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Turkey dismisses over 2,700 in post-coup purges

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 2,756 people were removed from different bodies including the interior, foreign and defense ministries

Almost 500 go on trial in Turkey's biggest coup case

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The suspects are accused of running the coup bid from the Akinci air base northwest of the capital which the authorities regard as the headquarters of the plotters

FACING TRIAL. Defendants Kemal Batmaz (first row, C) and Akin Ozturk (second row, C) and other defendants are accompanied by gendarmerie as they arrive for their trial at Sincan Penal Institution at the 4th Heavy Penal Court near Ankara on August 1, 2017.  Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey marks failed coup that changed country

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup supporters while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen his grip on power tightened rather than weakened

HANDS UP. In this file photo, a man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. File photo by Gurcan/AFP

Turkey coup suspects trial begins in Istanbul

Dec 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

The trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to be the most far reaching legal process in Turkish history

Turkish special force soldiers stand guard at the courthouse on December 27, 2016 at Silivri district in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey fires 15,000, shuts 375 NGOs in latest coup purge

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:39 AM

More than 100 000 people have already been suspended or sacked so far in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup plotters while dozens of media outlets have been shut down

PURGE CONTINUES. In this file photo, people walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The prime political concern of Erdogan following the failure of the coup has been winning support to change the existing constitution to create a presidential system

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara on November 3, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

With coup defeated, Erdogan eyes vote on revamped powers

Oct 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The plan to create a presidential system means Turkey is likely to be heading to a referendum in the first half of next year analysts say

MORE POWERS SOON? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during the draw ceremony for judges and public prosecutors at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara, on October 12, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey suspends 12,800 police, shuts TV channel

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Of the 12 801 suspended from duty as part of the investigation into the coup attempt 2 523 were police chiefs the police authorities say in a statement

Turkey police detain Gulen's brother in coup probe

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:20 AM

Kutbettin Gulen is accused of membership of an armed terror group says the state run Anadolu news agency

Turkey set to extend state of emergency, 32,000 jailed

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:39 AM

The state of emergency has provided the legal framework for the biggest crackdown in Turkey s modern history but also raised alarm among its partners in the European Union and United States

Turkish police arrest a teacher wearing a T-shirt reading 'Don't touch my teacher!' in Diyarbakir on September 24, 2016, during a protest against the suspension of teachers for suspected links with militants. Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Back to school in Turkey after post-coup teacher purge

Sep 20, 2016 - 9:07 AM

Students arriving at school were handed pamphlets from the education ministry commemorating the triumph of democracy on July 15 and in memory of the martyrs

School children leave their class two-by-two during their first day back at school on September 19, 2016 in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey removes 8,000 security personnel in latest purge

Sep 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Turkey has embarked on an all-out purge of state bodies in the wake of the coup to rid the country of what Erdogan calls the 'virus' of Fethullah Gulen's influence

POST-COUP. An armed man watches over secular supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shouting slogans and holding Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2016. File photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Biden s one day trip to Ankara is largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey s impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C-R) pose with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) just before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Mass unity rally against Turkey coup plotters

Aug 08, 2016 - 1:10 AM

UPDATED Erdogan says the movement run by US based preacher Fethullah Gulen – blamed by Ankara for the July 15 coup attempt – will pay a price for what they have done

epa05461298 People wave Turkish flags during a rally to protest at the failed coup attempt of 15th July 2016 and mourn the 240 people killed including civilians, policemen, and soldiers, in Istanbul, Turkey 07 August 2016. Thousands of people attend a democracy rally in Istanbul to protest the 15th July coup attempt. The president, Prime Minister, main opposition head and the leader of the country?s foremost nationalist party joined the rally. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Turkey issues warrant for preacher Gulen over coup

Aug 05, 2016 - 8:15 AM

US based preacher Fethullah Gulen strongly denies any involvement and the movement he leads insists it is a charitable network promoting tolerant Islam

ARREST WARRANT. This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan presses US to extradite preacher

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the United States to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen saying waiting to get the alleged coup plotter was intolerable

This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey admits some crackdown dismissals may be 'unfair'

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Turkey admits there may have been some unfair treatment in its post coup crackdown as it voices anger at Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne

BACKING ERDOGAN. Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. The placard reads: 'Erdogan is a hero of democracy.' Henning Kaiser/DPA/AFP

Tensions as tens of thousands rally for Erdogan in Germany

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Germany is home to 3 million ethnic Turks – the biggest Turkish diaspora in the world – and a huge crowd turned up to show support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

epa05449951 Supporters and protestors wave Turkish flags during a pro-Erdogan rally in Cologne, Germany, 31 July 2016. Extra police have been deployed to Cologne where tens of thousands of protestors are expected to participate in the pro-Erdogen rally, in support of the Turkish President. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Turkey dismisses nearly 1,400 troops as Erdogan tightens grip

Jul 31, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s aide de camp Ali Yazici is among those dismissed

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 12, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) with aide-de-camp Ali Yazici (L) reviewing an honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential complex in Ankara. A military aide of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was taken into custody on Sunday after the July 15 attempted coup, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Ali Yazici is accused of involvement in the coup plot and was in Ankara during the putsch, CNN-Turk said. He had only begun working for the president in August last year, according to Anadolu.  / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey detains 3 top businessmen in probe after coup

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The detentions are part of an investigation into the financing of the activities of US based preacher Fethullah Gulen in Turkey

POST-COUP. An armed man watches over secular supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shouting slogans and holding Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2016. Photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Turkey reshuffles military after half of generals fired

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Separately a total of 131 newspapers TV channels and other media outlets are being shut down under the 3 month state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup

People walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul, following the failed military coup attempt of July 15. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey PM warns post-coup crackdown not over

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:01 PM

UPDATED Energy Minister Berat Albayrak suggests parts of the military had wanted to act against the government as they knew they were about to be purged

FAILED COUP. People shout slogans and hold Turkish national flags during a demonstration, against the failed Army coup attempt, at Taksim Sqaure, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. EPA/MARIUS BECKER

Turkey gov't to work with opposition on new constitution – PM

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Work would then begin on a brand new constitution an issue that has been one of the most controversial issues in Turkish politics over the last few months

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) delivering a speech during a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 22, 2016, flanked by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Yasim Bulbul/Turkish Presidential Press Office/AFP

Turkish 'unity' rally condemns coup amid torture claims

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Human rights group Amnesty International in London claims it has credible evidence of the beating and torture of post coup detainees

IN THE SHADOW OF ATATURK. Demonstrators rise their hands and hold a picture of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, as they gather at Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 24, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turks mass to condemn coup amid torture claims

Jul 24, 2016 - 6:23 PM

3rd UPDATE Amnesty International in London claims there is credible evidence that Turkish authorities are maltreating some detainees

epa05439197 Supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shout slogans and hold Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 July 2016. Turkish parliament on 21 July formally approved a three-month state of emergency declared by Turkish President Erdogan. The 15 June's failed coup attempt's aftermath was followed by the dismissal of 50,000 workers and the arrest of 8,000 people. At least 290 people were killed and almost 1,500 injured amid violent clashes on 15 July as certain military factions attempted to stage a coup d'etat. The UN and various governments and organizations have urged Turkey to uphold the rule of law and to defend human rights. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Using new emergency powers President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s cabinet decree that police could now hold suspects for 1 month without charge

AFTERMATH. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) on July 20, has declared a 3-month state of emergency, causing the dismissal of 50,000 workers and the arrest of 8,000 people after the July 15 failed coup attempt. Handout photo from Turkish Presidential Press Office/EPA

Turkey EU minister says 'not end of road' for membership bid

Jul 23, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Turkey s EU Minister Omer Celik laments that no EU leaders had come to Turkey in the wake of the coup to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Turkish leadership

'BRAND NEW MOMENTUM'. Turkey's EU Minister Omer Celik insists that a key deal to limit the flow of refugees and migrants to Europe is proceeding 'without a hitch' despite the coup. File photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

EU expresses 'concern' over Turkey state of emergency

Jul 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

We call on Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law human rights and fundamental freedoms including the right of all individuals concerned to a fair trial

STATE OF EMERGENCY. Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags and holding a poster depicting him that reads 'Star of Democracy' as they shout slogans during a demonstration against the July 15 failed coup attempt, at Fatih, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. File photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Turkey suspends rights convention under emergency powers

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The extra powers to restrict freedom of movement and other rights are needed to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organisation involved in the coup attempt Erdogan says

TURKISH SWAT. Members of a Turkish SWAT team on duty at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

3-month state of emergency declared in Turkey

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:41 AM

The state of emergency is needed in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey targets media and schools in escalating post-coup purge

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The government suspends 15 200 state education employees demands resignation of almost 1 600 deans and cancels licenses of radio and TV stations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen

A man waves a Turkish flags during a meeting in support of the Turkish president on Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

'Nonsensical' to claim Erdogan orchestrated coup – presidency

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:39 PM

Turkey accuses Erdogan s archfoe Fethullah Gulen of setting up the coup from exile in the United States but the Islamic cleric retorts the president himself may have staged it

ERDOGAN. A handout picture provided by Turkish President Press office on July 19, 2016 shows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during his rally in Istanbul, Turkey, midnight July 18, 2016. Photo by Turkish Presidential Press Office/EPA

Turkey presses post-coup purge

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Turkey has so far detained over 7 500 people and sacked almost 9 000 officials in its relentless purge of suspected plotters

BACKING ERDOGAN. A Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15. Aris Messinis/AFP

Erdogan foe Gulen dismisses Turkey extradition bid

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Fethullah Gulen the spiritual leader of the Hizmet movement – dubbed a terrorist group by Erdogan – firmly denies Ankara s charge he was behind the coup bid

This handout file picture released on September 24, 2013 by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily/AFP

Turkey army helped save Erdogan but risks losing clout

Jul 18, 2016 - 8:33 PM

Friday s events will like give Erdogan the chance to again clip the wings of the armed forces

TURKEY COUP ATTEMPT. Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

US-based cleric denies involvement in Turkey coup bid

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants reclusive Muslim cleric Gulen extradited to Turkey

epa05427730 (FILE) A handout file picture made available on 27 December 2013 by fgulen.com shows Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic opinion leader and founder of the Gulen movement. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allegedly accused Gulen to be behind the attempted coup while making an address to his supporters upon his arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport in the early hours of 16 July 2016. According to news reports Erdogan denounced the thwarted coup as an 'act of treason' and affirmed his government remains in charge. EPA/FGULEN.COM / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Turkey rounds up 6,000 suspects after failed coup

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:11 PM

4th UPDATE We will continue to clean the virus from all state bodies because this virus has spread says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

epa05429129 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prays near by coffins of victims who were killed in a coup attempt on 16 July, during the funeral at Fatih Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July 2016. Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim reportedly said that the Turkish military was involved in an attempted coup d'etat. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the coup attempt as an 'act of treason' and insisted his government remains in charge. Some 104 coup plotters were killed, 90 people - 41 of them police and 47 are civilians - 'fell martrys', after an attempt to bring down the Turkish government, the acting army chief General Umit Dundar said in a televised appearance. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Obama urges Turkey to 'act within the rule of law'

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:11 AM

This comes after the Turkish government s accusation that a US based Muslim clerk was behind the coup attempt

ARREST. Turkish police arrest soldiers at the Taksim Square in Istanbul. Photo by Sedat Suna EPA

Jubilant Erdogan supporters celebrate coup failure

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:25 AM

In under 24 hours the atmosphere in Istanbul changed dramatically From one of fear and confusion the city was abuzz with the celebratory sounds

COUP FAILURE. Pro-Erdogan supporters gather at Taksim square in Istanbul to support the government on July 16, 2016, following a failed coup attempt. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Kerry: US-backed Turkey coup 'utterly false'

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Turkey s labor minister Suleyman Soylu had reportedly suggested the United States was behind the revolt that killed 265 people

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

WATCH: 5 things OFWs in Turkey shouldn't do after the coup

Jul 17, 2016 - 1:40 AM

All Filipinos in Turkey are safe but should stay indoors according to Philippine embassy officials there

UNREST. Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

Egypt media jumps the gun on Turkey coup bid

Jul 17, 2016 - 12:50 AM

The Turkish army topples Erdogan declares the state s flagship newspaper on its front page even as the strongman loathed by Cairo quashed a coup attempt

International flights to Turkey suspended after coup attempt

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:10 PM

All airlines flying to the United States from Turkey have also been prohibited

US suspends strikes against ISIS group from Turkey base – official

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:28 PM

UPDATED Turkish authorities have earlier imposed a security lockdown at Incirlik air base following an attempted coup d etat by military officers

In this file photo, German Tornado jets are pictured at the air base in Incirlik, Turkey, on January 21, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/Pool/AFP

Attempted coup in Turkey: what we know so far

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Questions and key details on a Turkish army faction s coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

UNREST. Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

Nearly 200 soldiers at Turkey military HQ surrender

Jul 16, 2016 - 3:20 PM

At least 60 people are killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup against the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s government on July 16

PANIC. Turkish military control a road in Istanbul on July 16, 2016, after Turkish troops launched a coup. Photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges his backers to stay on the streets to prevent a possible flare up of Friday s chaos

People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

Stranded in Istanbul

Jul 16, 2016 - 1:20 PM

A Filipino traveler gets stuck in Istanbul as a coup attempt gets underway

People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Erdogan enemy Gulen denies behind Turkey coup attempt

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:49 PM

I condemn in the strongest terms the attempted military coup in Turkey Fethullah Gulen says in a statement

INSULTING. Fethullah Gulen denies being behind the attempted coup in Turkey. Handout photo by Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily Newspaper/EPA

Turkey appoints new acting army chief of staff after coup bid – PM

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:12 PM

General Umit Dundar commander of the First Army has been appointed as acting chairman of chief of staff

People run and hide as Turkish army Jets fly above the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA