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Turkey: ISIS Used Child Suicide Bomber to Kill Dozens

Erdogan says 12-year-old blew self up at outdoor wedding

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a nationally televised address Sunday that the suicide bomber in the outdoor wedding party attack that killed dozens was between 12 and 14 years old. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the... More »

Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant for US-Based Muslim Cleric

It claims Fethullah Gulen was behind last month's failed coup

(Newser) - A court in Turkey issued a formal warrant Thursday for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead, the AP reports. The government says Gulen, a former ally of President Erdogan... More »

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 »

Reclusive Cleric in the Poconos Suddenly in World Spotlight

Turkey formally requests the US extradite Fethullah Gulen

(Newser) - The US will soon have a dicey decision to make in regard to the failed coup in Turkey. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally requested that the US extradite the man it says is responsible for the uprising, moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, reports USA Today . The... More »

Turkey Jails 85 Generals, Admirals Over Failed Coup

Dozens of others are still being interrogated

(Newser) - Turkey's state-run news agency says courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a botched coup attempt . Dozens of others are still being questioned, the AP reports. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that those formally arrested include former air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk,... 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 »

In Dizzying Crackdown, Turkey Detains 6K

Government has fired 3K judges, prosecutors

(Newser) - Turkey's justice minister says some 6,000 people have been detained in a government crackdown on alleged coup plotters and government opponents, reports the AP . Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says that "the cleansing (operation) is continuing. The number could surpass 6,000." Bozdag also said he was... More »

Turkey Blames Cleric in US for Coup Attempt

Purge of supporters in military, judiciary is underway

(Newser) - After a military coup attempt that now appears to be firmly quashed , the Turkish government is focusing its wrath on Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The town is home to Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric who leads a popular movement called Hizmet, and President Recep Tayyib Erdogan blames his followers for the coup... More »

Turkey: 161 Dead, Thousands Arrested as Coup Quashed

PM vows military plotters 'will pay a heavy price'

(Newser) - Forces loyal to Turkey's president say they quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles, and gunfire that left dozens dead as Saturday dawned. Authorities arrested thousands of people as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

Turkey's President Claimed the Worst Role Model Ever

No biggie, he just wants to rule more like Hitler

(Newser) - The president of a US ally just tried to appear reasonable by pointing out the similarities between his proposal and Hitler's Germany, the Telegraph reports. It was—to say the least—surprising. "Erdogan has to be the first politician to Godwin himself," one incredulous man tweets . Recep... More »

Judge's Strange Order: Study Gollum, Then Fill Me In

Turkish justice is deciding slander case against president

(Newser) - Experts recruited in the case of a man accused of insulting Turkey's president have been given some interesting homework: study the character Gollum from Lord of the Rings. Bilgin Ciftci is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan—a prisonable offense in Turkey—after sharing photos of the politician... More »

Russia: Turkey's President, Family Buys ISIS Oil

Erdogan says he'll step down if allegations are proven

(Newser) - Russia has made its boldest slam yet about Turkey in the wake of its downed military jet : Russia's deputy defense minister on Wednesday said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is directly involved in buying oil from the Islamic State. Turkey buys stolen oil from Syria and Iraq and... More »

Turkish President Was 'Truly Saddened' By Plane Downing

He says he wishes it hadn't happened

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday voiced regret over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the incident and wished it hadn't occurred. It was the first expression of regret by the strongman leader since Tuesday's incident in which... More »

What Happened in Turkey Yesterday: Stunning, 'Nuclear'

Liberal pro-Kurdish party will have seats in Parliament for first time

(Newser) - "This is a nuclear explosion" is how an expert on Turkey puts it to the Washington Post . The country's ruling party today finds itself with few options to form a new government after it was stripped of its parliamentary majority and opposition parties ruled out joining it in... More »

Chapel Hill Victim Told Her Story to StoryCorps

FBI launches investigation into triple shooting

(Newser) - One of the three young Muslim students shot dead in Chapel Hill, NC, on Tuesday praised America's harmony and tolerance in an interview recorded for the StoryCorps project last year. "Growing up in America has been such a blessing," Yusor Abu-Salha said in a joint interview with... More »

Birth Control Is Treason: Turkey Prez

Erdogan calls contraception advocates traitors during wedding speech

(Newser) - Since assuming the Turkish presidency , Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Muslims discovered America and men and women aren't equal . Erdogan's latest salvo takes aim at what he sees as a treasonous threat to his country: birth control. Erdogan made his statements at a wedding on Sunday, advising... More »

Turkish President: Men, Women Aren't Equal

Putting them on equal footing is 'against nature'

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy today, declaring that women are not equal to men—comments that are in violation of the country's constitution, according to one lawyer. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently,... More »

Turkish Prez: Muslims Found America Before Columbus

Recep Erdogan claims Muslims got there in 1178

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus. Speaking yesterday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America, Erdogan says that contact between Islam and Latin America dates to the 12th century. "It is alleged that... More »

Why Turkey Might Join ISIS Fight: Ancient Tomb?

Tomb of Suleyman Shah, located in Syria, is dear to country

(Newser) - Turkey is today weighing whether to join the fight against ISIS. As the AP explains, the country's parliament is debating a motion that would grant the government new powers to launch military operations targeting ISIS in Syria and Iraq; it also would allow for the use of Turkish bases... More »

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