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Istanbul airport ad warns travelers of Sweden’s high rape rate

Daily Sabah4 hours ago
The headline was taken from a report from the Turkish newspaper Güneş and it comes days after Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom .

Turkey and Sweden in Twitter spat over child sexual abuse law

CNNAug 16, 2016
It follows a Twitter spat between Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Margot Wallstrom and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek,
Following the diplomatic spat between Sweden and Turkey ignited by top Turkish court’s decision to annul a legal article on the sexual abuse of children, Ankara has moved to increase rather than decrease sentences for the crime
CHP’s Ağbaba has asked Bozdağ: “Have you looked into the allegations that ‘Ölürüm Türkiyem’ song is being played through speakers of Tekirdağ Prison and when it meets reaction, announcements as ‘You will shout as long live the Republic of Turkey’?”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said achieving a lasting resolution of the crisis in Syria without Russia and Iran would be “impossible,” adding that Ankara would cooperate with both countries on the issue
President Erdoğan, calling out to the US for the extradition of Gülen, has said, “We didn’t ask for documents when you wanted terrorists from us. We delivered those terrorists right away based on the extradition agreement”.
A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, even under the current state of emergency following an attempted coup
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has made a surprise visit to Iran on Aug. 18, on his way to India for a scheduled official visit, Turkish private broadcaster CNNTürk reported on Aug. 19
Aftermath of car bomb attack on police station in Turkey – video

A car bomb hit police headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Elaziğ on Thursday morning, killing three police officers and wounding 217 people. Hours later another bomb blast tore through a military vehicle in the Hizan district of the Bitlis province, killing four and wounding seven others. Authorities are blaming the attacks on Kurdish militants, who frequently target police in Turkey’s mainly-Kurdish southeast

Turkish authorities detained 29 inspectors on Aug. 19 from the BDDK banking watchdog for “irregular inspections,” broadcaster NTV and other media reported, in what appeared to be the latest round-up related to the failed July 15 coup attempt
The National Intelligence Agency (MİT) reportedly sent the names of 53,000 people who have used the smartphone app ByLock to the Social Security Institution (SGK) two weeks ago, paving the way for suspensions of workers in various state institutions
Inside Turkey’s Circumcision Palace – in pictures

Much is made of male circumcision (or sünnet) in Turkey, a ritual that many believe marks the first step of a boy becoming a man. Photographer Bradley Secker has gained access to Istanbul’s Circumcision Palace, which claims to have performed more than 100,000 of the operations since it opened in 1976.

HDP’s Paylan in his parliamentary motion has recalled that there is the condition of conviction in the Constitutional clause on which the shutting down decision is rested, yet no such conviction verdict has been issued.
A botched coup and Turkey’s future in western institutions

The EU will fail in anchoring policy reform in Turkey as a result of becoming hostage to inter-governmentalism and the zero-sum-game dynamics associated with it.

James Stavridis, NATO supreme allied commander, testifying on Capitol Hill, 2013. Now retired, calls on Obama Administration in Foreign Policy magazine, to be ‘nice to Erdogan’.Molly Riley/ Press Association. All rights reserved.Western interpretations of the botched coup in Turkey and its aftermath are varied. Nevertheless, if one draws a vector that represents the divergent arguments a consensus view with two components can be detected: (i) a readiness to accept the Turkish government’s argument that the coup was staged by the Islamic Gülen Movement that infiltrated the Turkish state institutions, including the military; and (ii) expressions of concerns about the future of democracy in Turkey given the announcement of a state of emergency and the extent of the post-coup purges.

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