Latest Istanbul News

Turkey detains dozens for alleged cryptocurrency fraud

Apr. 23, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police have detained 62 people as part of an investigation into a cryptocurrency exchange that is being accused of defrauding investors, according to the country’s state-run news agency. Anadolu news agency said Friday prosecutors issued...

Turkey probes cryptocurrency exchange for possible $2B fraud

Apr. 22, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation into a cryptocurrency exchange Thursday over allegations it may have defrauded some 390,000 investors of an estimated $2 billion. The office of Istanbul's chief prosecutor said it was probing the...

US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed as Taliban balk

Apr. 21, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, its sponsors announced Wednesday. They cited a lack of prospects for...

Greek, Turkish FMs meet to mend ties, trade barbs instead

Apr. 15, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A meeting aimed to improve fraught ties between NATO allies Greece and Turkey quickly descended into a tense exchange of accusations between the two neighbors' foreign ministers on Thursday. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Ankara...

Turkey to host Afghan peace talks later this month

Apr. 13, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United Nations, Turkey and Qatar announced Tuesday that a high-level conference between Afghanistan’s warring sides will take place in Istanbul later this month. The meeting is aimed at accelerating peace negotiations and achieving a political settlement to...

The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey stress territorial integrity

Apr. 10, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Turkey stressed the importance of Ukraine's territorial integrity, the de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine and security in the Black Sea following a meeting Saturday in Istanbul. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

Turkey detains ex-admirals over statement on straits treaty

Apr. 05, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Monday detained 10 retired admirals after a group of more than 100 former top navy officers declared their commitment to an international shipping treaty, a statement that government officials tied to Turkey’s history of military coups. ...

Turkey: Ex-admirals derided for statement on straits treaty

Apr. 04, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A group of retired Turkish admirals came under fire Sunday for issuing a statement that government officials tied to Turkey’s history of military coups. The 103 former navy officers criticized a suggestion that Turkey could withdraw from the...

Women, LGBT people and students protest for rights in Turkey

Mar. 27, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep...

Turkey detains students and supporters over LGBT flags

Mar. 26, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Turkey detained dozens of people who assembled outside a courthouse Friday in a show of solidarity with 12 students who were taken into custody for unfurling rainbow flags, according to Turkish news reports. The detentions came amid growing government intolerance...