Turkey orders dozens of pilots detained in coup investigation
Oct27

Turkey orders dozens of pilots detained in coup investigation

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of 73 air force pilots, the latest in a stream of police operations related to the investigation of July’s attempted coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said today. The operation targeting supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the putsch, focused on an air base in the central Turkish province of Konya and spread across 17 provinces, it said....

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Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup
Oct22

Angry Venezuela opposition vows rallies, alleges coup

A furious Venezuelan opposition vowed mass street protests next week, accusing the Socialist government Friday of staging a coup by blocking efforts for a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. With Maduro vowing to hold onto power, his opponents cranked up the heat in a stand-off that is destabilizing the volatile, oil-rich South American state, stricken by food shortages and violent crime. The opposition MUD...

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Turkey’s security council recommends extending emergency
Sep29

Turkey’s security council recommends extending emergency

Turkey’s top security body advised Wednesday extending the country’s ongoing state of emergency, according to initial reports from a meeting in the Turkish capital.  The National Security Council, which convened Wednesday in Ankara under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a number of statements on the July 15 coup attempt, Turkey’s Syria policy and counter-terrorism. During the almost six-hour...

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Erdogan defends extensive post-coup measures
Sep02

Erdogan defends extensive post-coup measures

Turkey’s president defended the sweeping crackdown that saw the detention of thousands of judges and prosecutors following July’s failed coup, asserting Thursday that it would boost the judiciary. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the presidential complex in Ankara to an audience of judges and prosecutors for the opening of the judicial year, said that the detention of 3,495 judges and prosecutors so far “would not weaken the...

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Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot
Aug27

Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said. An Ankara court remanded Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is accused of masterminding the coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Balik is a...

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