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Turkey’s top cleric criticizes Israeli bill on Islamic call to prayer

Turkey’s top cleric criticizes Israeli bill on Islamic call to prayer

An Israeli bill calling for a ban on mosques using loudspeakers for the call to prayer has been condemned as a “rejection of Islam” by the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet).

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Men who marry children should be tried without arrest: Turkey’s gender equality commission head

Men who marry children should be tried without arrest: Turkey’s gender equality commission head

The head of the gender equality commission at the Turkish Parliament has called for trial without arrest for men accused of marrying children

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Turkey seeks 30,000 new soldiers after post-coup crackdown

Turkey seeks 30,000 new soldiers after post-coup crackdown

Turkey is seeking to recruit more than 30,000 new personnel to fill shortfalls after thousands were kicked out of the army in the wake of the failed July 15 coup attempt.

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Turkey rated ‘not free’ in internet freedom in new Freedom House report

Turkey rated ‘not free’ in internet freedom in new Freedom House report

Internet freedom in Turkey has been rated “not free” in the latest annual report by the Washington-based watchdog Freedom House, a downgrade from its “party free” status last year

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ECHR finds Turkey guilty of violating right to life in 2000 prison operation

ECHR finds Turkey guilty of violating right to life in 2000 prison operation

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found Turkey guilty for violating the right to life in a notorious police operation at an Istanbul prison in 2000.

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Prominent judge released after Gülen confessions: Report

Prominent judge released after Gülen confessions: Report

A member of Turkey’s High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), who was allegedly involved in helping a follower of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullan Gülen remain in his seat, has been released with two colleagues after providing crucial information regarding the group.

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Alevis in Europe suspends ties with umbrella organization

Alevis in Europe suspends ties with umbrella organization

The European Alevi Unions Confederation has announced that it suspended relations with an umbrella organization of Turkish and Kurdish associations following incidents at a recent rally in Germany.

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Cumhuriyet’s arrested CEO rejects claims of publishing policy change

Cumhuriyet’s arrested CEO rejects claims of publishing policy change

The arrested CEO of daily Cumhuriyet has denied claims that the embattled newspaper has changed its publishing policy in recent years to ally with the Gülen movement and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

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