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Turkey’s Erdogan Declares State of Emergency After Coup Bid

By Asli Kandemir and Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, July 21 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as he widened a crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after a failed military coup. Erdogan said the state of emergency, lasting three months, would allow

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Legal Process May Keep Erdogan’s Foe in U.S. for Years

By David Ingram NEW YORK, July 20 – A U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating Turkey’s abortive coup may be able to remain in the United States for years even if Turkey asks for his extradition, lawyers with experience in extradition proceedings said. Turkey was preparing on Tuesday to make such a request for Fethullah Gulen,

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Turkey: The Night the Soldiers Came

Turkey’s military took on Erdogan—and lost. Now for the blow back By Shawn Carrié I was in a café on the Anatolian side of Istanbul with two Turkish friends when they both started frantically checking their phones as reports on Twitter started pouring in. Something was happening. Something grave. If we hadn’t had cell phones, we wouldn’t

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Turkey Rounds Up Plot Suspects After Thwarting Coup Against Erdogan

By David Dolan and Gulsen Solaker ISTANBUL/ANKARA, July 17 – Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters on Saturday and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple President Tayyip Erdogan. For several hours overnight on Friday violence shook Turkey’s two

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Talks to Repair Israeli-Turkish Ties Must Await New Government: Envoy

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, May 10 – Long-running efforts to fully restore Israeli-Turkish ties strained after an Israeli raid of a Turkish boat in 2010 must now await the formation of a new government in Ankara, Israel’s top diplomat in Turkey said. Turkey downgraded diplomatic relations and ejected Israel’s ambassador in 2011, a year

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Turkey Strikes Daesh Targets in Syria After Shelling Hits Border Town

ISTANBUL, April 12  – The Turkish army hit Daesh targets in northern Syria in response to cross-border rocket fire that hit a border town in southeastern Turkey for the second day in a row, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The military was responding to attacks on Kilis, near the Syrian border, Davutoglu said. The town

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Suicide Bombing Exposes Divisions Tearing at Turkey’s Stability

By Umit Bektas, Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 16 – “Government resign!” chanted some of the mourners at the funeral on Tuesday of four young victims of the suicide bombing in Turkey’s capital Ankara. “Our child has become a victim of ugly politics. We don’t want any politicians at our funeral,” one of the

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Should the West Worry About Turkey?

By Peter Marino Nov 2 (Reuters) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appears to have beaten down his opponents and returned his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to a fourth term of single-party rule over the country. In doing so, he has cemented his own already-firm control over the country, and is a large step

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