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The Purge: Failed Turkish Coup

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A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government Friday night, hijacking fighter jets and helicopters to strike key installations and security forces (Reuters). Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the coup on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in Pennsylvania, and said there was a formal request for Gulen’s extradition (WP). President Recep Tayyip […]

Former Miss Turkey Convicted of Insulting President Erdogan

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Merve Buyuksarac, 27, was convicted last week of insulting a public official, Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, through social media postings (Hurriyet). Buyuksarac, crowned Miss Turkey in 2006, was briefly detained last year for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account in 2014 (Time). The courts suspended the 14-month prison sentence on the condition […]