish cave, trapped US explorer thanks authorities, cavers for saving his life.

The death toll from fierce storms and flooding in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria has risen to 14

Sep. 07, 2023 01:28 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The death toll from severe rainstorms that lashed parts of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria increased to 14 on Wednesday after rescue teams in the three neighboring countries recovered seven more bodies. A flash flood at a campsite in northwestern Turkey near the border...

Brazil cyclone, Europe flooding, another Earth heat record: What to know in extreme weather now

Sep. 06, 2023 23:23 PM EDT

Families perched atop houses pleading for help to escape the deadly flooding after a cyclone hammered southern Brazil, with the region's governor calling it “an absolutely out of the ordinary event.” The world's latest extreme weather disaster killed at least 31 people and left...