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Erdogan Blasts West as Turkey’s Kurdish Party Boycotts Parliament

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, Nov 6 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe on Sunday of abetting terrorism by supporting Kurdish militants and said he did not care if it called him a dictator. Turkey drew international condemnation for the arrest on Friday of leaders and lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic

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Turkey Condemned Over Kurdish Lawmaker Arrests, as Car Bomb Kills Nine

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 4 – Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish opposition party in a terrorism probe on Friday, drawing European and U.N. condemnation of a widening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan. Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were jailed pending trial after

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Germany Has Become ‘Haven for Terrorists’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Germany had become a haven for terrorists and would be “judged by history”, accusing it of failing to root out supporters of a U.S.-based cleric Ankara blames for July’s failed military coup. Erdogan said Germany had long harbored militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged

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German Court Weighs Arguments to Ban Poem Mocking Erdogan

By Jan Schwartz HAMBURG, Germany, Nov 2 – A German court weighed up the limits of artistic freedom on Wednesday in considering whether to ban a satirical poem that mocked Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and caused a diplomatic spat between Ankara and Berlin. The Hamburg court had issued a preliminary injunction in May banning re-publication

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Turkey Sacks 10,000 More Civil Servants, Shuts More Media in Post-Coup Crackdown

ISTANBUL, Oct 30  – Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July. Thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed through a new emergency rule decree published on the Official Gazette late

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Turkey Replaces Most Province Police Chiefs, Shake-Up Continues

ANKARA, Oct 26 – Turkish authorities have replaced three quarters of provincial police heads, the Official Gazette showed on Wednesday, part of a sweeping crackdown that began in July after a failed coup. Since the coup attempt, Turkey has arrested 35,000 people and sacked or suspended more than 100,000 others in the civil service, judiciary,

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Turkey’s Post-Coup Emergency Rule Led to Torture, Abuse – Rights Group

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Oct 25 – Turkey has effectively written a “blank cheque” to security services to torture people detained after a failed military coup attempt, a U.S.-based rights group said on Tuesday, citing accusations of beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual abuse. A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said a “climate of fear”

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Turkey Heads Towards Vote on Stronger Presidency, with Nationalist Nod

By Ercan Gurses and Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, Oct 18 – Turkey’s ruling AK Party will soon bring to parliament its plans to expand the powers of the presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, paving the way for a referendum which the nationalist opposition said it would not oppose. President Tayyip Erdogan has long

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