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Special to The Los Angeles TimesTHE BEST WAY TO ISTANBUL From LAX, Lufthansa, Air France, British and Delta offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $644. TELEPHONE NUMBERS To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international...
A Mind at Peace A Novel Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, translated from the Turkish by Erdag Goknar Archipelago: 448 pp., $25 Istanbul's inhabitants have called it "the city of two continents," part of it lying in Europe and part in Asia, with the waters of the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Turkish government is coming under enormous domestic pressure to crush Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, but even as rebel positions are shelled and tens of thousands of troops moved to the border, leaders are reluctant to invade, fearing international...
Tags: Government, Armed Forces, Children, Television, George W. Bush
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2005 The Los Angeles Times today announced three masthead-level appointments forming the core of the newspaper's leadership team: Doug Frantz, investigative reporter based in Istanbul, and Leo Wolinsky, deputy managing editor, have...
Barbara Smit: "Sneaker Wars" (Harper Perennial) Two great sneaker companies, Adidas and Puma, were created by two brothers who began as partners and later turned into fierce rivals. Who knew? Smit limns out the story of Adi and Rudi Dassler, who...
Times Staff WriterThe world's most wondrous wonder is actually the computer. Millions of people from across the globe joined in what was essentially a huge publicity stunt, voting via the Internet to choose a new list of the Seven Wonders of the World, announced Saturday....
Tags: Ben Kingsley, Arts and Culture, India, Gaming, Chile
Times Movie CriticNear the beginning of Fatih Akin’s captivating “The Edge of Heaven,” a lonely widower (Tuncel Kurtiz) trolls Bremen, Germany's red-light district before settling on a middle-aged prostitute called Jessie (Nursel Köse). Kurtiz's Ali is...
Special to The TimesSPICE-INFUSED and presented with several sauces, the iskender kebabat Sako's Mediterranean Cuisine, a Turkish restaurant in Reseda, sent me straight back to Istanbul's vibrant Beyoglu district, where the aroma of meat-scented smoke wafts through ancient...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Tomatoes, Salads, Appetizers, Restaurants
Special to The TimesThe Turkish government cautioned Thursday that it alone would decide whether to launch a major assault into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels, striking a defiant note as a high-ranking Iraqi delegation arrived in Ankara and U.S. ambassador to Iraq...
Tags: Death, Iraq, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Abdullah Gul
The Byzantine Empire fell in 1453. But you wouldn't know it in Russia, where Vladimir V. Putin has been behaving as though the 15th century never ended, as though he is the direct descendant of the Byzantine kings and Moscow remains the "Third Rome" it...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe book cost $2 million at auction, but large sections are unreadable. Some of its 348 pages are torn or missing and others are covered with sprawling purple patches of mildew. Sooty edges and water stains indicate a close escape from a fire. "This...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIT'S A quiet Sunday morning in this city of cacophonous ambition. Construction has yet to hit a deafening pitch, and traffic is still moving. But, as the temperature rises, all sorts of art activity bubbles up in the historic Bastakiya district, a low-...
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