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SPORTS
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.
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WORLD
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.
NEWS
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.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
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.
BOOKS
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."
TRAVEL
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.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Bunheads," the recently canceled ABC Family series from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, didn't draw huge ratings, but its fan base was intensely devoted. Which is probably why Sherman-Palladino felt compelled to gather members of her cast earlier this month to film one final goodbye dance. The series followed a former Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) as she settled into life teaching ballet at a small dance academy in a quiet Southern California town. Though the series was a beloved critical hit, the channel waited for months after its first-season finale to make its cancellation official.
WORLD
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.
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