Turkish police raid businesses allegedly linked to Gulen

Turkish police launched a vast operation Thursday targeting businesses suspected of financing US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding last month’s attempted coup, media reported. Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 187 suspects including CEOs as part of the operation in the country’s economic capital of Istanbul and[…]

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Turkey detains top Gulen aide after coup attempt

Turkish authorities detained on Saturday a key aide to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric Turkey blames for a failed military coup attempt. Halis Hanci, described as Gulen’s right-hand man, apparently entered Turkey two days before the abortive coup, a presidency official told reporters. Earlier on Saturday, Turkish authorities also[…]

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Burundi: A ticking timebomb

A failed coup and a president embarking on his third term in office in Burundi have escalated violence in the country. The African Union (AU) has said that there may be “catastrophic consequences” for Burundi and the region if political differences are not resolved peacefully. Hundreds of thousands of people[…]

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Burkina rivals stand-off ahead of mediation mission

The elite soldiers behind a coup in Burkina Faso defied an ultimatum on Tuesday to surrender to regular troops loyal to the government, leading to a stand-off in the capital as they awaited a mediation mission by regional presidents. Loyalist forces marched into Ouagadougou overnight saying they would disarm the[…]

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Burundi arrests three in connection with coup attempt

Loyalist troops in Burundi have arrested at least three leaders of a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza, a presidential spokesman said. Gervais Abayeho said those arrested on Friday were two army generals, including former Defence Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, and a police general. Major-General Godefroid Niyombare, who led the coup[…]

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