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International Cat Day: Meet the princes of Istanbul

On International Cat Day, take a stroll with the true princes of Istanbul or the felines of Taiwan’s very own cat village. In Malaysia, cats are given the royal treatment at a chain of luxury cat hotels.

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Thousands cross continents in Istanbul swim race

2400 swimmers crossed the Bosphorus in Istanbul for the 30th edition of the famous race. The first swimmer, Dogukan Ulac from Cyprus, completed the 6.5 km in 46 minutes 58 seconds.

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Turkish rescuers attend to passengers after train accident

Ten people were killed and more than 70 injured on Sunday when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, the health ministry said. The train, with over 360 people on board, was travelling from the Edirne region on the Greek and Bulgarian borders to Istanbul’s Halkali station when six of its carriages derailed in the Tekirdag region.

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Reaction in Istanbul to Erdogan’s election win

People in Istanbul react to the victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday’s presidential election.

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Erdogan supporters take to the streets of Istanbul

Erdogan supporters take to the streets of Istanbul after the Turkish leader declared victory in the presidential election. IMAGES

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Turkish President Erdogan votes in Istanbul

Turks were voting Sunday in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles.

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President Erdogan holds last campaign rally in Istanbul

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds his last campaign rally in Istanbul. Turks vote on Sunday in snap twin presidential and parliamentary elections called by Erdogan one-and-a-half years ahead of schedule, with the president seeking a first-round victory for a new mandate and a strong parliamentary majority. IMAGES

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Turkey’s main opposition candidate Ince holds his final rally

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s main rival in Sunday’s polls Muharrem Ince holds a rally in Istanbul on the eve of the election. The candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has in the space of weeks risen from being a fiery parliamentarian to a presidential contender who has energised the Turkish opposition and poses a serious challenge to President Erdogan. IMAGES

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Erdogan hosts rally in home district ahead of Sunday election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a rally in his home district of Kasimpasa, Beyoglu in Istanbul ahead of Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. IMAGES

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Erdogan’s megaprojects

Whatever the outcome of Sunday’s vote, which promises to be more disputed than expected, Mr Erdogan has already profoundly transformed Turkey through mega infrastructure projects and by pursuing a more assertive foreign policy. Videographic of major works and projects in Istanbul, in particular. VIDEOGRAPHICS