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Turkish court jails former military chief for life over alleged ‘plot’ to overthrow government

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Ceyda Caglayan SILIVRI, Turkey (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military chief to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a trial that has exposed deep divisions…

Turkish riot police fight protesters as Taksim Square is cleared

By Nick Tattersall and Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fought running battles with pockets of protesters overnight, clearing the central Istanbul square that has been the focus of nearly two weeks of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. By dawn, Taksim Square, strewn with wreckage from…

Thousands of Turks defy Prime Minister Erdogan’s call for end to protest

By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for an immediate end to protests that have spawned the most violent riots of his decade in power. In central Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where riot…

Turkish PM saw Gaza raid as “grounds for war”

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan saw “grounds for war” with Israel last year after a deadly raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza, according to a transcript of a recent interview. State news agency Anatolia released late on Sunday what it said was an original Turkish-language…

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