Twenty years after a deadly earthquake, Istanbul “not ready” for the “Big One” | AFP

Twenty years after a devastating earthquake ravaged the northwest of Turkey, Istanbulites live with the knowledge that another “Big One” is unavoidable, and that their city of 16 million is not prepared. On Saturday, Turkey will mark the anniversary of the 7.4-magnitude quake that hit Izmit — around 100 kilometres east of Istanbul — on August 17, 1999, leaving at least 17,400 people dead, including 1,000 within the economic capital of the country.

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Attacks against Syrians in Turkey raise fears of escalation | AFP

Turkey is home to the largest number of refugees in the world, having welcomed over 3.5 million Syrians, with some 500,000 living in Istanbul. But a recent outbreak of violence which saw Syrian refugees and their businesses attacked has raised fears of an escalation of tension in already volatile climate.

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The first municipal assembly is held in Istanbul | AFP

The newly elected opposition Ekrem Imamoglu presides over his first municipal assembly since his re-election on the 23rd June. In the new assembly his party faces a majority of the presidential party, AKP. IMAGES

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Police tear gas gay pride paraders in Istanbul | AFP

Turkish police fire tear gas at gay rights groups and activists who defied authorities to march for the Istanbul pride parade, banned for the fifth year in a row. IMAGES

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Ekrem Imamoglu officially sworn in as new Istanbul mayor | AFP

Ekrem Imamoglu takes part in a handover ceremony, officially being sworn in as new mayor of Istanbul, as his supporters gather to hear him deliver a speech. IMAGES

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Turkey: Imamoglu supporters celebrate victory in controversial replay of Istanbul election | AFP

A group of supporters of opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu celebrate in the streets of Istanbul after he romped to victory in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election re-run, dealing a major blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. IMAGES

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