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A failed coup is pushing Turkish President Erdogan back into Putin’s arms By Owen Matthews Did Vladimir Putin’s spies save Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s life in the recent attempted coup? The theory first surfaced when Iran’s official Fars News Agency claimed that Russian security services tipped off their Turkish counterparts after picking up “highly sensitive army

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Turkey’s Erdogan Vows to Cut Off Revenues of Gulen-Linked Businesses

By Daren Butler and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Aug 4 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday to cut off the revenues of businesses linked to the U.S.-based Turkish cleric he blames for masterminding a failed coup, describing his schools, companies and charities as “nests of terrorism”. Business was the arena in which the

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Turkey Dismisses Military, Shuts Media Outlets as Crackdown Deepens

By Tulay Karadeniz, Gulsen Solaker and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, July 27 – Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies. So far, tens of

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Turkey Issues Detention Warrants for 47 Journalists: Media

ISTANBUL, July 27  – Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 47 journalists on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN Turk said, the latest step in a widening crackdown following a failed military coup. Police were set to detain the journalists as part of an investigation into U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding

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Turkey Ruling, Opposition Parties to Rally Together After Coup

By Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, July 24 – Supporters of Turkey’s ruling and main opposition parties, usually bitter foes, were set to rally together on Sunday in support of democracy following a failed military coup as President Tayyip Erdogan tightens his grip on the country. In another demonstration of unity after the coup, which was staged

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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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Merkel Tells Erdogan Death Penalty Not Compatible With EU Membership

By Michael Nienaber and Andrea Shalal BERLIN, July 18 – Turkey cannot join the European Union if it reinstates the death penalty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone call on Monday, a German spokeswoman said. Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004, allowing it to open EU accession talks the

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Turkish Police Detain Nearly 100 People Over Links to Cleric Gulen

ISTANBUL, April 18 – Turkish police detained nearly 100 people in an investigation of their alleged financial links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, a foe of President Tayyip Erdogan, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday. It said the police operation, focused on Istanbul, was launched across nine provinces and 88 people have so far

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