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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
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 | 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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