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Iraq's 'Garden of Eden' Added to Prestigious List

Wetlands of southern Iraq are one of 12 new UNESCO world heritage sites

(Newser) - Fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, vast and remote wetlands along the border with Iran in southern Iraq that are considered to be the biblical "Garden of Eden" have just been named a UNESCO world heritage site, the United Nations reports. Among the 12 new sites added to... More »

Officials Say 1-Armed Man Behind Istanbul Airport Attack

They call him 'Akhmed One-Arm,' and he's a known terrorist

(Newser) - The attack on Istanbul's airport that left dozens dead and hundreds injured Tuesday was likely organized by a one-armed Chechen terrorist who goes by "Akhmed One-Arm," Fox News reports. A news organization in Turkey identified Ahmed Chatayev as the organizer of the terrorist attack, as did US... More »

At Least 36 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

Officials believe ISIS is behind the attack

(Newser) - Several suicide bombers have hit Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding more than 140, Istanbul's governor and other officials said Tuesday. The attack is being linked to ISIS. Turkey's NTV television quoted Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin as saying three suicide bombers carried out... More »

Turkish Cops Use Tear Gas on Protestors After Radiohead Attack

Radiohead fans were reportedly attacked by an angry mob in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons Saturday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting an attack targeting an event for Radiohead fans the previous night, the AP reports. Skirmishes between police and demonstrators broke out near a record store that hosted the Radiohead event that ended in violence. On... More »

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 »

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