November 1, 1987 |
Perched as it is on the edge of two continents--Europe and Asia--Istanbul is not a city that would automatically come to mind as a theatrical center. A place of great antiquity, yes. From the amazing sultanate halls of its Topkapi Palace to the vaulted domes of AyaSofia (the basilica of Saint Sophia) and the needle minarets of its Mimar Sinan mosques, Istanbul is a curious amalgam of cultures, straddling East and West, past and present, as handily as it straddles the Bosporus.
June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials have “serious concerns” about reports of excessive force by Turkish police against protesters, the White House said Monday, as a country lauded as a model for democracy in the Muslim world faces its most violent street protests in decades. “The United States supports full freedom of expression and assembly, including the right to peaceful protest,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “We believe that the vast majority of the protesters have been peaceful, law-abiding, ordinary citizens exercising their rights.” Carney's comments came as thousands of protesters filled Taksim Square in central Istanbul for a fourth consecutive day Monday.
May 16, 1989 |
Hundreds of Turkish road workers marched to court today to demand divorces in a bizarre new twist to the country's mounting labor militancy. "We have to try everything to win our rights. We've already refused to shave. We've walked barefoot to work. We've reported sick together," a road builders' union official said. More than half the union's 2,500 members in Diyarbakir, 875 miles southeast of Istanbul, lined up under a hot sun to file for divorce on grounds of poverty. "We can't make ends meet.
February 7, 2014 |
MOSCOW - Fears of a terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in southern Russia took on frightening reality Friday when a Ukrainian man claimed to have a bomb aboard a Turkish airliner and reportedly ordered the plane to divert to the games venue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Turkish news agencies reported that the Pegasus Airlines flight from Kharkov, Ukraine, to Istanbul sent out a distress signal just before the opening ceremonies were to begin for the Feb. 7-23 games. A Chechen separatist warlord had vowed last summer to attack the Olympic venues to press the autonomy demands of Islamic minorities inhabiting the restive Northern Caucasus region, just east of Sochi.
December 23, 2013 |
A new wave of street protests has flared in Istanbul following the arrest on graft charges of two dozen banking figures with close ties to the Turkish government. The raid on those suspected of corruption prompted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to sack the police investigators involved and accuse them of being part of a "smear campaign" provoked by a U.S.-based Muslim cleric. The sons of two of Erdogan's Cabinet members were among those arrested last week after Turkish media showed video of police hauling shoeboxes stuffed with millions of euros out of the homes of senior officers of state-run lender Halkbank.
January 13, 1985 |
Though the notion of Three Romes is at least five centuries old, the tenuous linkage had all but lapsed, submerged in a welter of glaringly obvious differences. Intrigued by the idea that Moscow, Constantinople and Rome may still have crucial points in common, Fraser attempts to revive a connection among the three cities; "each one desirous of ruling the world and establishing the kingdom of heaven on earth."
August 18, 2013
I just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic article on eating in Istanbul ["Spiced by East & West," Aug. 4, by S. Irene Virbila]. My husband and I are planning our first Istanbul trip. To read your extensive story after having read about Semsa Denizsel in the Aug. 3 Saturday section ["The Alice Waters of Turkey"] sent me over the edge. We will take your article with us to share with as many of these restaurants that we can fit in our schedule. Keep these great articles coming; it makes the L.A. Times so worthwhile.
July 9, 2013 |
Turkish Olympic officials say they are cooperating with an international anti-doping investigation that has targeted their athletes and will assist in punishing anyone found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. "The [National Olympic Committee] of Turkey is taking this matter very seriously and we are urgently reviewing all alleged and any confirmed doping cases involving Turkish athletes," said a statement sent to The Times on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, track and field's international governing body confirmed that rumors of widespread doping in that country had triggered the investigation.
August 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova, who on Friday won her second-round U.S. Open match against Stanford psychology major Mallory Burdette, 6-1, 6-1, said afterward that she and former Laker Sasha Vujacic are no longer engaged. Sharapova said she and Vujacic split in the spring, before stories appeared in Turkish newspapers that she and Vujacic were going to get married in Istanbul in November. Vujacic has been playing for a professional team in Turkey. "It's been since the end of spring," Sharapova said.
December 24, 2010 |
Turkey took over the rotating leadership of a trade organization that includes Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asian states on Thursday in a post that highlights the country's increasing economic and political clout. Iran's newly designated caretaker foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, made his first diplomatic appearance at the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, or ECO. He joined other envoys and heads of state for a gathering meant to solidify ties between the lands of the ancient Silk Road and establish a free-trade zone among the countries by 2015.