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Turkey says Suspends 12,801 Police Over Alleged Links with Cleric Gulen

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 4 – Hours after announcing a three-month extension of a state of emergency, Turkey suspended 12,801 police officers on Tuesday, saying they had suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating July’s failed coup. In a statement, Turkey’s national police headquarters said 2,523

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Turkey Detains Brother of Cleric Gulen, Issues Arrest Warrants for 115

ISTANBUL, Oct 3  – Turkish authorities have detained a brother of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric they accuse of orchestrating a coup attempt in July, and issued arrest warrants for 115 other people as part of nationwide investigations into the abortive putsch. Kudbettin Gulen was taken into custody on Sunday by Turkish counter-terrorism police in

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Cleric Gulen says Certain Erdogan Behind Failed Turkey Coup

BERLIN, Sept 29  – U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish authorities accuse of orchestrating a failed coup in July, told a German newspaper that he was sure President Tayyip Erdogan was behind the putsch. Gulen said in an interview with the weekly Die Zeit that the military coup attempt betrayed the principles of the

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Turkey May Need to Build More Courts to Try Thousands Over Coup

ANKARA, Sept 28  – Turkey may have to build new courthouses to cope with thousands of prosecutions over July’s failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday, as the number of arrests reached 32,000. Authorities have detained or sacked people from across local government, the military, the media and the judiciary, and asked the

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U.S. Network of Turkish Cleric Facing Pressure as Those at Home Seek Help

By Julia Harte and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Sept 26  – A network of more than 150 U.S. charter schools linked to followers of Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric the Turkish government blames for instigating July’s failed coup, has come under growing financial and legal strain, according to school officials, current and former members of

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Erdogan Accuses U.S. Court of ‘Ulterior Motives’ in Case Against Gold Trader

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Sept 25 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said U.S. federal attorneys took aim at him in their prosecution of a Turkish gold trader accused of helping to violate sanctions against Iran, Turkish media reported on Sunday. U.S. authorities arrested Reza Zarrab, a dual Turkish-Iranian national who has ties with high-ranking

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Turkey Labour Ministry Sacks 785 Employees Since Failed Coup

ANKARA, Sept 22 – Turkey’s labour ministry has so far sacked nearly 800 employees over links to a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July, the minister said on Thursday. Around 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary have been sacked or suspended following the July 15

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says U.S. Has ‘No Excuse’ to Keep Coup Suspect Gulen

ANKARA, Aug 24 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would tell U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Washington has “no excuse” for not handing over the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for last month’s failed coup. Erdogan, who is due to meet with Biden in Ankara later on Wednesday, said Turkey would continue to

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Turkish Police Search Istanbul Courthouses, 173 Face Detention

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Aug 15 – Turkish police raided offices at three Istanbul courthouses on Monday after detention warrants were issued for 173 judicial personnel as part of an investigation into last month’s failed coup attempt, the private Dogan news agency reported on Monday. More than 35,000 people have been detained, of whom 17,000

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Turkey Says no Compromise With Washington on Cleric’s Extradition

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Aug 13 – Turkey will not compromise with Washington over the extradition of the Islamic cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, warning of rising anti-Americanism if the United States fails to extradite. Yildirim’s comments, at a briefing for local reporters, were the

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