Some 37,000 runners from 106 countries competed in the 41st Istanbul Marathon which started at 06:00 GMT from Istanbul's Asian side and ended in the European side of the city.
July 15 marks three years since the Turkish people defeated a coup attempt by rogue elements in the country's military. The Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) was behind the deadly move, which left at least 251 people dead.
Here are 9 things you need to know about the Bosphorus Strait which connects the continents of Europe and Asia right in the heart of Istanbul.
A Turkish court handed out aggravated life sentences to 72 former soldiers for trying to overthrow the constitutional order. Twelve of them were also handed additional sentences for the murder of civilians on Istanbul's July 15 Martyrs' bridge.
Last year's coup attempt in Turkey killed 249 and injured more than 2,000. As the anniversary approaches, TRT World brings you two stories from Istanbul's Cengelkoy neighbourhood, where residents took to the streets that night.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge – the third bridge to link Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus.
President Erdogan has stated that all the legal cases against those who insulted him will be withdrawn. The announcement is seen as a positive gesture for the unity of Turkish nation. Some 2000 court cases were filed against offenders.
TRT World spoke to a civilian who was injured and a father who lost his son during the failed coup on July 15.
A large number of people from every walk of life gathered at the Bosphorus Bridge chanting "We are at the place where it all began".
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