Some 2,000 people marched peacefully in central Istanbul on International Women’s Day, protesting the Turkish government’s policies and violence against women. A small group of protesters later clashed with officers who blocked them from Taksim Square.
US Navy destroyer, the USS Truxtun, has crossed Turkey's Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea. With the Crimea Peninsula getting ready to hold a referendum on independence from Ukraine in a week, the US is ramping up its military presence in the region.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has hinted he may implement a ban on Facebook and YouTube following this month’s elections. President Abdullah Gul has resolved to block the move, calling it “out of the question.”
The US Navy has confirmed that a guided missile destroyer, the USS Truxtun, is heading to the Black Sea, for what the US military said is a “routine” deployment, decided long before the crisis in Ukraine, which has divided world powers.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister has revealed that the country's national spy agency is keeping tabs on almost 2,500 people, mostly foreigners. The news comes amid a parliamentary debate over expanding the bureau's espionage powers.
As Turkey is now slowly approaching the first centenary of the Republic's foundation on 29 October 1923, some critics appear to fear that the country has assumed an outlook most incongruous with the legacy of Atatürk.
An MP from the main opposition party in Turkey has been taken to hospital after a fight erupted in the Turkish parliament. The scuffles came as MPs were about to vote on a bill allocating more powers to the country’s justice minister.