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In Istanbul, Erdogan Remakes Taksim Square, a Symbol of Secular Turkey

This popular urban patch has been a symbol of the secular republic for nearly 100 years, but six years after deadly protests there, contentious changes have begun to alter its character in major ways.


Erdogan Uses Video of New Zealand Attacks at Election Rallies

The Turkish president used blurred images of the assault to criticize an opposition leader, comparing him to a notorious Australian politician.


Turkey Enters Recession, a Blow for Erdogan as Elections Near

Turkish government figures show two consecutive quarters of declining growth amid falling investor confidence, shrinking investment and rising prices.


Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey?s Bad Economy. It?s Still Hurting.

The president is trying to keep prices down in an effort to maintain support before municipal elections vital to his party?s hold on power.


Want a Castle in Turkey? You May Find a Bargain

The nation?s economic slowdown has undercut plans for a subdivision of 700 minicastles, complete with turrets and indoor pools, near the Black Sea.


An Istanbul ?Timekeeper? Who Believes in Taking It Slow

Sevan Bicakci spent more than nine years creating the 85 pieces in his first watch collection.


Turkey?s Mass Trials Deepen Wounds Left by Attempted Coup

While the sweeping verdicts are welcomed by the government and its supporters, critics say they are deeply flawed and represent collective punishment.


Clean, On Time and Rat-Free: 9 International Transit Systems With Lessons for New York

From Tokyo to Zurich, readers told us how New York?s subway compares with the public transportation in their cities (spoiler alert: not well).


Turkey Urges China to End Mass Detention of Muslims

The rare rebuke of the Chinese crackdown by a majority-Muslim country came after reports that a prominent Uighur folk poet had died in detention.


Death Toll Rises to 15 in Istanbul Building Collapse

Turkish news reports raised the possibility that columns had been removed from the building, weakening it ? once a common practice.