Istanbul

 

Young Turks choose shopping mall over bazaar

Daren Butler

For centuries, Istanbul lured intrepid shoppers with colourful jewellery and carpets which tumbled from shops in the ancient alleyways of the Grand Bazaar. Today, the city's affluent young middle-class is embracing a different kind of shopping experience in giant glass-and-chrome malls.

McLaren upbeat on Monaco after Turkey showing

Alan Baldwin

Formula One title contenders McLaren left Turkey with their confidence up on Monday despite being beaten for the fourth race in a row by champions Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton finished second at Istanbul Park but the 23-year-old Briton described Sunday's race as the best of his career after having to make an extra pit stop to ensure his tyres lasted safely.

Massa takes Turkish hat-trick for Ferrari

Alan Baldwin

Ferrari's Felipe Massa won the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position for the third year in a row on Sunday after tyre concerns slowed Lewis Hamilton's challenge. The Brazilian took the chequered flag 3,7 seconds ahead of the 23-year-old McLaren driver, who ran most of the race on the harder tyres and had to make three pit stops compared with his rival's two.

Alonso upbeat ahead of Turkish Grand Prix

Gordon Howard

Double world champion Fernando Alonso was upbeat about his Renault team's prospects after a strong performance in Friday's practice for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix. The Spanish former world champion was fourth in the morning and ninth in the afternoon, despite not being happy with his car's balance.

Workers rally on May Day over food prices, rights

Staff Reporter

Police battled demonstrators in Istanbul as tens of thousands of workers rallied on World Labour Day on Thursday while soaring food prices brought large crowds on to the streets of some Asian capitals. In Istanbul, police used pepper gas and water cannon to disperse workers outside Turkey's main left-wing labour confederation.

Istanbul factory blast kills 19

Thomas Grove

At least 19 people were killed and 69 were injured on Thursday when an explosion ripped through an Istanbul building that housed workshops including an illegal fireworks factory. Television footage showed debris from the building strewn through the streets of the industrial district of Davutpasa.

Iraq conference looks at tensions on Turkey border

Sue Pleming, Emma Ross-Thomas

Turkey stepped up pressure on the United States to help curb attacks by Kurdish rebels from northern Iraq as a conference on Saturday of Iraq's neighbours and major powers sought to lower cross-border tensions. The "neighbours' conference", hosted by Turkey, was meant to focus on security inside Iraq but instead it is overshadowed by tensions between Turkey and Iraq.