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September 14, 2013
On a trip to Istanbul last fall, we followed a Perrin's People recommendation and used Karen Fedorko Sefer at Sea Song Tours. It would not have been the same trip had we not used this excellent service. Nigar, our guide, was experienced, knowledgeable and warmly personal. We saw parts of Istanbul not available to the casual traveler. Our only mistake was not using Sea Song for Ephesus. We took the ship's tour, and it was pitiful and much more expensive. We highly recommend Sea Song Tours.
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BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports.  The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.   VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
You're roasting a turkey in the oven, and while it may look like it's ready to eat, you have no idea whether it's actually done. What do you do? There are a few simple ways to test turkeys (and all poultry) for doneness: Grab the end of the drumstick and twist it slightly; if the meat is done, the bone should twist easily at the knee. Check the juices: If the turkey is done, they will run clear (if they are still pink, the turkey needs to cook longer). Feel to make sure the meat is firm, and check with a knife to see that the meat is no longer pink.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey --  As night fell in the Turkish capital Sunday, thousands of protesters continued to march in protest against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, beating drums and rattling the shutters pulled down tight on storefronts as they called for the premier's resignation. A weekend of dramatic protest left Turkey reeling, with thousands of dissidents taking to the streets following a brutal police crackdown, presenting the country's leadership with the most cohesive challenge to its leadership it has faced during more than a decade in power.
WORLD
May 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car-bomb attacks in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The strikes have stunned Turkey and exacerbated already-high tensions between the neighboring nations about the civil war raging inside Syria. Turkish officials have publicly linked the bombings to Syria's intelligence service -- a charge denied Sunday by Omran al-Zoubi, the Syrian information minister.
NEWS
November 22, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you've ever wondered how to carve a turkey -- yes, we've all been there! -- check out this video from Food editor Russ Parsons. He'll show you how to tackle that big bird, and how to plate it when you're done. And check out the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook. " The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah , Christmas and New Year's. We've also updated last year's "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies," so it now includes 65 recipes from a wide range of sources, including world-famous pastry chefs and home cooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1997
Jonathan Power ("Why Is the European Union Loath to Admit Turkey" Commentary, May 19) is critical of the EU for resistance to the admission of Turkey. Not only does Turkey have the bad record of violation of rights of its minorities admitted in the article, it has the history of Armenian genocides of World War I and before that it officially denies. It continues military occupation of Cyprus in violation of U.N. security resolutions. It has its own tradition, which differs from the Western tradition common to the countries of the EU. ROBERT JOHN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1995
Your Oct. 16 editorial fails to accurately portray Turkey as a democratic and open society. Turkey has open and free elections; a thriving multi-party political system with a full range of parties from left and right; a free, vibrant and uncensored mass media, willing to criticize the government; an independent legislature and an independent judiciary with a fully developed legal system. The Turkish democratic foundation is unquestionably strong but there still remains room for improvement.
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