January 14, 2016
ISTANBUL - A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of Istanbul's historic districtyesterday, killing 10 foreigners - mostly German tourists - and wounding 15 other people in the latest in a string of attacks by the Islamic extremists targeting Westerners. The blast, just steps from the historic Blue Mosque and a former Byzantine church in the city's storied Sultanahmet district, was the first by ISIS to target Turkey's vital tourism sector, although terrorists have struck with deadly effect elsewhere in the country.
March 30, 2015 |
On my second day in Paris, and the beginning of my 32d year, I stood among six or seven million skeletons as strangers sang "Happy Birthday" to me. There in the catacombs, 65 feet and 130 stone steps below the 14th arrondissement , I began my journey. It was last October, and Paris was the jumping-off point. From Gare L'Est, one of the city's oldest stations, I was to board the first of a series of trains that would take me across the waistline of Europe, tracing the original Orient Express through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey.
May 20, 2014 |
George F. Selhat, 93, of Jenkintown, a physician who practiced at Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia for more than a half century, died Wednesday, May 14, of cancer at home. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, he moved to the United States in 1959. Dr. Selhat graduated from the University of Istanbul in 1952 with a medical degree. He served a residency in medicine at Jeanes Hospital from 1959 to 1963, and an internship in internal medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1964.
July 8, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to enter a cordoned-off park near Istanbul's landmark Taksim Square on Saturday, hours after the city's governor warned the demonstration was illegal and participants would be dispersed. A few thousand people converged on the square, with the aim of entering Gezi Park, whose redevelopment plans sparked anger and morphed into nationwide antigovernment protests in June. Organizers had planned to serve notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled redevelopment plans for Taksim and break through police cordons.
June 17, 2013 |
ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday it was his "duty" to order riot police to evict activists occupying an Istanbul park that became a center of defiance against his rule, even as the government crackdown continued across town with tear gas fired at protesters trying to regroup. In a thunderous speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in western Istanbul, Erdogan also railed against foreign media coverage of the unrest amid criticism over his government's handling of the protests that left his international image battered, and exposed deep rifts within Turkish society.
June 14, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The prime minister was meeting with antigovernment protesters early Friday, hours after giving them his "final warning" to end their occupation of a central Istanbul park that has become a flash point for the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule. If the talks break down, an eventual police intervention to clear Taksim Square's Gezi Park of the thousands of protesters who have been camping there for two weeks seemed increasingly likely. As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks in the capital, Ankara, Istanbul's governor hosted a midnight meeting with any protesters who cared to join him at a cafe near Taksim Square - vowing to consult with them "until the morning if necessary" on finding a solution to the Gezi Park sit-in.
June 13, 2013 |
ISTANBUL - Turkey's government on Wednesday offered a first concrete gesture aimed at ending nearly two weeks of street protests, proposing a referendum on a development project in Istanbul that triggered demonstrations that have become the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10-year tenure. Despite the offer, protesters continued to converge on Istanbul's Taksim Squire, the center for 13 days of repeated clashes between riot police firing tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, and stone-throwing youths - an early sign the proposal hadn't defused the demonstrators' concerns.
June 8, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The prime minister took a combative stance on his closely watched return to the country early Friday, telling supporters who thronged to greet him that the protests that have swept the country must come to an end. In the first extensive public show of support since antigovernment protests erupted last week, more than 10,000 supporters cheered Recep Tayyip Erdogan with rapturous applause outside an Istanbul airport. Despite earlier comments that suggested he could be softening his stand, Erdogan delivered a fiery speech on his return from a four-day trip to North Africa.
June 3, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Thousands of people flooded Istanbul's main square Saturday after a crackdown on antigovernment protests turned city streets into a battlefield clouded by tear gas. Though he offered some concessions to demonstrators, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained largely defiant in the face of the biggest popular challenge to his power in a decade in office, insisting the protests are undemocratic and illegitimate. Public anger has flared among urban and secular Turks after police violently broke up an antidevelopment sit-in in the landmark Taksim Square, with protests spreading to dozens of other cities as demonstrators denounced what they see as Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style.
May 9, 2013 |
Whatever music Billy and Joe Tayoun play - the authentic folk songs of the Mid-East Ensemble, or the modern ethno-rock of Barakka - their surname carries a legacy. Through their two bands, the brothers are not only ambassadors for Lebanese culture in the Philadelphia area. They, along with brother-in-law Roger Mgrdichian, also are keepers of a family entertainment tradition that dates to 1959, when the Middle East Restaurant opened in South Philly at 10th and Ellsworth Streets. Owned by Joe and Billy's father, the late Edmond Tayoun, and their uncle, former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun, the Middle East became a hotbed of live art, music, and dance when it moved a decade later to 126 Chestnut St. in Old City.