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Turkish police chief, businessman arrested while trying to escape to Greece

A former police chief and a businessman from Istanbul have been detained near the borders as they were trying to escape Turkey purge and flee to Greece. M.G., a former police chief in Van province who was dismissed as part of post-coup crackdown on Gülen movement, was detained near Turkey’s …

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For one more time, Turkish authorities use Hagia Sophia as a mosque (video)

For one more time, Turkish authorities allowed Koran recitations and Ramadan prayers in Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, challenging the religious sentiment of Greek Orthodox Christians around the world. The night prayers were broadcast live via the Turkish state broadcaster on June 21. It is the third attempt of such …

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Erdogan claims Greece hosts terrorists, as Tsipras, Yildirim meet in Athens

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim  in Athens on Monday morning, amid tension over Turkish military personnel seeking asylum in Greece. Hours before the visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that ‘Greece hosts ten terrorists.’ “Neighbors must support each in difficult times,” Tsipras told Yildirim and stressed …

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Greece alleged to illegally push-back to Turkey Erdogan’s critics seeking asylum

A Human Rights institute in Sweden accuses Greece of breach of European and International laws by sending back Turkish citizens seeking asylum in an effort to escape the purge by the country’s political leadership. According to allegations, the Greek government has started to apply these practices “as of mid-May”. The …

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Greek anarchists fight next to Syrian Kurds against the ISIS in Rojava

Greek anarchists fight against jihadists in north Syria together with local Kurdish forces. They reportedly operate in the region of Rojava, a de facto ‘autonomous region’ in Northern Syria, that is also known as Syrian Kurdistan or Western Kurdistan. The Greek anarchist call Rojava an “anarchist land.” According to a …

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Nokta editor arrested while trying to flee to Greece along with seven people

Murat Çapan, a Nokta magazine editor who on Monday was sentenced to 22 years, six months for two cover stories, was detained along with seven other people while attempting to illegally leave Turkey for Greece. According to the report, one purged academic, two purged teachers, a retired police chief and …

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EU warns Turkey after 114 Greece’s airspace violations on a single day

Turkish aircraft and helicopters illegally entered Greece’s airspace 141 times on May 15, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported. Airspace violations are a common practice by Ankara to reiterates its unfounded claims in the Aegean Sea. 20 Turkish F-16, 5 CN-235 maritime surveillance aircraft and 19 helicopters entered the …

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Three SAT commandos try to flee to Greece, as Turkish purge continues without mercy

Three commandos from the Turkish Underwater Attack Commandos (SAT) attempted to flee to Greece as the Turkish purge continues without mercy. A woman and her 3-day-old baby were thrown to jail for alleged links with the Gulen movement, the Turkish government considers as mastermind behind the failed coup attempt. The …

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Erdogan tells Tsipras in Beijing to extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers

For one hour and ten minutes, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting in Beijing on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation organized by the Chinese government on Friday. The agenda of topics to be discussed was full: …

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Turkey tests its home-made long-range ballistic missile BORA Video

Turkey has tested its first domestically manufactured ballistic missile BORA, the country’s defence minister announced on Thursday. The Bora, or “storm”, long-range missile was tested near the Black Sea coastal region of Sinop, Fikri Isik told broadcaster A Haber. “Our missile Bora, with a range of 280km, was just test-fired …

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Turkish diplomats working in Consulate in Thessaloniki have disappeared, says Ankara

A Turkish diplomat couple working in Greece has allegedly disappeared. Ankara considers the couple as suspects of being members of the organization of  US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen whom turkey believes to be the mastermind behind the failed coup in July 2016. Citing diplomatic sources, Turkish media write that Muhammet T. …

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Turkish FM warns of rift in relations with Greece after court rejects extradition of 8 Turkish soldiers

Turkeish Foreign Ministry warns of rift in relations with Greece after a Greek court rejected also Ankara’s second request for the extradition of eight soldiers, who fled to the neighboring country after the failed coup of July 2016. Challenging the court decision, Ankara claims that the decision of the Greek …

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Greek court blocks Ankara’s new extradition request for 3 Turkish soldiers soldiers

A Greek court on Wednesday blocked a second request by Turkey for the extradition of Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a failed coup attempt, court officials said, potentially increasing tensions between the traditional foes. The ruling applied to three of eight soldiers who fled. Extradition of …

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Turkey threatens Cyprus, oil giants ENI and TOTAL, and to annex Northern Cyprus

In a letter to the United Nations, Turkey’s UN Permanent Representative threatens Cyprus but also oil giants ENI and TOTAL over offshore hydrocarbon exploration in Block 6 in Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone. Ankara not only disputes the possibility of Cyprus to carry out exploration or give licenses but also declares …

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Turkish EU Minister claims Greek Agathonisi island is … “Turkish land”

Turkish Minister  of European Affairs, Omer Celik, claimed on Wednesday that the Greek island of Agathonisi in the Aegean Sea was …”Turkish”. Speaking to a Turkish television channel, Celik  said  that Agathonisi “belongs to Turkey. It’s Turkish land.” Agathonisi is a small Greek island and municipality located at the northernmost …

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Greek Court rejects second Turkish request for extradition of 8 soldiers

A Greek court has rejected a new Turkish extradition bid for three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece by helicopter after last year’s failed military coup in Turkey. Greece’s supreme court has already ruled that none of the eight men should be extradited as they wouldn’t get a …

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