Update: At least 28 killed after explosions hit Istanbul airport

Turkish officials said the attackers blew themselves up after shooting dozens of people at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul. At least 28 are dead.
Jun 28, 2016
A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

Istanbul native finds her city transformed by Syrian refugees

When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.
Nov 4, 2015
Was your bar tab closer to $400 or $40? (photo via Flickr user epsos)

I got scammed abroad so you don’t have to

Five tourist scams to remember next time you travel
Jun 30, 2014
A rainy day in Istanbul (Photo by Thomas Leuthard)

Stormy skies over Turkey as corruption scandal spreads

Can Turkey weather political scandal? Forecast gloomy.
Jan 30, 2014
A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

Starbucks lends a hand (and a toilet) to Turkish protesters

Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul’s Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors.
Jun 13, 2013
Protesters attempt to stop a police truck from passing in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

The view from Gezi Park

Seattleite Christan Leonard is in Istanbul documenting a protest movement that is turning out to be about a lot more than saving a park.  
Jun 12, 2013
Gencer Gokeri, the owner of Fremont's Istanbul Imports, sits on a stack of handmade, tribal rugs that he brought over from Turkey. (Photo by Allison Int-Hout)

Seattle import stores face fierce competition from China and online retailers

With import stores across the country struggling with changing regulations and growing transportation costs, it’s easy to guess why Istanbul Imports in downtown Fremont might have a huge “STORE CLOSING” sign hanging above the door. But the savvy import shopper might be surprised to find out that, unlike what the signs outside suggest, the owners […]
Jul 26, 2012