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Turkey Dismisses Close to 15,000 More in Post-Coup Probe

By Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA, Nov 22 – Turkey on Tuesday dismissed 15,000 more officials, from soldiers and police officers to tax inspectors and midwives, and shut 375 institutions and news outlets, deepening purges condemned by Western allies and rights groups after a failed coup. The latest dismissals, announced in two decrees, bring to more than

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Turkish Police Detain Veteran Kurdish Politician in Southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 21 – Turkish police on Monday detained a veteran Kurdish politician and a mayor in the southeastern province of Mardin, security sources said, the latest Kurds to be held as part of a wider crackdown on government opponents since a failed coup in July. Ahmet Turk, 74, who was first elected in

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Pakistan Expels Turkish Staff from Schools Said Linked with Erdogan Foe

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov 17  – Pakistan has ordered Turkish teachers at schools with alleged links to a Turkish cleric opposed to President Tayyip Erdogan to leave the country, as it prepares to host the Turkish leader on Wednesday. The teachers and their families, totalling about 450 people, were given three days

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EU Report on Turkey to Flag “Relapse” on Press Freedom – Newspaper

BERLIN, Nov 6 – A European Commission report on Turkey’s progress towards European Union membership cites problems with press freedoms and independence of the judiciary, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said on Sunday. The German newspaper said that the report, to be published on Wednesday, described “a significant relapse” in press freedom and said legal decisions over

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Turkey Orders Formal Arrest of Nine Cumhuriyet Newspaper Staff – NTV

ANKARA, Nov 5  – Turkish authorities ordered the formal arrest pending trial on Saturday of nine executives and journalists of a leading opposition newspaper who were detained on Monday, broadcaster NTV said. The detention of the editor-in-chief and senior staff of Cumhuriyet over the secularist newspaper’s alleged support for a failed coup in July was

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Turkish Prosecutors say Operation Launched Against Cumhuriyet Executives

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Oct 31  – Turkish police detained the editor and a dozen senior staff from the main secularist opposition newspaper on Monday, a day after 10,000 more civil servants were sacked over suspected links to a failed July coup. Turkey’s crackdown since rogue soldiers tried to seize power on

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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 Holds 20 Alleged Members of Coup ‘Sleeper Cell’

ISTANBUL, Oct 6 – Twenty suspects including Turkish soldiers and a deputy governor were jailed pending trial on Thursday, accused of belonging to a “sleeper cell” to be activated if a July military coup attempt had been successful, state-run Anadolu Agency said. The move followed Wednesday’s dismissal of 540 soldiers from the naval and forces

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Turkey Detains 55 Military, Intelligence Personnel over Attempted Coup

ANKARA, Oct 5 – Turkey detained 55 military and intelligence agency personnel on Wednesday over suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network, accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed coup in July, media reports said. In the latest of a stream of raids targeting those suspected of ties to the putsch, police

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U.S. Elections: The Missing Point

Both U.S. presidential candidates must address the Middle East issue OP-ED by Ghanem Nuseibeh While the U.S. presidential election campaign continues to revolve around topics focusing on the character traits of the two presidential hopefuls—Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton—there has been a glaring omission from the first debate. Both nominees failed to have any serious discussion

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