Latest Istanbul News

Turkish Muslims protest Quran-burning in Sweden

Jan. 22, 2023 13:25 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Outrage over a Quran-burning protest in Sweden produced a second day of protests in Turkey, reflecting tensions between the two countries. Some 250 people gathered outside the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, where a photo of Danish anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan...

Turkish Medical Association chief convicted of terror charge

Jan. 11, 2023 11:45 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court convicted the president of the Turkish Medical Association on Wednesday of disseminating “terror organization propaganda” following a trial that human rights groups had denounced as an attempt to silence government critics. The court in Istanbul...

As young Gazans die at sea, anger rises over leaders' travel

Jan. 06, 2023 02:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Khaled Shurrab had been waiting more than half his life to get out of Gaza. The 27-year-old had never left the coastal enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. He couldn’t find a job — the territory’s youth unemployment rate is over...

Home prices, rents skyrocket in Turkey amid economic turmoil

Dec. 16, 2022 02:37 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Hatice Erdal has been given a week to vacate her rental house that is due to be knocked down. The cleaner and her husband both earn minimum wage, and even with their combined salaries, they cannot find anything within their budget in Istanbul’s exorbitant housing market. ...

Thousands rally in Istanbul to support mayor facing ouster

Dec. 15, 2022 11:48 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Thousands of people gathered outside the Istanbul municipal building for a second day on Thursday to denounce a legal verdict that could lead to the city’s popular mayor being ousted from office and barred from running in elections next year. An Istanbul court on...

Turkish court gives Istanbul mayor prison term, politics ban

Dec. 14, 2022 12:44 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Turkey sentenced the mayor of Istanbul, the country's most populous city, to two years and seven months in prison Wednesday on charges of insulting members of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council. The court convicted Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu and also imposed...

Turkish court sentences Istanbul mayor -- a key opposition figure -- to prison for insulting state officials

Dec. 14, 2022 10:00 AM EST
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish court sentences Istanbul mayor -- a key opposition figure -- to prison for insulting state officials.

27 flee plane in Spain after pregnant woman simulates labor

Dec. 07, 2022 09:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police were searching for 14 people who ran from a plane at Barcelona’s airport after it made an emergency landing Wednesday to obtain assistance for a pregnant woman who allegedly simulated that she was about to give birth, authorities said. The...

Turkish strikes on US Kurd allies resonate in Ukraine war

Dec. 03, 2022 12:48 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Biden administration officials are toughening their language toward NATO ally Turkey as they try to talk Turkish President Recep Erdogan out of launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against American-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. ...

Sweden extradites to Turkey man convicted of terror links

Dec. 03, 2022 12:06 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities on Saturday arrested and jailed in Istanbul a convicted member of an outlawed militant group who was extradited from Sweden where he had fled, Turkey’s state-run news agency said. The move comes as the NATO member continues to hold up Sweden...