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September 7, 2013 | By David Wharton
The International Olympic Committee has selected Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Games. The Japanese city, considered a favorite to be chosen as host, prevailed over Istanbul in a second-round vote Saturday among IOC members gathered in Buenos Aires. A third finalist, Madrid, was eliminated from consideration during the first round of voting. Tokyo representatives had portrayed their city as the safe choice, a modern metropolis that had provided a successful Olympic Games in 1964 and could once again handle the world's grandest sporting event.
June 3, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Patrick J. McDonnell
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 | From Times wire services
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.
December 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
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 | Elaine Kendall
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.
May 23, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/ For the Booster Shots Blog
Steady exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by cellphones during use may disrupt fetal development, disturb memory and weaken the barrier that protects the brain from environmental toxins, says a welter of new research being presented this week in Istanbul, Turkey. The authors of the studies, published in the past two years, highly preliminary and conducted on rabbits, mice and rats, suggested that the non-ionizing radiation emitted by cellphones and the base stations that broadcast cellphone signals may fundamentally damage cells by means other than the heat that they generate.
July 9, 2013 | By David Wharton
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.
December 24, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 23, 2003 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Saturday was a day of more funerals, peace marches across Turkey to protest the week's suicide bombings, and surging anger -- some of it directed at the United States. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at a funeral under sunny skies that belied the sorrow felt by those gathered, said the killers of more than 50 people in four attacks in Istanbul were Turkish citizens "with links abroad."
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