Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

Two senior Turkish military officers were jailed for life on Thursday for involvement in July’s failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first conviction related to the putsch, news agencies said. The court found that a colonel and a major had been assigned duties as provincial commanders after the intended overthrow of […]

Greek court approves extradition of three Turkish soldiers over failed coup

Greek court approves extradition of three Turkish soldiers over failed coup

A Greek court decided on Tuesday to extradite three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in July, one of their lawyers said. The three pilots were among a group of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to northern Greece in a helicopter and sought political asylum, saying they […]

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela opposition accuse Maduro of ‘coup’ after referendum quashed

Venezuela is bracing for turbulence after the socialist government blocked a presidential recall referendum in a move opposition leaders are calling a coup. The opposition is urging supporters to take to the streets, beginning with a march on a major highway Saturday led by the wives of jailed activists, while a leading government figure is […]

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July’s failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards. Demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, in exile since 1999, and Turkish perceptions of an […]

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

Turkey will grant early release to some 38,000 prisoners who committed crimes before July 1, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday, amid reports of prison overcrowding after the failed coup. Bozdag said in a series of messages on Twitter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the convicts were not being pardoned but released […]

Turkey to shut down air base, barracks of putschists after coup

Turkey to shut down air base, barracks of putschists after coup

Turkish authorities want the country’s army and national intelligence agency to be brought under the control of the presidency, and have ordered the closure of an air base and all the army barracks used by soldiers during the attempted coup. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to bring the armed forces and intelligence unit under his […]

Turkey shuts down scores of media outlets after failed coup

Turkey shuts down scores of media outlets after failed coup

Turkey has ordered the closure of scores of media outlets and discharged 149 generals as part of a deepening crackdown that followed the failed coup earlier this month, official sources said Wednesday. According to a government decree published in Turkey’s official gazette, the closure involves three news agencies, 16 television stations, 23 radio stations, 45 […]

Thousands take part in Turkey ‘unity’ rally condemning attempted coup

Thousands take part in Turkey ‘unity’ rally condemning attempted coup

Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul’s Taksim square was transformed into a red sea of national flags as Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-conservatives and the opposition secular camps briefly set aside their differences in […]