Battle for Turkey's Taksim Square rages on

Protesters trying to return to Taksim Square after Saturday night's sweep are repelled by riot police firing tear gas. Photo: EPA

Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons yesterday at demonstrators trying to return to Istanbul's main square, maintaining a hard line against rekindled protests as the prime minister's supporters prepared to rally across town.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:59am

How they see it

Turkish protesters, waving posters of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk, gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: AP

It started with a small protest over the decision to pave over a small park in Istanbul. But that decision and the Ankara government's heavy-handed reaction has sparked the most violent riots that Turkey has experienced in decades.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:12am

Erdogan talks tough on return to Istanbul, but protests now in 78 cities

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted by a throng of supporters on his return to Istanbul. Photo: AFP

Turkey's prime minister took a combative stance on his closely watched return to the country, telling supporters who thronged to greet him that protests sweeping the country must end.

In the first strong show of support since anti-government protests erupted last week, more than 10,000 supporters cheered Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside an Istanbul airport early yesterday.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:00am

Turkey protesters defy plea to end unrest after government apology

A protester wears a gas mask during clashes near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Fresh violence erupted early on Wednesday as protesters defied a government plea to end days of deadly unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-long rule.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Turkish protesters occupy park after police retreat

 Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Turkish protesters poured onto the streets and reoccupied a central Istanbul park yesterday as the police withdrew after three days of violent clashes that sparked a massive anti- regime demonstration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Postcard: Istanbul

The Istanbul Film Festival team and celebrity guests joined a protest against the demolition of the Emek movie theatre. Photo: Maria Giovanna Vagenas

Stretching along both sides of the Bosphorus, the cosmopolitan Turkish city of Istanbul is a mesmerising metropolis.

21 Apr 2013 - 2:58pm

Hundreds protest as mass Turkey coup trial nears close

 Turkish police fire water cannon and tear gas as they clash with hundreds of protesters trying to enter a courthouse in Silivri near Istanbul on Friday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police on Monday outside a prison complex where the mass trial of almost 300 people accused of scheming to topple the elected Turkish government drew to a close.

18 Feb 2013 - 9:05pm

Turkish Airlines to increase flights between Hong Kong and Istanbul

Turkish Airlines to increase flights between Hong Kong and Istanbul

Turkish Airlines will increase its service between Hong Kong and Istanbul as passengers seek cheaper fares to Europe and more exotic destinations.

Approximately 40 per cent of the Hong Kong passengers who fly Turkish Air transit through Istanbul on their way to Europe, while 5 per cent use the city to reach the Middle East, North Africa, and South America.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:27am

Multicultural 'city of world's desire'

Istanbul, in Turkey, is known for its delicious cuisine. Many of its stalls serve freshly made kebabs (meat on skewers), sesame-dotted pretzels or salted corn cobs.

For those of you with a sweet tooth, the lokum, or Turkish delight, is really fantastic; it's made with fresh nuts such as pistachio, dates and hazelnuts.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Centre of attention

ON an unseasonably warm day last winter, the tap-tap of a jewellers' hammer mingled with the clink of espresso cups in Istanbul's Galata neighbourhood.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Staying power

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9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Turkish delight for investors

Mention the European Union economies in conversation these days, and you're bound to hear 'bad news' opinions about unsustainable debt levels and scuttled property markets.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Rich Pickings

THERE'S NO shortage of flash and glamour during Istanbul Fashion Week, when the city puts on its best party clothes. In a metropolis of minarets and martinis, fashionable society revels in wearing short skirts, body-conscious dresses and vertiginous heels - as if to show how much more liberal they are than their neighbours.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Seventh heaven

Seven cities in seven days; and all in extreme luxury. This is what the ultra exclusive club Barradoro is offering its 100 members who, for US$194,300, can embark on a trip of a lifetime. The indulgent journey begins this July aboard a private jet.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Istanbul's bazaars

You could spend hours wandering around the maze of alleyways in Istanbul's bazaars. Eminonu district is home to the Spice Bazaar, or Misir Carsisi (below), where myriad shops sell herbs, cheese, soaps and dried fruit.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am