Ayşegül Doğan has become the latest journalist in Turkey who was sentenced to prison by a court in a controversial case condemned by human rights groups. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has condemned the court’s decision.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — The tomb of the Kurdish Marwanid dynasty’s last ruler was lost to history, until it was rediscovered recently by a researcher in Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir. Now, Dr. Arafat Yaz is on a quest to have the historic figure’s final resting place officially recognized by the government.
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The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for more than six decades, but in recent years their relationship has been repeatedly strained by disputes. Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile-defense system is the source of the most serious conflict. Other topics of friction include a Turkish military offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia allied with the U.S. and a U.S. prosecution of one of Turkey’s biggest banks. The U.S. and Turkey run the two largest armies in NATO and affirm the need to maintain their alliance, but the quarrels have eroded trust on both sides.
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If the Iraqi government fails to pay state workers’ salaries in January, it could lead to widespread instability and violence. The United States and the international community must shore up Baghdad’s finances before it’s too late.
A Turkish court has sentenced journalist Ayşegül Doğan to six years and three months in prison on bogus charges that are related to her journalistic activities. "Unfortunately, this ruling shows what the judiciary has come to. I hope the appeals court will overturn it," one of her lawyers said.
Criticized by President and AKP Chair Erdoğan for saying that Selahattin Demirtaş and Osman Kavala should be released, Presidential High Advisory Board member Arınç, also a former Parliamentary Speaker from the AKP, has resigned from office.