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Erdogan Vows to 'Cleanse' Turkish Military of 'Viruses'

3-month state of emergency declared

(Newser) - Turkey's president has declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt , saying he would rid the military of the "virus" of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools.... More »

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 »

UN: 500 Killed in South Sudan Clashes

Ethnic violence follows coup attempt

(Newser) - Fighting in South Sudan has killed up to 500 people, according to the United Nations, which fears the violence in the oil-rich East African country is "largely along ethnic lines." The US has ordered its citizens to leave the country immediately . The president of South Sudan—the world'... 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 »

South Sudan Knocks Back Coup Attempt: Top Official

Former VP led effort: foreign minister

(Newser) - Disgruntled soldiers and politicians led by a former vice president attempted to overthrow the South Sudanese government, a top government official said today, as sporadic fighting continued between factions of the military in the latest violence to hit the world's youngest nation. Some troops within the main army base... 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 »

Overreaction? UAE Jails Dozens in 'Coup Plot'

Activists say mass trial was just designed to clamp down on dissenters

(Newser) - More than 65 suspects accused of plotting an Islamist coup in the United Arab Emirates received prison sentences of up to 15 years today in a mass trial that underscored the widening crackdowns on perceived Arab Spring-inspired dissent across the Gulf Arab region. Rights groups have accused the UAE of... More »

N. Korea Charges US Man With Coup Plot

Kenneth Bae could face death penalty

(Newser) - North Korea announced today that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted. The case involving Kenneth Bae, who has been in North Korean... More »

Rebels Overthrow Central African Republic's Prez

Francois Bozize has fled, thought to be headed for Congo

(Newser) - Rebels who invaded the capital two months after signing a peace agreement overthrew Central African Republic's president of a decade today, as fighters seized the presidential palace and declared him the country's former leader, according to witnesses and an adviser to longtime President Francois Bozize. Former colonial power... 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 »

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