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Turkey: Istanbul Bomber Was ISIS Member

He was a Turkish citizen and not on any wanted list, minister says

(Newser) - Turkey's interior minister has identified the suicide bomber who killed four foreign tourists in Istanbul as a militant with links to ISIS. Minister Efkan Ala says the bomber was Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, who was born in 1992 in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria. Ala says Ozturk wasn't... More »

2 Americans, 3 Others Killed by Suicide Bomber in Istanbul

At least 20 were injured

(Newser) - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping street on Saturday, killing five people, the AP reports. The White House announced that two of the dead were American citizens, though it didn't identify them, according to AFP . Twenty other people were injured in the attack.... More »

Bomber With 'Syrian Roots' Kills 10 in Heart of Istanbul

Turkey President blames Syrian suicide bomber

(Newser) - A Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 others, said Turkish officials. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks that both Turks and foreigners were among the dead in the explosion... More »

Hostage Prosecutor Dies After Istanbul Shootout

2 members of banned leftist group also killed

(Newser) - Two members of a banned leftist group and a prosecutor they held hostage inside a courthouse in Istanbul died yesterday after a shootout between the hostage takers and police, officials say. Istanbul's police chief says police negotiated with the gunmen for six hours before the violent end of the... More »

Ancient Ships Found Alongside Human Heads

Byzantine galleys are first ever discovered

(Newser) - The remains of 37 Byzantine shipwrecks are giving archaeologists a first-ever look at that empire's long, oared galleys—and may reveal how ship-building evolved during the Middle Ages, LiveScience reports. The shipwrecks were found in a part of Istanbul called Yenikapi, whose harbor was built during the reign of... More »

Turkish Youths Assault 3 US Sailors

All got out safe amid chants of 'Yankee go home'

(Newser) - Three US sailors on port leave in Istanbul got an up-close look at anti-American sentiment when a group of young men began taunting and then physically confronting them, reports NBC News . At one point, the assailants put plastic bags over the heads of the Americans, who were not in uniform.... More »

Elevator Plunges 32 Stories, Kills 10

Turkey investigating horrific accident at Istanbul construction site

(Newser) - An elevator has plunged 32 stories at a construction site in Istanbul, killing 10 people. Istanbul's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said eight people have been detained and that an investigation has been launched into the incident that occurred yesterday. Mutlu said: "The laws are clear. If anyone is... More »

For 1st Time, Sea Tunnel Links 2 Continents

Istanbul link was planned 150 years ago

(Newser) - An idea conceived by an Ottoman sultan 150 years ago is finally coming to life: Turkey this week opened the first sea tunnel connecting two continents. The 8.5-mile-long tunnel connects the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, with 4,593 feet of it running under the Bosporus, the strait... More »

Turkish Protesters: We're Not Going Anywhere

They reject government's park offer

(Newser) - Yesterday, Turkey's government offered to stop pushing the redevelopment of Istanbul's Gezi Park until after a court ruling; today, protesters say that's not enough. They plan to hold their ground, they say, per the BBC : "We will continue our resistance in the face of any injustice... More »

Protesters, Cops Poised for Showdown in Turkey

Demonstrators return to Taksim Square, despite police show of force

(Newser) - Protesters and Turkey's prime minister both refused to back down today in what could become the final battle for Istanbul's Taksim Square, the symbol of nationwide grievances against his government. Tens of thousands of protesters returned to the square in the evening, a show of defiance met with... More »

Police Storm Square at Heart of Turkish Protests

Rubber bullets fired as cops move in on Istanbul protesters

(Newser) - Hundreds of police in riot gear pushed past improvised barricades early today to reach Istanbul's central Taksim Square, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to scatter protesters who have occupied the area for more than a week. Many demonstrators fled into the square's Gezi Park, where hundreds have... More »

Turkey PM Not Exactly Trembling Over Protests

Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds by leaving for 4-day foreign tour

(Newser) - One of Turkey's biggest labor groups has thrown its weight behind the huge anti-government protests shaking the country . The Kesk trade union confederation has declared a two-day strike, accusing the government of committing "state terror" in trying to crush the protests, which are now in their sixth day,... More »

Half of Turkey's Provinces Protesting

Arrest, injuries mount as unrest enters 4th day

(Newser) - The number of those arrested or injured in anti-government protests in Turkey has entered the thousands and the unrest has spread to half of the country's 81 provinces, a government official said yesterday, the Guardian reports. (Turkish media is reporting that 67 provinces have seen protests.) The protests—... More »

May Day Clash Erupts at Banned Istanbul Site

20 arrested, at least 4 injured, as capital's main hub closed off

(Newser) - Violent clashes erupted between police and protesters in Istanbul today, when hundreds tried to breach barricades and reach the city's main square to mark May Day in defiance of a government ban. Some demonstrators hurled stones, gasoline bombs, and fireworks at riot police, who responded with tear gas as... More »

Turkey Detains Suspect in NY Mom's Murder

'Ziya T.' had been on run for a month after Sarai Sierra found dead

(Newser) - After more than a month of searching, Turkish police have detained a man considered the top suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, an American mom and photographer who was found dead in Istanbul last month. A police spokesman says that the suspect, identified as Ziya T., was caught... More »

Murdered Tourist Wasn't Just Taking Pictures: FBI

Agents believe there was more to Sarai Sierra's Turkey trip

(Newser) - Sarai Sierra's family says the murdered New York mom was in Turkey on a photography vacation, but FBI agents say they think she was doing more than just taking a few innocent pictures. "The first people she met up with were a criminal element," a source close... More »

Slain Tourist's Kids Unaware of Her Death

Sarai Sierra's husband to tell them on return from Turkey

(Newser) - It's been all over the news, but Sarai Sierra's kids—boys ages nine and 11—still don't know their mother was found dead in Turkey , their grandmother tells the Today show. Their father is currently in Istanbul working alongside police to solve the killing. He's "... More »

Turkey Police: US Tourist Was Killed By Blow to Head

11 arrests made in murder of Sarai Sierra

(Newser) - Istanbul's police chief is contradicting initial reports that American tourist Sarai Sierra was stabbed to death , telling CNN that she instead died of a blow to the head. "We have confirmed that she was murdered by way of impacts on her head," he said today. "But... More »

Missing US Woman Found Dead in Turkey

Turkish news agency says Sarai Sierra was stabbed in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkey's state-run news agency says a missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home. The Anadolu Agency... More »

Missing Tourist Spotted on Security Video

Sarai Sierra seen 2 days before she was due to leave Turkey

(Newser) - Officials are piecing together the last known movements of an American tourist who vanished in Turkey last week. Sarai Sierra was seen on security video eating alone in a mall food court in Istanbul, near where she was staying, two days before she was supposed to return home. On the... More »

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