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Istanbul Bans Planned Anti-IS 'Peace March'

The Istanbul authorities on Saturday banned a planned anti-jihadist "peace march" scheduled to take place in the Turkish metropolis this weekend, citing security and traffic congestion.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has hoped to rally thousands on Sunday for the protest to condemn violence by Islamic State (IS) jihadists following a suicide bombing on Monday that killed 32.

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Turkey Detains over 250 Suspected Militants

Turkey on Friday detained 251 people in coordinated nationwide dawn raids against suspected Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Kurdish militants following a wave of deadly violence in the country, the prime minister's office said.

"A total of 251 people were taken into detention for belonging to terrorist groups," the statement said, adding that the raids took place in 13 provinces across Turkey.

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Shocked Turkey Steps up Security after Deadly Border Attack

Turkey on Tuesday stepped up security on the border with Syria after a suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State extremists killed 31 people and raised fears of a spillover of the Syrian conflict onto its territory.

Monday's attack in a town on the border with Syria was one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years and the first time the government has directly accused the IS group of carrying out an act of terror on Turkish soil.

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Top Court Approves Istanbul Development that Sparked Protests

Turkey's top administrative court has removed its block on the controversial redevelopment of an Istanbul park that in 2013 sparked the most serious anti-government protests in years, a pressure group said Thursday.

Istanbul authorities had planned to rebuild an Ottoman-era barracks on the site of Gezi Park, one of the few green spaces in the city center, at the fringes of Taksim Square.

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Turkey Arrests 21 Suspected IS Members in Major Operation

Turkey on Friday detained 21 suspected members of the Islamic State group, including three foreigners, in a major operation in several cities including Istanbul, state media said.

Police detained the suspects in pre-dawn raids in several addresses in Istanbul, as well as Sanliurfa province near the Syrian border, southern Mersin province and Kocaeli province east of Istanbul.

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Riot Police Use Teargas, Water Cannon to Stop Istanbul Gay Pride March

Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and fired rubber pellets to disperse thousands of participants in the city's Gay Pride march after some began chanting slogans against the president, an AFP reporter said.

The scene turned violent when participants -- many brandishing rainbow flags -- denounced "the fascism" of the conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkey Police Seal Off Taksim Square on Anniversary of Unrest

Turkish police on Sunday tightened security around Istanbul's Taksim square, on the second anniversary of the mass anti-government protests that rocked the square in 2013.

Police blocked major roads leading to the square and the adjoining Gezi Park, and public transport links in the area were suspended, an AFP photographer said.

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Floating Currency: Istanbul Airport Scattered with Cash

Cash belonging to Turkey's Central Bank littered the ground of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after bags of money split open while in transit for Zurich, local media said Friday.

Dozens of stray 10 Turkish Lira bills ($4, 3.4 euros) blew around the apron late Thursday after two sacks from a total 170 note-stuffed bags fell from the cargo hold of a Turkish Airlines plane in transit for Zurich, private Dogan news agency reported.

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Razing of Armenian Orphanage in Istanbul Halted amid Outcry

The controversial demolition of a former Armenian orphanage in Istanbul has been halted after a public outcry and protests from activists, reports said Thursday.

Bulldozers on Wednesday started to raze Kamp Armen, a former summer camp in Istanbul's Tuzla district, in order to build a luxury apartment complex.

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Police Fire Tear Gas to Disperse Turkey May Day Protesters

Turkish police on Friday used water cannon and tear gas to disperse May Day protesters in Istanbul as tens of thousands of labor activists turned out worldwide to defend their rights at a time of austerity.

Turkish police had blocked all vehicle access and cut public transport to prevent protests on Taksim Square in the center of Istanbul, the traditional focus for protests in the country's largest city.

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