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Erdogan's Plane Met With 'Trouble in Air' During Coup

Why rebel jets didn't fire is 'mystery': former military official

(Newser) - An attempted military coup in Turkey over the weekend that killed hundreds was put down , but more details continue to trickle out—and this one has some scratching their heads. As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan jetted back to Istanbul from his vacation in Marmaris during the uprising, rebel fighter jets... More »

General Says Burundi Coup Underway, Prez Says No

Conflicting reports emerge as witnesses note gunfire in capital of Bujumbura

(Newser) - As police in Bujumbura's main business district today tried to ward off street protesters with water cannons and tear gas—one cop even fired five times at demonstrators, an AP journalist on the scene says—a military general prepared to make an announcement in the Burundi capital: that President... More »

Thai Army: OK, Now It's a Coup

Army chief ends 2 days of meetings, grabs control

(Newser) - Two days after Thailand's military instituted martial law in what it said was decidedly not a coup , the army chief took to national television today to announce that now it's staging a coup d'etat. The move abruptly ended two days of meetings between political rivals that had... More »

US Warns Americans: Get Out of South Sudan

Violence heating up following failed coup

(Newser) - The State Department today issued a travel warning for South Sudan, recommending that all Americans "depart immediately," as violence rises in the wake of an attempted coup . That includes non-emergency US personnel, who have already been ordered to depart, forcing the US to suspend normal operations at its... More »

Iran to US: We're Suing Over '53 Coup

After CIA finally admits it was behind it

(Newser) - Perhaps the CIA should have just kept its proverbial mouth shut. A week after the agency finally acknowledged it was behind the 1953 coup of democratically elected Iranian PM Mohammad Mossadeq, Iran's parliament has voted to sue the US for meddling in its domestic affairs, the LA Times reports.... More »

US Secretly Halts Egypt Aid; Saudis Publicly Fill Void

US ally steps up as major donor of $12B package

(Newser) - Amid reports that the White House is quietly halting US military aid to Egypt—at least temporarily—Saudi Arabia is taking the bold step of announcing it will fill any financial void. Gulf countries are planning a $12 billion package for Egypt, and Saudi Arabia is the biggest donor, the... More »

CIA Admits Role in Iran's Coup—60 Years Later

Releases documents acknowledging it was behind overthrow of Mossadeq in '53

(Newser) - It's only taken 60 years, but the CIA has finally acknowledged its role in the 1953 coup of democratically elected Iranian PM Mohammad Mossadeq. In documents released to the independent National Security Archive website, an internal report says: "[T]he military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front... More »

Life Just Got Suspiciously Good in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood remains defiant as Ramadan begins

(Newser) - Apart from all the political unrest and mass killings , Egypt has suddenly become a much better place to live—to a degree that the New York Times thinks is frankly suspicious. No sooner had Mohamed Morsi been ousted than the country's energy crisis seemed to vanish, with long lines... More »

Interim Leader Takes Over in Egypt

Adli Mansour lauds military

(Newser) - With Mohamed Morsi under house arrest , Egypt has a new leader, at least for now: Adli Mansour, the boss of the country's constitutional court. He was appointed chief justice just four days ago and was sworn in this morning for that job, the BBC notes; afterward, he was sworn... More »

Egypt Army: Morsi is Out

Military names interim leader, calls new elections

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi is no longer the president of Egypt, the military declared today. The army's commander also said that the nation's constitution has been suspended and that an interim leader will take command until new elections take place, reports AP . Earlier, Morsi's camp declared via tweet that... More »

Eritrea Coup Attempt Fails

Rebel soldiers take over state TV

(Newser) - Rebelling soldiers in the tiny African country of Eritrea briefly took control of state-run television yesterday, reportedly seeking to wrest control of the country from its president of 20 years. But government troops shut down the effort, which failed to spark like action from the country's people. President Isaias... More »

Egypt Primed for Revolution Again After 'Soft Coup'

Demonstrations called for after ruling hands power to military

(Newser) - All eyes are on Egypt today, after its Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved parliament , handing the military power in what many are calling a "soft" or "smooth" coup. "The court is not neutral," one Council on Foreign Relations scholar tells CNN . "It is very much part... More »

Mali's 'Very Existence' Threatened by Coup

Fears of food, gas shortages as refugees flee

(Newser) - Since we last checked in, the situation in Mali following a soldiers' coup has spiraled, with rising concerns over food and gas shortages, violence, and indeed the country's "very existence," according to Le Monde . An update:
  • The coup has driven more than 200,000 people from their
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Maldives Ex-President: I Was Ousted at Gunpoint

Protests erupt after Mohamed Nasheed's speech

(Newser) - Protests erupted in Maldives today after Mohamed Nasheed said he'd been forced to resign the presidency at gunpoint. Nasheed stepped down yesterday , handing power to VP Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, saying he was "not a person who wishes to rule with the use of power." But today... More »

Zardari Leaves Pakistan, Sparking Coup Rumors

Supposedly he's in Dubai due to a health condition

(Newser) - Is Pakistan in the midst of a coup? Speculation is running wild that it is, after President Asif Ali Zardari left the country yesterday, flying to Dubai for unclear health reasons—a government adviser says he had a "minor heart attack," but a Zardari spokesman says he's... More »

Pakistan Envoy to US Booted Over Memo

He allegedly asked US to prevent a coup from Pakistan's military

(Newser) - Pakistan named Sherry Rehman as its new ambassador to the US today after its old one—the well-regarded Hussain Haqqani—was forced to resign yesterday over an ongoing scandal known in Pakistan as “Memogate.” After Osama bin Laden’s death, Haqqani allegedly sent a memo urging the US... More »

Autopsy: Chilean Leader Allende Died of Suicide

New findings put to rest 37-year debate

(Newser) - After 37 years, a new autopsy has confirmed that former Chilean president Salvador Allende killed himself with an assault rifle, and was not murdered by troops storming the presidential palace as leftists like Fidel Castro claimed. Forensic analysis showed that his head injuries were inflicted by a single AK-47 and... More »

Thailand Riots Cast Pall on Summit

PM backs out as protesters threaten government

(Newser) - Thailand's prime minister has canceled an appearance at the annual Southeast Asia summit as rioters threaten to topple his government. Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency yesterday hours after anti-government protesters stormed the country's parliament in Bangkok. The decree bans spreading information that threatens national security and allows authorities... More »

Conservative Wins in Testy Honduran Election

US recognizes result, though deposed president was never restored

(Newser) - Conservative Porfirio Lobo has emerged as the winner in yesterday's Honduran election, and appears set to take the central American nation's disputed presidency as it continues to reel from the crisis sparked by last summer's coup. After initially condemning the coup, Washington shifted gears to support this weekend's election, which... More »

Game Plays Out 2011 Obama Coup

Ron Paul fans behind scenario, which also finds Glenn Beck dead

(Newser) - For the burgeoning ranks of political paranoids, a scenario in which President Obama dissolves the Constitution, bans guns and drags the US into a union with Mexico and Canada seems not all that far-fetched. Now, thanks to some Ron Paul supporters, you can prepare for 2011 (yep, that soon!)... More »

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