• US will help bring Turkey coup plotters to justice – Obama

    US will help bring Turkey coup plotters to justice – Obama

    The United States is committed to bringing the perpetrators of the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justice, President Barack Obama said Sunday.

    Ankara accuses US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the July uprising.

    At talks with Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Obama said: “We will make sure that those who carried out these activities are brought to justice.”

    Tensions between the two NATO allies have risen sharply since the failed coup attempt against Erdogan on […]

  • Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

    Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

    A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said.

    An Ankara court remanded Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is accused of masterminding the coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

    Balik is a prominent figure who was the chief foreign policy advisor to Gul, […]

  • Turkey suspends 15,200 education staff after failed coup

    Turkey suspends 15,200 education staff after failed coup

    More than 15,000 education staff in Turkey have been suspended after last week’s failed coup, as a purge of state officials widens still further.

    The ministry of education accused them of links to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric the Turkish government says was behind Friday’s uprising.

    Gulen denies any involvement in the coup attempt .

    The resignation of more than 1,500 university deans has also been ordered by Turkey’s high education board.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed to take action against Gulen’s supporters.

    “I’m sorry […]

  • Turkey mulls death penalty after failed coup attempt

    Turkey mulls death penalty after failed coup attempt

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the failed attempt to overthrow his government.

    “In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision,” he said on Sunday, reacting to crowds in Istanbul calling for capital punishment.

    “We cannot delay this anymore because in this country, those who launch a coup will have to pay the price for it,” he […]

  • Turkey: Angry mobs attack troops after coup attempt

    Turkey: Angry mobs attack troops after coup attempt

    Mobs of civilians attacked surrendering troops who took part in a failed coup attempt in Turkey, punching and kicking soldiers who needed protection by armed police.

     

    As residents of the capital Ankara and the country’s biggest city Istanbul woke on Saturday morning to news that the uprising had failed, relief turned to anger at the troops who had brought tanks on to the streets in a bid to take power.

    In Istanbul, troops who had deployed with several tanks on the Bosphorus […]

  • At least 60 dead, 335 arrested in attempted chaotic coup – Turkish official

    At least 60 dead, 335 arrested in attempted chaotic coup – Turkish official

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan addressed a large crowd in Istanbul Saturday morning, as security personnel rounded up suspects after a chaotic coup attempt that sent tanks and demonstrators into the streets while aircraft battled overhead.

    “In Turkey the army is not governing the state and they cannot, and this should be known by all,” Erdogan said. “The government is in control.”

    Erdogan’s return, reported by state-run media reports, indicates that the government appeared to have repelled the attempted coup, while fighting, intrigue […]

  • Plot to remove me, a coup d’etat – Ikpeazu

    Plot to remove me, a coup d’etat – Ikpeazu

    Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has described the plot to unseat him as an attempted coup d’etat in a democracy and vowed to fight to protect his mandate.

    The Governor was speaking when he received members of the Abia State Executive Council who paid him a solidarity visit, in Government House, Umuahia, over the federal High Court judgment against him.

    The Governor wondered how someone who never stood election will seek to become governor through the back door.

    “The plot to remove […]