Tag: Istanbul

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American and Turkish authorities are still failing murdered journalist Halla Barakat, says friend Ertan Karpazli

On 21 September 2017, Halla Barakat, a 23-year-old American journalist, and her 62-year-old mother Orouba Barakat, a Syrian national, were murdered in their own home in Istanbul. Their throats had been cut and their bodies covered with blankets. Nine days later, Turkish police arrested a suspect – Ahmed Barakat – in Bursa and he was […]

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CHP Istanbul head Canan Kaftancıoğlu sues Erdoğan and Soylu for “terrorist” smears

One of the leading lights in Turkey’s main opposition Dr. Canan Kaftancıoğlu is suing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for 1 million TL each for defamation. Kaftancıoğlu, who is the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) regional head for Istanbul, initiated legal proceedings against Erdoğan and Soylu after they branded her […]

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Lewis Hamilton triumphs in Turkish Grand Prix to take historic 7th world title

Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix lived up to all expectations. A thrilling race fought in wet, difficult conditions that saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton come from sixth on the grid to win and claim the seventh World Drivers’ title of his career. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. Valtteri Bottas – the […]

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Istanbul M7 metro extension opens ahead of Turkey’s Republic Day

Passengers have flocked to use Istanbul’s new Mecidiyeköy–Mahmutbey extension after it opened at midday today, Wednesday 28 October. The 18 km extension forms part of the M7 metro line that runs from Kabataş to Mahmutbey on the European side of the city, connecting eight districts of Istanbul. To commemorate the opening one day before Turkey’s […]

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The incredible tale of Frederick Bruce Thomas, aka ‘The Black Russian’, who brought Jazz and music hall culture to Turkey

Any visitor to Turkey will know how important music is to the local culture. From Turkish pop to Ottoman-inspired classical music (Türk Sanat Müziği), folk (Halk Müziği) and the blues (Türkü), live renditions can be seen and heard everywhere. One of the country’s biggest modern entertainment traditions has been the gazino – a high-end cabaret […]

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Two brothers shot dead after man opens fire at a taxi rank in Istanbul

A fight at a taxi rank in Esenyurt, Istanbul, turned deadly after one man fired on others using a pump-action rifle. Seven men were rushed to local hospitals, some in a serious condition. A short time later it was announced that three of the men had succumbed to their injuries. According to a report by […]

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Istanbul: man behind Reina New Year massacre given 40 life sentences

A Turkish court has sentenced a gunman to life in prison without parole for carrying out a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub in 2017 that left 39 people dead and dozens injured. Istanbul’s Heavy Penal Court No. 27 handed Abdulkadir Masharipov forty aggravated life sentences on Monday, 7 September. Masharipov, an Uzbek national, was […]