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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Turks on both sides split over extending state of emergency

Turks on both sides split over extending state of emergency

Turkey is debating whether to extend its state of emergency by another three months. The parliament imposed the state of emergency known as “OHAL,” its Turkish acronym, in the aftermath of last year’s coup attempt. OHAL has been extended three times since July 2016 and the current term is supposed to expire by July 19.

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Turkey’s role in Idlib remains a delicate one | The National

Turkey’s role in Idlib remains a delicate one

Hassan Hassan

June 27, 2017 Updated: June 27, 2017 10:00 PM

Last Thursday, Ankara announced its intention to deploy troops in Idlib as part of the de-escalation zones plan agreed with Russia and Iran last month. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson to the Turkish presidency, told local media that de-escalation in Idlib would be monitored mostly by Turkish troops while Russia and Iran would focus on the areas near Damascus. The announcement came amid reports on social media of Turkish troops amassing near the northwestern Syrian border.

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Turkish trade with Qatar increased three-fold since boycott

Turkish trade with Qatar increased three-fold since boycott

Turkey's exports to Qatar have increased three-fold, reaching a value of 32.5 million dollars, since four Arab countries surrounding Qatar imposed a ban on 5 June, as reported by Turkey's Minister for Customs and Trade, Bülent Tüfenkci.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

102,000 suspects accused of Gülen links are ByLock users, Turkish communication authority says - CRIME

102,000 suspects accused of Gülen links are ByLock users, Turkish communication authority says

ANKARA

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has said that it analyzed various messages of 102,000 suspects accused of being members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and determined that they were sent through ByLock, the group’s encrypted messaging application, Sabah daily reported on June 26.

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Main opposition CHP wants an end to Turkey’s year-long state of emergency - POLITICS

AM Main opposition CHP wants an end to Turkey’s year-long state of emergency

ANKARA
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has reiterated its call to the government to not extend the state of emergency, stressing the importance of “returning to normalcy” and “re-establishing democratic order” in Turkey.

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