Latest Istanbul News

As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians

Aug. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mustafa, a 21-year-old Syrian in Turkey, was at the shoe factory in Istanbul where he worked making army boots when three policemen stormed in, asking if everyone had their papers. He and three other Syrian refugees did not. Within a day, Mustafa and a busload of other refugees would be...

Turkey extends deadline for unregistered Syrians in Istanbul

Aug. 21, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top Turkish official says Turkey has extended by two months a deadline for unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city. Earlier, that deadline had been set for Tuesday of this week. But Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in an interview with Haberturk television...

Rainstorm floods markets, underpasses in Istanbul; 1 dead

Aug. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy rains have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, flooding streets and basements, stranding drivers on roads and disrupting rail and ferry services. At least one person was found dead inside a flooded underpass, the private DHA news agency reported. Haberturk television said Saturday's...

Missing Kansas sheriff's deputy believed to be in Turkey

Aug. 16, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A missing Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy is believed to be in Turkey. Sheriff Jeff Easter says Homeland Security was able to confirm that Deputy Derick Chandler flew to Istanbul. KAKE-TV reports Chandler Chandler is implicated in an investigation in Wellington of a sex crime...

Magnitude 6 quake shakes western Turkey; more than 20 hurt

Aug. 8, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A strong earthquake hit western Turkey on Thursday, damaging homes, causing residents to run into the streets in panic and injuring over 20 people. The quake was centered on the town of Bozkurt, in Denizli province, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency,...

Turkey acquits 3 rights activists of terror-related charges

Jul. 17, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul has acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders and two other human rights activists of charges of engaging in terrorist propaganda. The media advocacy group said Erol Onderoglu of Reporters Without Borders; Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head of the...

Turkish police disperse banned LGBT march with tear gas

Jun. 30, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Activists gathered in Istanbul to promote rights for gay and transgender people Sunday before police dispersed the crowd at a pride event that Turkish authorities had banned for the fifth year. The rally on a side street to Istanbul's main pedestrian avenue drew several hundred people, who...

Istanbul's new mayor 'prepared' for government restrictions

Jun. 28, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The new mayor of Istanbul said Friday he is ready to work with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but that he was also preparing to deal with any attempts by the government to restrict his powers. Speaking to international media in Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu said the government had...

Trial of Turkish US consulate employee adjourned

Jun. 28, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul has ruled to keep a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in custody pending the outcome of his trial on espionage charges and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government. Turkey's Anadolu news agency said Friday that the trial against Metin Topuz has been adjourned...

Istanbul mayor hails victory as step to repair democracy

Jun. 27, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition candidate who won an Istanbul mayoral election that was voided weeks later, retook office in Turkey's largest city following his repeat win, a stunning victory he called a step toward repairing a damaged democracy. Cheered on by supporters of the opposition...