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Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Turkey's top judicial body on Monday dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors who are accused of having links to a cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Congo dismisses video of alleged army massacre

The Congolese government on Saturday dismissed a video that appears to show its soldiers firing at unarmed men and women as a probable fake.

Nineteen killed as militia attacks two villages in Congo

About 19 people have been killed in an attack by an armed group on two Congolese villages, a local youth leader said Saturday.

Suspected radical Islamists kill Christian man in Egypt’s Sinai

Suspected Islamist extremists Thursday shot dead a local Christian man in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, witnesses said. This is the third such incident in the volatile area in more than a week.

Twelve more killed in clashes in central Congo

Twelve people were killed in clashes between a local militia and security forces in central Congo on Monday, bringing the death toll to about 100 since last week, a representative of local civil society groups said.

5 killed, 300 hurt as Baghdad anti-government protests turn violent

Five people were killed and more than 300 injured Saturday when security forces fired gunshots and teargas to disperse a massive pro-reform rally in central Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials.

Twelve arrested at Ankara protest against mass academic sackings

Twelve people were arrested on Friday at a demonstration in the capital Ankara against the mass sacking of academics, Turkish media reported.

Thousands of Turkish police, teachers fired under emergency decree

Nearly 4,500 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed by the latest emergency decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a series of purges that started after an attempted coup in July.

Greece extends detention of Turkish pilots pending asylum decision

Eight Turkish soldiers who applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a coup attempt in July must remain under temporary police custody, an Athens court ruled Wednesday.

Ethiopia to release thousands detained under state of emergency law

Ethiopia is planning to release 11,352 inmates arrested under the country's state of emergency law, Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa said Wednesday.

More than 120 suspected Burundian rebels extradited from Congo

At least 128 suspected Burundian rebels detained in Congo were on Tuesday extradited to Burundi, officials said.

Turkey warns Greece, files second extradition request for soldiers

Turkey on Friday filed a second extradition request with Greece for eight soldiers who allegedly took part in a coup attempt last year, state-run Anadolu news agency reported a day after the Greek Supreme Court denied a previous demand for their handover.

Greek Supreme Court blocks extradition of Turkish soldiers

Eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece after a failed coup in the summer may not be extradited back to Turkey, the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, with Ankara quickly protesting the decision.

Israel warns citizens to avoid Egypt's troubled Sinai

Israel has warned its citizens to leave the Sinai Peninsula immediately, saying there is a "very high concrete threat" of a terrorist attack, a National Security Council statement said.

Uganda arrests 101 Congolese ex-rebels heading for Congo

Uganda has arrested 101 members of a former Congolese rebel group which surrendered in 2013, but which is suspected of planning new attacks in eastern Congo, the government in Kampala said Thursday.

Erdogan: 43,000 arrested in six months over failed coup attempt

Turkey has arrested 43,000 people in the last six months over links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish preacher accused of orchestrating a coup attempt last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Eight Egyptian police killed in attack on desert checkpoint

Eight Egyptian policemen were killed and three others wounded in an attack by gunmen Monday on a checkpoint in the country's western desert, the Interior Ministry said.

Former rebel movement could re-launch attacks in Congo, official says

A former Congolese rebel movement that surrendered in 2013 is planning new attacks in the country, local broadcaster Radio Okapi reported on Sunday quoting a senior official.

Ivory Coast agrees deal with soldiers mutinying over pay

Ivory Coast's government has reached an agreement with soldiers who mutinied over pay just over a week ago, the government and representatives for the soldiers said on Saturday.

Bomb kills one, injures 19 at Ethiopian hotel

A bomb thrown into a hotel in Ethiopia's restive northern Amhara region has killed a government employee and injured 19 other people, a spokesman for the regional authorities said Wednesday.

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants fired since failed July coup

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed amid a widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup in July, the country's Labour Minister said on Tuesday.

Eight policemen, one civilian killed in two attacks in Sinai

Six security personnel were killed Monday in a suicide car bomb attack on their checkpoint in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, according to a security official.

Situation calm in Ivory Coast after army mutiny ends

The situation in Ivory Coast seemed to be calm on Sunday, according to eyewitness reports, after a late-night pledge by President Alassane Ouattara to pay soldiers arrears they were due ended a weekend mutiny by the army.

Ivory Coast mutiny spreads to largest city Abidjan

An army mutiny in Ivory Coast has spread to the country's commercial capital, Abidjan, where witnesses reported gunfire on Saturday.

Turkey claims right to strip citizenship from accused overseas

Turks living abroad who are suspected of crimes against the state can have their citizenship revoked in some cases, according to new procedures created under the country's state of emergency.

Two Ivory Coast cities paralysed by soldiers' mutiny over pay

Soldiers protesting over pay on Friday brought two Ivory Coast cities to a standstill, attacking police stations and blocking roads, witnesses and news reports said.

Nine pro-Kurdish politicians arrested on terrorism charges

Nine more pro-Kurdish politicians from Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization, Turkish media reported on Thursday.

More than 40 killed in Congo fighting

About 43 people have been killed in fighting between a local militia and security forces in central Congo, Red Cross sources said Wednesday.

Ethiopia releases 10,000 prisoners in restive Oromia region

Ethiopia has released 10,000 people from prisons in its restive Oromia region, the state broadcaster EBC reported Wednesday.

Turkish legislature extends state of emergency through April 19

The state of emergency imposed in Turkey after July's attempted coup will be extended until April 19 after the country's parliament signed off on a government proposal late Tuesday.

Policeman killed in Bahrain prison attack freeing terrorist inmates

Several convicted terrorists escaped a prison in Bahrain on Sunday after an armed attack in which one policeman was killed, the Interior Ministry said.

Turkey closes another 94 registered societies in coup aftermath

More than five months after a failed coup attempt, Turkish authorities have closed another 94 registered societies due to a "threat to public order."

Prominent journalist, author Ahmet Sik arrested in Turkey

Prominent Turkish author, journalist and government critic Ahmet Sik has been arrested in Istanbul, according to reports by the Anadolu news agency and Sik himself online.

First trial in Istanbul over coup attempt starts

The first court case in Istanbul against suspected plotters of Turkey's July 15 coup attempt is taking place Tuesday, with 29 former policemen standing trial, broadcast CNN Turk reported.

Turkey detains 2,700 in terror probes in last two weeks

Turkey detained 1,682 people in the past week as part of raids against alleged Kurdish militants, Islamic State and followers of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, according to data from the Interior Ministry released Monday.

Congo peace agreement will allow Kabila to remain until end 2017

The government in Congo and the opposition have tentatively reached an agreement that will see President Joseph Kabila step down at the end of 2017, the Catholic Church Council of Bishops (CENCO) reported Friday.

At least 22 killed in anti-government protests in Congo

At least 22 people are dead after anti-government protests in various cities in Congo, with more than 275 arrested, Congolese police reported on Wednesday.

Almost 2,000 Turks suspended by Education Ministry over Gulen links

Turkey's Education Ministry has suspended a further 1,980 civil servants

About 19 killed in Kinshasa protests, UN says in Congo

About 19 people have been killed in anti-government protests in Congo's capital Kinshasa, the UN said Wednesday.

Ethiopia starts releasing 9,800 political detainees

Ethiopia has started releasing 9,800 detainees who were held under the country's state of emergency over the past two months, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Islamic State claims Jordan attack on police and tourists

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed a series of attacks by gunmen who killed ten people and fought police from a Crusader-era castle two days earlier.

Dozens of anti-Kabila protesters reportedly arrested in eastern Congo

Dozens of protesters were Monday arrested in eastern Congo while calling on President Joseph Kabila to step down as his second term in office was about to expire at midnight.

Canadian tourist among ten dead in Jordan attack

A Canadian tourist was among ten people killed in Jordan on Sunday in a series of attacks by gunmen who holed themselves up in a Crusader-era castle.

Ethiopia to free nearly 10,000 people held under state of emergency

Ethiopia on Saturday announced plans to release 9,800 detainees from a total of about 12,500 who were held under the country's 10-week state of emergency.

Twelve Burkinabe soldiers killed near Malian border

Twelve Burkinabe soldiers were killed in an attack on their army post near the Malian border on Friday, Burkina Faso's president Roch Kabore said.

Ethiopian government blocks internet access, report finds

The Ethiopian government has "systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites," including messaging app WhatsApp and 16 news outlets, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bomb attack

The Islamic State extremist group Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed 23 people during Mass two days earlier at a church adjoining Cairo's main cathedral.

Egypt cathedral bombing was suicide attack, al-Sissi tells funeral

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi says Sunday's bomb attack on a church adjoining Cairo's main cathedral was carried out by a suicide bomber using an explosive belt.

More than 235 people detained in Turkish raids on pro-Kurdish party

More than 235 members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained in Turkey, a party spokesman said on Monday, warning against "revenge" amid upset in the country over a twin bomb blast.

Turkish raids target Kurdish lawmakers, 118 arrests reported

More than 100 people were arrested across Turkey early Monday as police staged raids against members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), according to the Anadolu news agency.

25 killed in blast at main cathedral of Egypt's Coptic Church

Twenty-five people died in an explosion at a church adjoining Cairo's main Coptic cathedral on Sunday, according to state television, the worst attack on a Christian place of worship in majority Muslim Egypt in decades.

Five killed as anglophone Cameroonians riot

At least five people have been killed in the Cameroonian city of Bamenda as anglophone residents protesting the dominance of the French language clashed with security forces, an official said Friday.

Militant group claims Cairo attack that killed six policemen

A little-known militant group, allegedly linked to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, has claimed responsibility for a bombing attack that killed six policemen in a main street in Cairo on Friday.

Turkey overstepped law with post-coup dismissals, experts say

Experts with Europe's human rights watchdog said Friday that mass dismissals by Turkey's government and the liquidation of associations overstepped Turkish and international law.

Six policemen killed in Cairo blast

Six policemen were killed in a blast on a main street in Cairo on Friday, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

Report: Turkey starts operation against high-ranking Gulen followers

Turkish police began an operation Thursday to arrest a number of high-ranking followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen, the country's Anadolu news agency reported.

Top NATO officer: 150 Turkish officers recalled, retired after coup

About 150 Turkish officers, some responsible for training others, were recalled or retired from NATO high command in the wake of a July coup attempt, US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti told reporters on Wednesday.

Fishermen recover 50 bodies from lake in eastern Congo

Congolese fishermen have recovered about 50 bodies floating on a lake in the north-east, officials and civil society activists said on Wednesday.

UN expert: Torture widespread after Turkey coup, overcrowded jails

Torture and abuse were "widespread" in Turkey in the immediate aftermath of the failed coup attempt in July, a UN expert warned on Friday while cautioning that prisons and police holding cells were overcrowded.

Prosecutor files first indictment against soldiers over Turkish coup

An Istanbul prosecutor filed a first indictment to a Turkish court over the failed July 15 coup, accusing 62 soldiers of involvement in the attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Monday.

Militias kill at least 30 in east DRC ethnic clashes

A rebel militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 30 people in a Sunday morning attack, according to officials and non-governmental organisations.

Erdogan hints state-of-emergency may be extended by three months

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Saturday that Turkey's sweeping state-of-emergency could be extended by an additional three months when the current period expires in January.

Turkey to reinstate some 6,000 teachers who were suspended by decree

Turkey will reinstate some 6,000 teachers who were suspended in recent months by decree, under the country's sweeping state-of-emergency laws, according to a key teachers' union citing letters dispatched to the local governor's offices.

Erdogan warns EU he can open border crossings to refugees

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey can open its borders with the European Union and allow refugees to cross, thereby threatening to reignite Europe's refugee crisis should it provoke Ankara further.

Pygmy attacks kill 30 in Congo village

Thirty people have been killed in attacks by Pygmy militiamen against a village in north-eastern Congo, officials said Thursday.

EU Parliament votes to freeze Turkey membership talks

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing the EU's membership negotiations with Turkey.

Germany urges dialogue as Turkey belittles EU vote on membership bid

An upcoming vote by EU lawmakers on Turkey's EU membership bid weighed on the minds of the leaders of Germany and Turkey on Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for dialogue and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissing the vote.

EU lawmakers in favour of suspending EU membership talks with Turkey

EU lawmakers appeared to form a broad majority on Tuesday in favour of temporarily freezing EU membership talks with Turkey.

More than 15,000 fired in new wave of mass dismissals in Turkey

A new wave of mass dismissals and shuttering of associations hit Turkey on Tuesday, as the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced 9,977 members of the security forces and 5,419 civil servants were being fired.

NATO chief: Turkish alliance soldiers seeking asylum in other nations

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Turkish soldiers in the military alliance have sought asylum in other countries amid a government crackdown following an attempted coup.

Dozens detained at Istanbul university in post coup crackdown

Police detained at least 73 academics at Yildiz Teknik University in Istanbul on Friday as part of an ongoing crackdown in the wake of the July coup attempt by a faction in the military.

Turkish government takes over four additional Kurdish municipalities

Turkey's central government took control over four additional Kurdish municipalities in the restive south-east of the country on Thursday, raising to 34 the number of local governments in the region under Ankara's rule.

Turkish NATO soldiers apply for asylum in Germany

Several Turkish soldiers stationed at a NATO airbase in Ramstein, Germany, have applied for asylum in that country, the head of the local administration said on Wednesday.

Turkey keeps pro-Kurdish party leader jailed, detains more officials

A Turkish court ruled Wednesday against releasing the co-leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, who was arrested this month, as more officials affiliated with the movement were placed under detention.

Turkey returns some suspended police to posts, seeks to expand army

Turkey is returning 3,181 suspended security officials to their posts, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday, as the country continues to deal with the fallout of a coup attempt.

Erdogan wants referendum on EU bid if no progress by year end

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Monday that he will wait until the end of the year to see if there is progress on accession talks with the European Union, otherwise he could put the matter to a referendum.

Human Rights Watch warns on "alarming" closures of Turkish societies

Turkey has shuttered several key children's charities, human rights groups and women's associations, in what a Human Rights Watch researcher called on Monday an "alarming" development that could signal a new wave of crackdowns.

25,000 Alevis and Kurds demonstrate against Erdogan in Cologne

Some 25,000 followers of the Alevi branch of Islam and ethnic Kurds took to the streets of the western German city of Cologne on Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Report: Germany granting few Turks asylum amid crackdown

Turkish citizens fleeing the post-coup purge and crackdown on Kurds in their country this year have had slim chances receiving asylum in Germany, migration officials said on Saturday.

EU official: Turkey must decide if it is serious about EU membership

Turkish backsliding on issues of rule of law and fundamental rights raise questions about Ankara's desire to join the European Union, the bloc's top official for membership talks said Wednesday, as the bloc issued its latest progress report.

EU adds six Crimean lawmakers to Ukraine sanctions list

The European Union has imposed sanctions on six Crimean lawmakers voted into the Russian parliament, bringing the overall number of people hit with Ukraine-related travel bans and asset freezes to 152, it announced Wednesday.

Erdogan files libel charges against opposition leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed charges against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition centre-left People's Republican Party (CHP), for "serious libel," Kilicdaroglu's spokesman told dpa by telephone on Tuesday.

EU willing to continue Turkey membership talks, despite crackdown

The European Union is willing to continue its political engagement with membership candidate Turkey, despite its "grave concern" over the latest clampdown on opposition media and politicians, the bloc said in a statement Tuesday.

Germany open to granting Turks political asylum, minister says

The German government is open to granting asylum to Turks facing persecution from the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a high-ranking official in the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Turkey detains further pro-Kurdish HDP lawmaker

Another lawmaker from Turkey's largest opposition party HDP has been detained, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in Ankara on Monday, as the government continues its crackdown on dissent.

Luxembourg minister sees shades of Nazi tactics in Turkey's behaviour

The Turkish government's method of shutting down opposition is on par with the way the Nazis sidelined criticism in 1930s and 1940s Germany, said Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn in comments to a German radio broadcaster Monday.

Erdogan rejects international criticism over opposition arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rejected international criticism of his government over the arrest of politicians from the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Pro-Kurdish party to boycott Turkish parliament after arrests

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Sunday said it would boycott parliamentary meetings following the arrests of its lawmakers.

Kurds protesting in Germany call for resistance to Erdogan

Kurdish demonstrators gathered in Cologne Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just one day after a group of pro-Kurdish politicians were arrested in Turkey.

Turkey formally arrests nine from opposition paper Cumhuriyet

Nine journalists, staff members and executives from Turkish opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet were formally arrested by a court pending trial, on terrorism-related charges, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Egyptian judge survives car bombing in Cairo

A judge who is currently hearing cases involving followers of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood survived an assassination attempt in Cairo, a security official said.

Turkey sacks 1,200 more security personnel accused of coup links

Over 1,200 personnel from the gendarmerie in Turkey have been sacked, some three and a half months after a failed coup led to a widespread purge of public officials, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Turkish opposition paper after detentions: "We will not surrender"

Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet vowed "We will not surrender" on its masthead on Tuesday, a day after at least 11 staff members and executives, including the editor-in-chief, were detained as part of alleged anti-terrorism measures.

Turkey jails journalists in crackdown on opposition Cumhuriyet paper

Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief and 10 journalists and executives of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on Monday, amid an intensifying crackdown in the country that increasingly targets dissidents.

Turkey detains 45 military pilots on coup-related charges

Turkey detained 45 airforce pilots on Thursday on charges connected to the July military coup, while a further 28 pilots are being sought, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

HRW: Turkish government tolerating torture under state of emergency

Turkey is turning a blind eye to torture practices under the country's current state of emergency, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Tuesday.

Turkey reports more than 35,000 in detention after coup attempt

There are more than 35,000 people in detention in Turkey more than three months after this year's attempted coup, says Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, noting that a further 4,000 remain under investigation.

Key Egyptian army officer shot dead in Cairo

A senior Egyptian army officer was killed in Cairo on Saturday, state television reported.

UN report blames Congo authorities for 48 deaths at recent protests

Congo's security forces killed at least 48 people during three days of protests in September in Kinshasa, a UN report said Friday.

Turkey arrests brother of wanted cleric Gulen

Authorities in western Turkey have arrested the brother of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States and is blamed by Ankara for a coup attempt, news agency DHA reported on Tuesday.
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