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 […]

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s Erdogan meets opposition as post-coup crackdown continues

Turkey’s government on Monday continued its crackdown on those suspected of supporting a failed coup last week as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made overtures to the political opposition. Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, as part of a sweeping purge that began immediately after the unsuccessful military coup of […]

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists, local media say

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 42 journalists, local media say

Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of the investigation into the failed coup aimed at toppling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, television news channels said Monday. Among those targeted by the warrants was prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, who was fired from the pro-government Sabah daily in 2013 for criticising ministers caught […]

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 […]

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France questions if Turkey a ‘viable’ partner in Islamic State group fight

France’s foreign minister said on Sunday that questions needed to be asked about whether Turkey is a viable partner in the fight against Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. “There are questions that are being asked and we will ask them. It (Turkey) is partly viable, but there are suspicions as well. Let’s be honest […]

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

‘The coup is a gift from God’: Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge – including arresting 3,000 secular judges – to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets

Turkish president Recep Erdogan has described Friday’s attempted coup as a ‘gift from God’ as it will allow him to ‘cleanse’ the army. The hard-line Islamist leader managed to cling onto power after making a dramatic appeal over FaceTime for his supporters to confront the military who attempted to seize strategic locations in Istanbul and […]

Is it safe to travel to Turkey? What happens if you are due to fly there? Updated advice from airlines

Is it safe to travel to Turkey? What happens if you are due to fly there? Updated advice from airlines

Some flights have been cancelled to and from Turkey after at least 90 people were killed in an attempted military coup. Britons are advised to “stay indoors” following a night with gunfire and explosions in Ankara and Istanbul and reports of shooting near the tourist resort of Marmaris. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he […]

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Striker Alvaro Morata scored twice to lead Spain to an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday that sent the holders into the second round of the European Championship. Morata opened the scoring in a one-sided Group D match after 34 minutes, climbing to head home Nolito’s cross from the left. Three minutes later Turkey […]

The difference between Germany and Turkey is admitting to genocide

The difference between Germany and Turkey is admitting to genocide

    AS German Green Party co-chair Cem Ozdemir put it, there is “never a favourable time to speak about something as dreadful as genocide”. True. But there can still be counterproductive times. On June 2, the German parliament officially recognised the Armenian genocide. In other circumstances, this might have been a healthy development: Germany, […]

Turkey criticises US ‘hypocrisy’ for backing Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey criticises US ‘hypocrisy’ for backing Kurdish militia in Syria

Turkey on Friday accused the United States of hypocrisy after US commandos in Syria were pictured supporting a major ground offensive led by a Kurdish militia branded a terror group by Ankara. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was “unacceptable” that US troops had been seen in images taken by an AFP photographer wearing insignia […]

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

Turkish court rules YouTube ban violates rights

ANKARA: Turkey’s top court ruled on Thursday that a blanket ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedom, clearing the way for the popular video-sharing site to come back. YouTube was banned in Turkey on March 27 after the site was used to spread audio recordings where senior government, military and intelligence officials are allegedly […]

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