Turkish people gather to celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral elections re-run, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

‘Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey, ” Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said. How he must hope he is wrong. In perhaps the most significant setback he has suf(...)

Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu celebrating in front of supporters at Beylikduzu in the city after his decisive win in Sunday’s election. Photograph: CHP press service/AFP/Getty Images

Delivering a victory speech at his party’s election headquarters on Sunday night, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor declared that his triumph in a (...)

Supporters of president Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags in Istanbul. The country’s  international relations are  changing. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at (...)

Republican People’s Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu during a campaign rally in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Millions of voters in Istanbul go back to the polls for a controversial mayoral election re-run on Sunday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party t(...)

 People pass in front of a banner with pictures of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim, AKP’s local candidate, in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Official results in local elections that appear to have delivered a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dominance over Turkey have been pushed ba(...)

Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker. Photograph: ICIJ

A Turkish journalist has been sentenced to more than a year in jail for her work on the Paradise Papers investigation into offshore tax havens, becaus(...)

A tank crashes into a car as people take to streets in Ankara, Turkey during a protest against an attempted military coup on July 16th, 2016. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s two-year state of emergency came to an end at midnight on Wednesday, but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue human rights campai(...)

Muharrem Ince, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) candidate in the June 24th presidential  election, with a shoeshiner in Istanbul. Photograph: Huseyin Aldemir

For a country with declining democratic credentials, Turkey’s politicians have shown remarkable interest in asking the public for its say. Local and (...)

 Kosovo’s prime minister Ramush Haradinaj:  claims to have known nothing  about a police operation in which six men were seized and flown back to Turkey. Photograph: Hazir reka

Kosovo’s prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, has sacked his interior minister and intelligence chief after police arrested and deported six Turks to the(...)

Syria conflict: Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters near the city of Afrin as smoke billows from a reported Kurdish People’s Protection Units location. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty

Turkish warplanes struck pro-government forces in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin on Saturday, killing at least 36 soldiers, as Turkey’s assau(...)

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