Citing terror threat, Australia urges citizens to avoid Istanbul, Ankara

The Australian government issued an urgent warning to its citizens on Thursday, urging them to defer travel to major Turkish cities, especially Istanbul and Ankara, and "reconsider your need for travel", indicating the country's second-highest danger level. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who announced the warning, said "Terrorist groups continue to threaten further attacks, including targeting tourists and westerners."

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