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Criticism as Turkey puts 16 on trial for anti-govt protests

Jun. 24, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others went on trial in Turkey Monday accused of organizing anti-government protests in 2013, with defendants and rights groups calling the charges baseless and aimed at silencing civil society activities. The prosecutor claims the defendants,...

For Turkey's Erdogan, a challenge in his former stronghold

Jun. 24, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's opposition supporters partied long into the night after their candidate for Istanbul mayor beat a rival backed by long-time President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The streets were transformed into an impromptu caravan of cars honking their horns, with overjoyed passengers leaning out of...

The Latest: Istanbul mayor-elect greets tens of thousands

Jun. 23, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's repeated mayoral election in Istanbul (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Tens of thousands of people attended an election night celebration after a repeated vote in Istanbul made an opposition candidate mayor-elect of Turkey's largest city. Ekrem Imamoglu spoke late Sunday...

Opposition win in Istanbul a blow to Turkey's Erdogan

Jun. 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke the long hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party had on leading Turkey's largest city. "Thank you, Istanbul," Ekrem...

Turkish government's candidate for Istanbul mayor concedes defeat after first results from rerun election are reported

Jun. 23, 2019 12:25 PM EDT
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish government's candidate for Istanbul mayor concedes defeat after first results from rerun election are reported.

Turkey opposition seeks to repeat win in Istanbul redo vote

Jun. 22, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Standing on a white campaign bus heading into Sunday's repeat election, Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu shouted to ecstatic supporters in a hoarse voice: "Never bow your heads. We are right and we'll win." The crowd on the bank of the Bosphorus Strait roared back approval...

Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun election

Jun. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul return to the polls Sunday for a rerun of the Turkish city's mayoral election. Turkey's top election authority voided the first vote, which an opposition candidate narrowly won. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party challenged the March 31 vote, alleging irregularities....

Istanbul's candidates in re-run of mayoral election

Jun. 22, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A look at the two main candidates running for mayor of Istanbul in Sunday's repeat election. The re-run follows an election board decision to annul the results of the March 31 local elections in the country's largest city, which the opposition won by a narrow margin. The board ruled in...

Death of Egypt's Morsi comes amid Brotherhood struggles

Jun. 21, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

The sudden collapse and death of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in a Cairo courtroom this week was a brief rallying point for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that has seen its influence steadily wane across the Mideast since Egypt's military ousted Morsi in 2013. Seven years ago, in the...

Turkey: Erdogan's party dominance tested in repeat poll

Jun. 21, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of voters in Istanbul go back to the polls for a controversial mayoral election re-run Sunday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party tries to wrest back control of Turkey's largest city. The high-profile vote is taking place because Turkey's top election authority ruled in...