Garo Paylan, Huda Kaya, Selahattin Demirtas and Pervin Buldan celebrate the Kurdish-rooted Peoples’ Democratic Party’s election victory in Istanbul earlier this month. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Idris Ozkan wears a broad smile as he talks about Turkey’s recent parliamentary election. As a Kurd who sells tea from the back of a van in Istanbul’s(...)

The golden hour as the sun descends over Istanbul. Photograph: Getty Images

In 2010, Istanbul was European Capital of Culture. After even a brief visit, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was about 2,000 years overdue. Ind(...)

Supporters of the Peoples’ Democracy Party celebrate the results of parliamentary elections in Diyarbakir on Monday. With turnout of over 86 per cent, the election is regarded as a triumph for Turkey’s democratic credentials. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey looks set for weeks of political wrangling with no party gaining enough seats to rule alone following Sunday’s unexpected parliamentary electio(...)

I have just arrived in South Korea’s capital and the scale of the city from the luxurious Park Hyatt is truly electrifying, banishing any jet l(...)

The five best cities for street food Hanoi food authorities recently had to test street food samples following rumours that vendors added marij(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets supporters during a rally in the eastern city of Kars. Photograph: AFP

Few outside Turkey had heard of Soma before May 13th, 2014. More than 300 coal miners died that day when the shaft they were working in collapsed arou(...)

With 41,682 seats a week Dublin Airport is one of Europe’s leading hubs for transatlantic traffic. It is behind Heathrow (251,000), Paris Charles de Gaulle (130,000), Frankfurt (115,000) and Amsterdam (80,000).  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Following the Government’s decision to sell the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), it has e(...)

Fiat’s first mid-size car for almost a decade was unveiled at the Istanbul motor show

Fiat has finally given us a look at its first mid-size car for almost a decade, with the unveiling of the Agea, the car that will replace the ancient (...)

19-year-old Hosam from Damascus has joined the thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe. In order to get there, Hosam says,  he will have to pay smugglers €6,000. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Hosam Hamada is somewhere on the open Mediterranean Sea, the hope of a new life and the black water below for company. He and his fellow migrants – fl(...)

Iraqi fighters of the Shia militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) at their headquarters in the southern city of Basra. A spokesman for the force said  militias were mobilised but are being held back by political resistance from the US-led coalition. Photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Shia militias were mobilising to battle fighters from the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday as hundreds of residents remained t(...)