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Turkish court throws out Taksim redevelopment project that sparked mass protests

(Reuters) – A Turkish court has cancelled a project to redevelop Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a copy of the court’s decision showed, ruling in a dispute that triggered a nationwide wave of violent anti-government protests. The administrative court ruled in early June, at the height of the unrest, that a…

Thousands of Turks defy Prime Minister Erdogan’s call for end to protest

By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for an immediate end to protests that have spawned the most violent riots of his decade in power. In central Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where riot…

Defiant protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul’s Taksim Square

Thousands of protesters celebrated after police withdrew from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the focal point of nationwide protests against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government. The government, while acknowledging some excesses by police in two days of clashes, called on the demonstrators to leave the streets after protests in 48 cities. Rights groups denounced…

Protests erupt across world after Israeli raid

(AFP) – Tens of thousands of people joined angry protests across the world Monday after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, demanding retaliation and showing support for the Palestinians. In Turkey crowds took to the streets in several cities to vent fury after the storming of a…

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