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Video: Plane hijack suspect in court

A man accused of attempting to hijack a Turkish Airlines flight between Oslo and Istanbul has appeared in court.

Turkish Airlines passengers foil hijack attempt

Passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo overpowered a would-be hijacker as it landed at Istanbul airport on Wednesday.

Israeli raid ship returns to port

Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists gathered in Istanbul yesterday to welcome back a ship that was the scene of bloodshed during an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

24-Hour Room Service: Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul

History revisited in the heart of Istanbul

Massive blaze hits Istanbul landmark

Istanbul's Haydarpasa train station had its roof destroyed in a spectacular fire.

PKK denies suicide bombing

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) yesterday denied responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul that wounded 32 people. The group said it was extending a ceasefire until Turkey's general elections in 2011.

PKK suspected over Istanbul suicide bomb as ceasefire runs out

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up next to a police vehicle in Istanbul's busy Taksim Square yesterday, injuring at least 32 people, 15 of them police officers.

Several injured in Istanbul suicide blast

A suicide bomber blew himself up near police watching over Istanbul's main square today, wounding 22 people, including 10 policemen, officials said.

Stay the night: At last, glamour has returned to the Orient

The Pera Palace, Istanbul's top address, has been restored to its former glory, says Adrian Mourby

My Life In Travel: Lulu, singer and actress

'I'm now completely enthralled by Turkey'

The Museum of Innocence, By Orhan Pamuk

Stretching over 30 years, but seldom straying far from a few Istanbul quarters, Pamuk's most seductive novel yet is a tale of life-defining desire and devotion.

Stay the night: A'jia Hotel, Istanbul

Adrian Mourby glides by the congested city on a river taxi ride to this elegant boutique hotel

London has 'the worst food in Europe'

British cities have fared poorly in a Europe-wide survey, with London having the worst food and Birmingham being the most boring big town.

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