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Istanbul changes street names ‘to remove Gulen links’

ISTANBUL: Turkey's largest city Istanbul has resolved to change the names of almost 200 streets in a mass renaming campaign, largely to remove any association with the alleged mastermind of the 2016 failed coup Fethullah Gulen, a report said on Thursday. The move was agreed by the city's municipal council, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Turkey accuses Gulen of plotting the failed coup in July 2016 aimed at unseating President Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen, an Islamic preacher based in the United States, denies the…

Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ reports of plan to seize cleric from US

ISTANBUL: Turkey has dismissed what it said were ludicrous reports that Turkish officials may have discussed a plan to seize a wanted U.S.-based Muslim cleric and hand him over to Ankara in exchange for millions of dollars. In a statement, the Turkish embassy in Washington repeated Ankara’s request for the extradition of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who it says masterminded last year’s failed military coup, but said Turkey would not operate outside the law to achieve that goal. The statement followed a Wall Street…

Turkey’s Erdogan compares coup defeat to medieval battle

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday compared the defeat of last year’s attempted coup against his rule to key events in the country’s history, including a 1071 triumph by Turkic tribes over the Byzantines in Anatolia. Erdogan has in recent years sought to put greater emphasis not just on the history of the Ottoman dynasty — who conquered Constantinople in 1453 — but of Turkic tribes in pre-Ottoman history. Coinciding with a major protest event by the main opposition party at the western of the…

Gulen ‘not worried’ about extradition to Turkey

PARIS: US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt a year ago, told French TV Tuesday that he did not believe he would be extradited to Turkey. Turkey marked the first anniversary of the attempted putsch on Saturday with mass rallies and bellicose speeches by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who told hundreds of thousands of supporters in Istanbul that he was thinking of bringing back the death penalty for coup plotters. On the eve of the anniversary Gulen, who lives at a compound…

Turkey marks coup defeat with rallies, Erdogan warning to ‘traitors’

ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "chop off the heads" of traitors. The authorities declared July 15 an annual national holiday of "democracy and unity", billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy. In an intense programme aiming to hammer home the anniversary's importance, Erdogan attended a special session of…

German official accuses Turkey of ‘intolerable’ spying

BERLIN: A German state minister on Tuesday accused Turkey of "unacceptable" spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup attempt last year. "It is notable with what intensity and ruthlessness the people living abroad are being investigated," said Boris Pistorius, interior minister of the northern German state of Lower Saxony. "It's intolerable and unacceptable," he said at a press conference. Ankara had asked Berlin to help spy on about…

Pakistan to shut Gulen-linked schools ahead of Erdogan visit

ISLAMABAD: The government has on Tuesday decided to close a chain of private schools in Pakistan run by US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Sources say the decision was taken before the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan for a two-day state visit to Pakistan from 16-17 November. The Turkish government had blamed Fehtullah Gulen for a thwarted coup d-etat against Erdogan in July. Afterwards, the Turkish government had pressed on governments around the world to shut down all institutions linked to…

Erdogan accuses Germany of ‘harbouring terrorists’

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Germany of being one of the world's worst countries for harboring "terrorists", saying Berlin had not responded to requests to hand over suspects from the July 15 failed coup. Erdogan said that he had handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel around 4,000 dossiers about suspects in Germany but had received no response. With Merkel on Wednesday calling a media crackdown in Turkey "highly alarming", Erdogan said Germany was more interested in voicing…