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Turkey police arrest dozens in raid on factory strike

Turkish police on Thursday broke up a protest by employees of a US packaging firm who had occupied their factory in Istanbul for two months to press labour demands, local media reported. Police stormed the plant in Istanbul's Hadimkoy district, on the European side of the bi-continental city, in a dawn operation during which 91 people were detained, the Hurriyet newspaper said. A small group of holdout protesters took to the roof of the factory in response to the police action.

Disquiet over Turkish PM's pharaonic megaprojects

Osman Erkov's farm sits pretty in a seaside village near Istanbul, but soon it will make way for one of Turkey's many new megaprojects, billed the "world's biggest airport". "Look how beautiful it is, this landscape," said the dairy farmer, looking across the Black Sea village of Yenikoy on the rural fringes of the sprawling megacity of over 15 million people. "Well, all that will disappear," he said, gazing at the future site of Istanbul's third airport, one of many grand projects of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was once the city's mayor.

Turkish protester dies from injury in Istanbul clashes: official

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish protester died on Wednesday from a head injury sustained during a clash between rival groups of demonstrators in Istanbul, a local official from the ruling AK Party told CNN Turk television. "There were two groups attacking the police and one youth suffered a head injury ... and lost his life," Aziz Babuscu, the AK Party's Istanbul provincial head, told the broadcaster. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Police fire tear gas on anti-government protesters in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse several thousand protesters chanting "thief Tayyip Erdogan" and "government resign" in Istanbul on Tuesday as the fallout of a corruption scandal intensified. The protest in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul came after Erdogan accused political enemies of faking a recording of a phone conversation suggesting he had warned his son to hide large sums of money as the graft inquiry erupted.

Gas blast shakes apartment buildings in central Istanbul

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion caused by a gas leak tore through a residential building near central Istanbul's Taksim Square on Monday, injuring several people and sending debris spewing into a narrow side street, city officials said. Windows in several multi-storey buildings were blown out and a car tipped onto its side by the force of the blast, which could be heard from across the Bosphorus Strait dividing the city of almost 15 million people.

Gas blast shakes apartment buildings in central Istanbul

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion caused by a gas leak tore through a residential building near central Istanbul's Taksim Square on Monday, injuring several people and sending debris spewing into a narrow side street, city officials said. Windows in several multi-storey buildings were blown out and a car tipped onto its side by the force of the blast, which could be heard from across the Bosphorus Strait dividing the city of almost 15 million people.

Turkey vows to build new airport despite court order

Turkey vowed Tuesday to press ahead with the construction of what could become one of the world's busiest airports despite a court order halting work over environmental concerns. A court last month suspended work on Istanbul's third airport after local residents and environmental groups filed a lawsuit, arguing that the operations caused serious damage to the environment, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

Istanbul police chief dismissed in graft probe

The Istanbul police chief has been dismissed after dozens of people including the sons of cabinet ministers were detained in a sweeping graft probe, media reports said Thursday. Huseyin Capkin is the latest of 30 senior police officers to be sacked in Istanbul and Ankara for "abusing their power", CNN-Turk television reported. dg/txw

Turkey suspends trial over century-old French erotic novel

An Istanbul court on Tuesday suspended the trial of a Turkish publisher and a translator accused of corrupting public morals over a French book written more than a century ago. The case over "The Exploits of a Young Don Juan" by French surrealist Guillaume Apollinaire is the latest in a string of trials testing freedom of expression in a country often under fire over its human rights. The court suspended the case against publisher Irfan Sanci and translator Ismail Yerguz for three years, citing a technicality in the Turkish penal code.

Turkish decision on China defense deal to take at least six months

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's decision on whether to co-produce an air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions is likely to take at least six months, a senior Turkish defense official said on Thursday. Turkey announced in September it had chosen the Chinese bid over rival offers from Franco/Italian Eurosam and U.S. firm Raytheon, causing alarm in NATO countries. Officials have said the decision is not yet final.
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