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Turkey extends state of emergency by further three months

Turkey extends state of emergency by further three months

Thousands of people are participating in marches in Istanbul and Ankara this weekend.

Turkey's main opposition party says the government is blocking a full investigation into last summer's failed coup attempt.

The president, who supports the return of capital punishment, promised to sign such a measure if parliament passed it, though the current make up of the legislature makes that unlikely. Erdogan foes assert that the president's use of emergency powers to purge the government is itself a "controlled coup".

Cellphone users making calls on the first anniversary of Turkey's failed coup heard a message from the nation's president conveying them his good wishes.Omer Fatih Sayan, the head of the information and communications authority, confirmed that President Recep Tayyip's Erdogan recorded message was being played before the calls.

Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges
That rule says that a player may receive a "suspension for one competition match or a specified period for provoking spectators". Griffiths' yellow card was one of five which Celtic received and the UEFA charge confirms that it will not be revoked.

Turkey declared the state of emergency on July 20, 2016 and extended it for the fourth time after the coup attempt of July 15, 2016 which Ankara believes was organised by the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government says the reason to maintain the state of emergency is to fight against terror threats, primarily against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which it accuses of staging last year's coup attempt.

Since emergency rule was imposed on July 20 previous year, more than 50,000 people have been arrested and 150,000 people have been suspended in a crackdown which Erdogan's opponents say has pushed Turkey on a path to greater authoritarianism.

The structure is situated at a park near the foot of the Bosporus Bridge, which has since been renamed the "Martyr's Bridge" to pay homage to people who were killed there while resisting the coup.


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