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June 14, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The political standoff between antigovernment protesters and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan eased Friday, but the last two weeks of unrest revealed national fissures and a belief by many that their leader will get his way in the end. Erdogan agreed to halt construction in Istanbul's Gezi Park - pending a referendum and resolution of outstanding court cases - to avert launching a fresh police crackdown after a...
November 20, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold
What do Hermano Cortez, Martha Stewart and Pliny the Younger have in common? Turkey, as it turns out, America's glorious, misunderstood bird. You're going to spend hours cooking it, eating it or admiring it this week - why not spare a few minutes for the quiz? .articlerail, #pmad-rail {display:none;} Related: Jonathan Gold quiz: French fries Jonathan Gold quiz: Why not eat bugs? Beef quiz: Jonathan Gold tests your knowledge  
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.
October 31, 2009
Even as Congress pushes legislation aimed at punishing foreign companies that sell petroleum to Iran, and the United Nations prepares to consider sanctions against that country if an ongoing round of nuclear talks fails, Iranian leaders this week were elated over plans to treble trade ties with a key Middle Eastern power. So which rogue nation is undermining Western efforts to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons? Syria, perhaps, or the unpredictable Saudis? Actually, it's Turkey, a member of NATO, prospective member of the European Union and the United States' most strategically important Muslim ally.
November 17, 2012
  Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 4 Note: The soup can be served with steamed jasmine rice for a more substantial meal. Galangal, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind pulp, Thai basil and fish sauce are available at Thai and general Asian markets. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced 4 ounces (about 4 large) shallots, thinly sliced 1 quart turkey or chicken stock (low-sodium canned broth can be substituted for some or all of the stock)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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