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.
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.
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
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
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