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4 Things You Must Know Before Going to Istanbul

Gail Nakada | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The city is a full-on, fantastic cultural assault that may bewilder but never, ever disappoint travelers. Make Istanbul travel-drama free with these important tips.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Time for a Council of Europe in the Middle East and North Africa

Sasha Toperich | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Sasha Toperich

If some version of the Council of Europe were established in the Middle East and North Africa, it may serve as a good platform to address and resolve the leading obstacles to closer integration.

Burning Barricades, A Tiananmen Vigil And D-Day On Normandy's Beaches: Week In Photos

Posted 06.07.2014 | World

Nothing quite compares to the power of a photograph to communicate the goings on in the world. Ranging from the serious to the silly, these photos off...

Keys To Peace: Davide Martello Gives To The Road

Mike Dunphy | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Mike Dunphy

In one small village in Germany, when the police arrived to shut down his performance, the people held hands in a circle around the piano to stop them. Later in Stockholm, a couple got engaged in front of him.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
minube

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.

Violent Clashes Between Riot Police And Protesters Mark May Day In Istanbul

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

* Central Istanbul square under security lockdown * Protesters throw fireworks and fire bombs on fringes * Police use te...

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Hookahs and Hamams in Istanbul

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The people you meet here tend to treat you like a special celebrity guest. Especially in cities, the rush of daily life feels like Paris or New York. I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers.

Where to Stay in Istanbul

Budget Travel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Istanbul -- the only city in the world that straddles two continents -- just took the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards. If you're thinking of going, we've got some stylish steals for you.

The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Erdogan's opponents and many international critics maintain that Erdogans' response to the Gezi protests was unnecessarily heavy-handed, smacked of abuse of power and his discourse was divisive and unbecoming of a statesman.

Go Here, Not There: 10 Alternative Destinations

Cheapflights | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

The world is filled with must-see destinations we are told we need to tick off our ever-growing bucket lists. Behind these well-traveled hotspots are smaller, lesser-known attractions that are definitely worth your time.

First Time Istanbul

Jetsetter.com | Posted 05.31.2014 | Travel
Jetsetter.com

Istanbul first-timers need comfy shoes, hearty appetites, history lessons and laser-sharp haggling skills.

What Israeli Airport Security Can Teach the World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

If more airport authorities were to adopt Ben Gurion's approach, surely it would be more difficult for those intending to do harm to succeed. There is a lot to be said for emphasizing eye contact, behavioral cues, and instinct when addressing the subject of airport security.

The Side Streets of Istanbul: Snapshots from "Spring" Break

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

The kindness and hospitality of the people I met today in the poorer part of the city are imprinted on my mind. I value their handshakes more than anything that I've purchased here, even my new Ataturk poster.

The Best Spring Vacation Deals

U.S. News Travel | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

These eight destinations may not be the typical spring break hot spots (no Florida beaches or Caribbean retreats), but they'll pull you out of your winter hibernation with their diverse attractions, mild temperatures and budget-friendly itineraries.

A Black Sea Cruise Picks Up Where the Olympics Leave Off

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

You can keep your inland towns that rise up over farms or crouch beside a busy river. Give me a city that turns its face to the sea. I like looking o...

Government Control of the Internet -- A View From Istanbul's Streets Echo Concerns on U.S. Streets

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.

The Power of Disruptive Innovation

Rina Onur | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Rina Onur

Even if we fail in games," we said, "You'll have learned skills that will enable you to succeed in something else."

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Turkey

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

This week's Moment of Travel Zen comes to us from Arzu Çakar. Of her photo of Bodrum, Turkey, she says: "Bodrum is a beautiful seaside villag...

What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

Janis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Janis Powers

During the taxi ride back to my hotel, I realize that my lunch was not lamb or chicken or almond soup. I was served a big fat plate of sexual discrimination.

Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.

Hagia Sophia Mosque Conversion Plans Alarm Many

Religion News Service | Jacob Resneck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL (RNS) In this ancient city, there are few sights more iconic than the dome of the Hagia Sophia, towering over the old city for more than 1,40...

The Unceasing Mission for Religious Equality in Turkey

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The historic city of Berlin will host an historic international conference on religious freedom this week.