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Turkish PM: Istanbul suicide bombing was 'inhumane'

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Credit: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denounced the suicide bombing that killed five people and wounded 36 in Istanbul on Saturday as "inhumane".

He said Turkey would continue its struggle against "centres of terrorism".

No centre of terrorism will reach its aim with such monstrous attacks. Our struggle will continue with the same resolution and determination until terrorism ends completely.

– Davutoglu

One Iranian and two Israelis dead in Istanbul bombing

Forensic officers inspect the scene of the bombing Credit: Reuters

At least one Iranian and two Israelis are among the dead from the suicide bombing in Istanbul.

Five were killed in the attack - including the suicide bomber - and 36 were injured - including a number of Irish citizens.

The attack took place on Istiklal Street, home to upscale shops and foreign consulates.


Five-storey building among two to collapse in Istanbul

Two buildings - one of which was a five-storey - have collapsed in Istanbul close to the Turkish city's main shopping area.

At this stage there has been no report of casualties.

Local governor Vasip Sahin told CNN Turk no one is believed to have been killed or injured.

The buildings collapsed in a street near Istanbul's busy Istiklal Avenue in the central Taksim area. Credit: APTN
The area around the five-storey building was roped off as firefighter teams inspected the rubble. Credit: APTN
Clouds of brown dust was reported to have swept into the surrounding streets after the collapse. Credit: APTN

Riot police fires teargas at protesters in Istanbul

Turkish riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in central Istanbul on the anniversary of the country's biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

Riot police fire tear gas and water cannons Credit: Reuters

The police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the protests and detained dozens of demonstrators.

Plainclothes police officers detain a demonstrator in Istanbul Credit: Reuters

Authorities closed roads and stopped public transport to deny the protesters access to Taksim Square and the adjoining Gezi Park.The government plans to raze the park and build a shopping mall sparked last year's unrest.

A riot police officer fires tear gas to disperse anti-government protest Credit: Reuters

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned people to stay out of Taksim, saying security forces would not tolerate any march on the square.

Turkish police fire teargas on Istanbul protesters

Turkish police have fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the police crackdown on last month's anti-government demonstrations, local media reports.

Police blocked several hundred protesters near Istanbul's Taksim Square from marching in support of a teenage boy said to be in a coma after being hit in the head by a teargas canister during the unrest.

TV footage showed police vehicles shooting water cannons while protesters flee.

Nationwide protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan last month have largely died down across the country, but some isolated demonstrations have continued in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara.

Read more: Istanbul's governor vows to fight day and night for control of Taksim Square


Protester sits on windscreen of water cannon truck

One protester in the Turkish city if Istanbul managed to wedge himself between the windscreen and bonnet of a water cannon truck.

Protesters trying to climb onto a water cannon truck in Istanbul, Turkey Credit: Reuters

Out of the reach of the stream of pressurised water, he was able to unfurl a Turkish flag directly in front of where the drivers were sitting.

A protester waves a Turkish flag in front of the windscreen Credit: Reuters

Turkish union calls general strike after police crackdown

Turkey's trade union confederation KESK has called a general strike for Monday after a police raid on a protester camp in Istanbul's Gezi Park this evening.

Police wielding tear gas and water cannon are locked in an ongoing struggle with anti-government demonstrators for control of the park and adjoining Taksim Square.

Police fire tear gas cannisters in Istanbul's Taksim Square Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Uneasy calm hangs over Taksim Square

An uneasy calm hangs over Taksim Square - the epicentre of Turkey's protest movement - after clashes between demonstrators and riot police overnight left dozens injured.

Riot police shelter from the rain in Taksim square in central Istanbul, Turkey Credit: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Riot police and water cannon are on standby in the square in case of further disturbances and journalists on the ground say work is continuing to remove barricades.

A boy wearing a Guy Fawkes mask displays his wooden sword in Gezi Park in central Istanbul Credit: REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Protesters have constructed a makeshift camp in the adjoining Gezi Park and most appeared to be resting after last night's ordeal.

The protester camp in Gezi Park Credit: APTN
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