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Kosovo PM Haradinaj visits wives of abducted Turkish teachers

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has paid a visit to the wives of six Turkish teachers who on March 29 were said to have been abducted and flown to Turkey by Turkey’s notorious National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) by collaborating with Kosovar groups in its intelligence units. Haradinaj reportedly expressed his regrets over the incident, saying that his government would take ...

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Turkey’s 18-month state of emergency causing gross human rights abuses – UN

The United Nations on Tuesday Match 20, 2018, called on Turkey to end its 18-month-old state of emergency, saying that the routine extension of emergency powers has resulted in “profound” human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people and may have lasting impact on the country’s socio-economic fabric. “One of the most alarming findings of the report […] is ...

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Six Turkish journalists jailed for life for ‘coup links’

A Turkish court has sentenced six journalists to life in jail for alleged links to the July 2016 coup plotters. The judgement came as another Turkish court decided to release German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for a year without charge. The six were found guilty of links to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed over the failed ...

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What really happened in Turkey on July 15, 2016: An alternative to the Turkish gov’t narrative

On July 15, 2016, Turkey experienced a horrific event: an unsuccessful military coup. But a year after the tragedy, questions about what really happened remain unanswered. What we know for sure is that the failed coup provided President Erdoğan with an excellent excuse to consolidate his power: despite widespread claims of voter fraud, he secured a narrow victory in an ...

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Turkish children jailed alongside their moms as part of post-coup crackdown

It was a snowy January morning in Istanbul last year when Ayse, a 32-year-old primary school teacher and mother of two, kissed the kids goodbye at school and headed home. She didn’t make it to her front door before she was surrounded by seven policemen, accused of membership in a terrorist organization, handcuffed and taken away. Two months after being ...

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Turkey’s Deputy Speaker cautions against Fetullah links in Ghana

The Turkish parliament’s deputy speaker said on Wednesday that Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-linked schools were not only a threat for the security of Turkey, but also for other countries where the terror group is active. In a meeting with the head of the Ghana-Turkey Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Sualihu Alhassan Dandawa, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Yasar Tuzun drew attention ...

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Turkey: Passenger plane skids off runway, gets stuck on cliff edge

A passenger plane skidded off a runway and was left stuck precariously on the side of a cliff in northeast Turkey last night. All 162 passengers and crew on board the Pegasus Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 miraculously escaped, with no serious injuries reported, following the incident at Trabzon Airport, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Authorities are yet to establish what led ...

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Brexit: German minister sees model for Turkey and Ukraine

A “smart” Brexit deal could serve as a model for the EU’s future relations with other non-EU states, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says. Turkey and Ukraine were two states that could benefit from the template, he told Germany’s Funke media group. He did not see either joining the EU any time soon, so alternative forms of closer co-operation were ...

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Reza Zarrab case: Turkey seizes assets of trader in US trial

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the seizure of assets of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who is testifying in a US trial of a banker accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. Witness Reza Zarrab earlier told a New York court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had approved his and the defendant’s sanctions-breaking deals. Mr Erdogan has denied that Turkey breached ...

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Gold trader’s US legal saga grips Turkey

He was leading a lavish life, with two villas on the shores of the Bosphorus worth around $40m (£30m) and gifts of million-dollar paintings for his pop-star wife. His holdings were said to include a private jet, around 20 properties, as well as luxurious cars and boats. He was often seen posing for cameras with figures such as President Recep ...

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