Latest Istanbul News

Turkey: Bloomberg journalists on trial for report on economy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two reporters for the U.S.-based Bloomberg news agency appeared in court on Friday accused of trying to undermine Turkey's economic stability with a story they wrote on last year's currency crisis. Istanbul-based reporters Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalinkilic face up to five years in prison...

Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. The trial against Adnan Oktar and 225 of his followers or associates opened in Istanbul on Tuesday. They...

In last words, Khashoggi asked killers not to suffocate him

Sep. 10, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In his final words, slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi urged his killers not to cover his mouth because he suffered from asthma and could suffocate, according to Turkey's Sabah newspaper. Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkey's government, published new details of a recording...

Turkey: Politician convicted for tweets insulting president

Sep. 6, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court convicted an opposition party branch leader Friday of engaging in terrorist propaganda and insulting Turkish government officials with a series of social media posts, a verdict the opposition immediately alleged was politically motivated. Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads...

Erdogan vows Syria operation if US falls short in safe zone

Aug. 31, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president threatened Saturday to launch a unilateral offensive into northeastern Syria if plans to establish a so-called safe zone along Turkey's border fail to meet his expectations, including a demand that Turkish soldiers control the corridor. Speaking to graduates of a military...

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...

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,...