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No More “Heroes” as Turkish Coup Suspects Get Court Uniforms

ANKARA, Aug 6 – Terrorist or coup suspects in Turkish courts will be made to wear special uniforms when they appear in court, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday after a defendant showed up for trial last month with a T-shirt that said “Hero” on it. Erdogan, who said last month that suspects in the

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Turkey’s Erdogan Ends Tour With No SIgn of Qatar Progress

DOHA, July 25 – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel ties with

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Erdogan Gambling With Centuries-Old Ties to Germany

By Paul Carrel BERLIN, July 24 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk vital and long-established relations with Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Monday. Relations, already strained over Erdogan’s security crackdown since a coup attempt against him a year ago, have deteriorated further over the arrest in

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Turkey Rolls Out New School Curriculum – Without Darwin

By Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toksabay ANKARA, July 18 – Turkey announced a new school curriculum on Tuesday that excluded Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic’s secular foundations. The chairman of a teachers’ union described the changes as a huge step in the wrong direction for

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Turkish Phone Users Get Surprised by President Erdogan

Mobile phone users in Turkey were surprised to hear a voice message by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, July 15, which marks a year since the failed July 15 coup. After dialling a number, instead of hearing a dial tone, users heard a voice message from Erdogan congratulating them on the national holiday of

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Turkish Police Detain Producer of Erdogan Film Over Gulen Links

ISTANBUL, July 13 – Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year’s attempted coup, state media said. His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Lifting Emergency Rule Currently Out of Question

ANKARA, July 12 – Earlier on Wednesday Turkish authorities detained 14 army officers and issued warrants for the detention of 51 people, including 34 former employees of state broadcaster TRT, for suspected links to the coup, local media reported. “There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening,” Erdogan said in a

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Turkey to Strip Citizenship of 130 ‘Fugitives’ Including Cleric Gulen

ANKARA, June 5 – Turkey said on Monday it would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links, including the U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last July’s failed coup, unless they return to the country within three months. In a list of what it called fugitives from justice, the interior ministry named Muslim

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Turkey Orders Arrest of 85 Ministry Staff in Post-Coup Probe

ISTANBUL, May 16 – Turkey ordered the arrest of 85 energy and education ministry staff in an investigation targeting the network of a U.S.-based cleric whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating last July’s attempted coup, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday. Some 50,000 people have been formally arrested in court cases targeting supporters of cleric Fethullah

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Wikipedia appeals to Turkish constitutional court over website’s blocking

NKARA, May 9 – Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a

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