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Turkey’s Academic Future: A Degree of Uncertainty

Turkey’s higher education makeover drives students’ academic future into uncertainty BY Lorena Rios On July 23, Mira, a 21-year-old international student at Gediz University, was on her way to the pristine beaches of Cesme on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Instead of enjoying her stroll with friends, Mira found her university campus and dormitory had been cordoned off

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Turkey Removes Two Dozen Mayors Over Alleged Kurdish Militant Links

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 – Turkey has removed local mayors deemed to support Kurdish militants and appointed new administrators in two dozen municipalities mostly in the largely Kurdish southeast, a provincial governor’s office said on Sunday. The 24 municipalities were run by local associates of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the third largest

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Turkey Lashes Out at Germany Over Allegations it Has Become Islamist “Hub”

ANKARA, Aug 17 – Turkey lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, saying that allegations that Turkey had become a central hub for Islamist groups reflected a “twisted mentality” that has been trying to target President Tayyip Erdogan. German broadcaster ARD this week published part of a confidential German government report, which it said marked the

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Politicians Concerned Over Ankara’s Influence on Turks in Germany

BERLIN, Aug 7 – German politicians voiced concern on Sunday about the growing influence of Ankara on people with Turkish roots living in Germany. Germany has seen violence in the past between nationalist Turks and militant Kurds and officials fret that tensions in Turkish society following last month’s attempted coup could spill over onto its

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Turkey’s Erdogan Orders Closure of More Schools, Extends Detention Period

ISTANBUL, July 23 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan declared the state of emergency late on Wednesday saying it would enable

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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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Erdogan’s Next Move: The Clampdown is On

BY Bessma Momani  When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, it was soon heralded as the potential ‘Turkish model’ for the wider Middle East to emulate and follow. Who wouldn’t admire the great success of the AKP in turning the once coup-ridden and economically stagnant country into a regional

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Putsched Out

Turkey’s coup holds lessons for the region By Shadi Hamid On a Friday night, just a day after a horrific attack in Nice, France, that had taken the lives of more than 80, rumors of a military coup in Turkey began to spread. It was a reminder that even the most unlikely things can happen in a

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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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