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Protesters mark May Day from Hong Kong to Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse May Day protesters in Istanbul on Thursday, as tens of thousands of people hit the streets around the world to mark International Labour Day. In tense Istanbul, police dispersed hundreds of……

Protester’s death sparks angry new demonstrations in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at thousands of people who gathered in Istanbul Tuesday to protest the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people rallied on the outskirts of Taksim Square, scene of unprecedented mass anti-government protests in June, and shouted…

Istanbul park demolition spurs protests across Turkey

By Constanze Letsch, The Guardian Demonstrations against Erdogan government in several cities as riot officers use tear gas to control protesters in Istanbul Turkey has been engulfed by a series of protests across several cities after riot police turned Istanbul’s busiest city centre hub into a battleground, deploying tear gas…

Istanbul becomes a destination in quest for dream mustache

Already known the world over for its baths, coffee and sweet Turkish delights, Turkey is on the road to adding another item to its roster of specialities: the moustache. Lip whiskers remain a highly sought-after mark of manliness in Turkey and the Middle East to the point that the naturally…

Iran ‘discouraged’ on eve of critical nuclear talks

Iran said Friday that its hopes of a breakthrough at long-awaited talks on its nuclear programme have taken a dive after warnings from the West that Tehran had to prove its credibility. Following a 15-month hiatus, officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (known as the…

US wants ‘results’ at April 13 talks in Istanbul with Iran

The United States wants “concrete results” at talks between Iran and world powers on April 13 in Istanbul on Tehran’s nuclear programme, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. “Our policy is one of prevention, not containment,” Clinton told a press conference in the Saudi capital after talks with her Gulf Arab counterparts, confirming…

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