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Largest coup trial opens in Turkey

ANKARA: The biggest trial of suspects accused of involvement in last year’s failed July coup opened in Turkey on Tuesday in a courtroom especially built to hold more than 1,500 people. Some 330 suspects were put on trial in Sincan outside the capital Ankara, and if convicted, they face multiple …

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136 Turkish diplomats, relatives seek asylum in Germany

ANKARA: More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July’s failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday. “The government is aware of 136 asylum applications filed by diplomatic passport holders from Turkey. They also …

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Turkey shifting to open prisons amid jail overcrowding

Turkey says prisoners serving lighter sentences would be transferred to open prisons amid reports of jail overcrowding since Ankara began its crackdown in the wake of the failed coup of July 2016. Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday that “there is some overcrowding due to the fight against …

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Turkey lifts ban on army officers wearing Islamic headscarf

ANKARA: Turkey’s army is lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country, the state-run Anadolu Agency said Wednesday. The move, ordered by the Defense Ministry, applies to female officers working in the general staff and command headquarters and branches, it said, AFP …

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Terrorist Attack Kills Child in Turkey

ANKARA: A terrorist attack in the southern part of turkey has killed a child and injured a dozen more, late Friday night. Terrorists detonated a car bomb in the southeastern province of Snliurfa where official say the explosion was huge. The bombing took place in the garden of a housing …

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Turkey Reemphasizes on No-Fly Zone in Syria

ANKARA: Turkish president renewed his previous calls for creating a no-fly zone in Syria just as the US president has called for safe zones in the Arab country. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said safe zones with a no-fly condition should be created inside Syrian territory allegedly to accommodate refugees. Erdogan said …

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Turkish troops, Syria rebels enter IS-held town

BEIRUT: (Web Desk) Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies entered the Islamic State-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria Saturday, as government forces moved closer to the jihadist bastion, a monitor said. Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency quoted military sources as saying one Turkish soldier was killed and another …

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SDF, Turkish Soldiers Engaged in Fierce Clashes in Northern Syria

DAMASCUS: Informed sources in Northern Syria disclosed minutes ago that the Kurdish-Led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield Operation’s forces have opened heavy artillery fire on each other North of Aleppo province, taking tolls from each other. The sources said that the Turkish Army soldiers and their …

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Turkey’s behavior in Syria contradictory: Analyst

DAMASCUS: Syria has strongly denounced Turkey’s recent attacks near the flashpoint town of al-Bab, calling on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities and put an end to the violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty. A former US Senate foreign policy analyst believes Turkey’s behavior in Syria continues to be …

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