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Turkey dismisses military, shuts media outlets as crackdown deepens


ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies.

Conspiracy theories flourish after Turkey's failed coup

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey's failed coup was financed by the CIA and directed by a retired U.S. army general using a cell in Afghanistan, said one Turkish pro-government newspaper. CIA agents used an island hotel off Istanbul as a nerve center for the plot, said another.

Turkish authorities dismiss military personnel, shut media outlets

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey has dismissed nearly 1,700 military personnel and closed more than 130 media outlets, official sources said on Wednesday, amid a deepening crackdown that has stirred alarm among Ankara's NATO allies following this month's failed coup.

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EU judges group says Turkey crackdown is attack on judicial independence

PRAGUE Top judges of European Union member states called on Turkey on Wednesday to respect the rule of law, saying the dismissal of thousands of judges following an attempted coup was an attack on the independence of the judiciary.

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Turkey cancels research director's license over report on coup attempt

ISTANBUL Turkey's Capital Markets Board on Wednesday canceled the license of the head of research at brokerage AK Investment and called for him to face charges over a report he wrote analyzing the July 15 coup attempt.

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Kosovo foreign minister says Turkey's request to punish journalist 'unacceptable'

PRISTINA Kosovo's foreign minister on Wednesday said a request by Turkey for Pristina to punish a journalist for tongue-in-cheek Facebook comments on Turkey's failed military coup was unacceptable and an overreaction.

World, Facebook, 8:39am EDT

Turkish defectors to Greece seek time to prepare asylum case

ATHENS Greek authorities on Wednesday postponed hearings for eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum after they fled Turkey following an abortive coup attempt, a case that has underscored lingering tensions between the two NATO allies.

World, Greece 6:06am EDT

Wary of turmoil in holiday hotspots, Germans flock to 'safe' Denmark

COPENHAGEN Put off by militant violence and political upheaval in traditional sun-and-sea holiday hotspots like Tunisia and Turkey, German tourists are flocking to nearby Denmark this summer counting on peace and quiet within secure borders.

World, Tunisia Jul 26 2016

Coup response requires pressure be put on Turkey: Italy Foreign Minister

ROME Pressure should be put on Turkey to make sure the rule of law is upheld there amid a fierce crackdown on suspected plotters in a failed coup, Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Tuesday.

World, Italy, Jul 26 2016

Turks believe cleric Gulen was behind coup attempt: survey

ISTANBUL Almost two thirds of Turks believe U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a survey conducted by pollster Andy-Ar showed on Tuesday, backing the government line.

World, Jul 26 2016

U.S. diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to founder

WASHINGTON In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea this month, United States officials talked about rallying a coalition to impose "terrible" costs to Beijing's international reputation if flouted the court's decision.