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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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Three Years On, Resentment Simmers Again on Istanbul Streets

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, June 21 – For residents of Cihangir, a trendy neighbourhood of cafes and bars in central Istanbul, it almost felt like a return to the summer of 2013, when protesters played cat-and-mouse with riot police amid clouds of tear gas night after night. Two demonstrations ended with police intervention over the

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Divisive Turkish Plan to Strip MPs’ Immunity Could Go to Referendum

ANKARA, May 18 – Turkey’s ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. In a secret ballot late on Tuesday, 348 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament backed the

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Turkish Police Seal Off Hotel to Halt Dissident Opposition Congress

By Gulsen Solaker and Mert Ozkan ANKARA, May 15 – Police sealed off a hotel in Ankara on Sunday, preventing dissidents in Turkey’s nationalist opposition from holding a party congress that could jeopardize President Tayyip Erdogan’s plans for more power. Several hundred members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have launched a bid to oust

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Dissent Stifled, Not Crushed, in Turkish Ruling Party as PM Exits

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, May 9 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may have stamped his authority on the ruling AK Party with the exit of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, but the move has pushed dissent underground rather than cementing unity in its ranks. Davutoglu’s announcement that he will not run again for

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Bad Loans and Bankruptcies Sound the Alarm for Turkey’s Economy

By Asli Kandemir ISTANBUL, May 4 – After years of growth fuelled by credit and domestic consumption, bad debts and bankruptcies are rising in Turkey, squeezing banks and exposing a fragile real economy which risks denting support for the ruling AK Party. In its first decade in power, the AKP, founded by President Tayyip Erdogan,

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Turkish PM Says No Bargaining On New Constitution

ISTANBUL, March 6  – There will be no bargaining over a new constitution for Turkey and the ruling AK Party will seek the 330 votes it needs in parliament to put the matter to a referendum, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Sunday. In an interview with broadcaster A Haber, Davutoglu said

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Nearly 2,000 Legal Cases Opened For Insulting Turkey’s Erdogan

ANKARA, March 3 – Turkish prosecutors have opened nearly 2,000 cases against people for insulting Tayyip Erdogan since he became Turkey’s president 18 months ago, the justice minister said on Wednesday. Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in jail, but the law has previously been invoked only rarely.

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