Turkish protests enter crucial stage after government promises halt to square construction

Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in decades are set to enter a pivotal stage after the government promised to suspend redevelopment of an Istanbul square that has sparked two-weeks of demonstrations.

It was not clear if hundreds of protesters camped out in a park to prevent its demolition would end their protest in response to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's promise to halt construction until court rules on plans' legality and a possible local referendum on it, or if the government will send police to clear them out. An attempt to clear out the park on May 31 sparked the demonstrations.

Representatives of protesters who met Erdogan overnight are expected to relay conclusions of the talks to protesters.

Erdogan has called his supporters for rallies in Ankara and Istanbul this weekend.