Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a state of emergency on Wednesday (20 July) as he widened a crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after a failed military coup.
Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary yesterday (19 July) to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on 4 June Turkey would never accept charges the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians in World War I, saying the accusations were being used as "blackmail" against Ankara.
German lawmakers declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide" in a symbolic resolution on Thursday which risks hurting relations with Ankara just as Berlin and European partners need its help in tackling the refugee crisis.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (23 May) of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.
Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new prime minister yesterday (19 May), with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.
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