Protesters dance in Gezi park in Istanbul’s Taksim square early this morning despite being ordered yesterday by   Turkey’s ruling AK Party to leave  immediately. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan will meet today with members of a group opposed to the redevelopment of an Istanbul park in a bid to end two wee(...)

Anti-government protesters read books at Kizilay Square in Ankara yesterday. They gathered for the reading in an attempt to circumvent police bans against mass gatherings and protests in the capital. Photographj: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Representatives of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said yesterday a referendum may be possible to decide the future status of Ge(...)

The Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Turkey’s minister for EU affairs has rejected EU criticism of his government’s harsh crackdown on nationwide protests and claimed the demonstration(...)

Protesters run in panic as Turkish riot police returned to Istanbul’s Taksim Square yesterday. Riot police fired volleys of tear gas canisters into the square, the centre of protests against prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, driving thousands into narrow side streets, witnesses said. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

The epicentre of anti-government protests sweeping Turkey was tense last night ahead of anticipated talks between prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (...)

Protesters shout anti-government slogans as they gather for a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. Photograph: Osman Orsal

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday blamed continuing anti-government protests on forces he claimed were attempting to sabotage the (...)

Protests have also taken place in Ankara. Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party yesterday ruled out early elections as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters
Turkish protests continue

Turkish police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators as the country’s biggest wave of anti-government protests (...)

A protestor  in Taksim Square yesterday. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

The EU’s enlargement commissioner has slated the harsh crackdown on Turkish protesters over the past week, telling an Istanbul audience that included (...)

Mixed reception: supporters of the Turkish prime minister,  Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  wave the national flag on Friday as Erdogan returns to Istanbul from a tour of North Africa. At the same time, thousands of people protested at  Taksim Square, in the centre of Istanbul. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Hazal Oztetikler takes a break from planting saplings in a sun-dappled corner of Gezi Park, in downtown Istanbul, to reflect on how a small sit-in aga(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (top) waves to supporters after arriving at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early this morning. Mr Erdogan called on Turks on Friday to distance themselves from  protests and said accusations of  excessive use of police force during recent unrest were being investigated. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey must investigate whether police used excessive force in a crackdown on days of anti-government demonstrations and hold those responsible to acc(...)

An anti-government protester raises a poster depicting Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration in central Ankara yesterday. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Around a sun-dappled cafe table in Istanbul’s hardscrabble Kasimpasa district, Hatice Ustbas and her friends are arguing over their neighbourhood’s mo(...)

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