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Bosporus Bridge to be renamed after attempted coup

Turkey's military blocked access to the Bosporus Bridge on July 15, 2016. Credit: Depo Photos / PA

Istanbul's famous Bosporus Bridge will be renamed to honour the civilians who died resisting Turkey's coup attempt, prime minister Binali Yildirim has said.

The decision to name the bridge July 15th Martyr's Bridge, was taken after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Mr Yildrim also confirmed monuments will be built in Ankara and Istanbul to remember the civilians killed in the attempted coup.

The uprising on July 15 left 290 people dead. Many of those killed were supporters of the government who rushed onto the streets, with several killed on the bridge.

The government have detained over 13,000 people in the judiciary, military and other institutions following the foiled coup, as well as declaring a three-month state of emergency.


Arrest warrants issued for 42 journalists in Turkey

Soldiers and police are among those already detained. Credit: Reuters

Arrest warrants have been issued for 42 journalists in Turkey as authorities continue a crackdown in the wake of the failed coup earlier this month, private broadcaster NTV reported.

The broadcaster said well known commentator and former parliamentarian Nazli Ilicak was among those for whom a warrant was issued.

Soldiers, police, judges, teachers and civil servants are among more than 60,000 people who have been suspended, detained or placed under investigation since the attempted coup.

Turkey captures aide to cleric blamed for military coup bid

A key aide to the US-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed military coup has been captured by Turkish forces, a presidency official has said.

Fethullah Gulen has been blamed for the coup attempt Credit: Reuters

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Fethullah Gulen for the unsuccessful bid to overthrow the government, which Gulen has denied.

Halis Hanci, described as Gulen's "right-hand man", reportedly entered Turkey two days before the coup attempt began, the official said.

It comes just hours after his nephew Muhammed Sait Gulen was detained in Erzurum in northeastern Turkey.

Turkey detains nephew of US-based Muslim cleric

Turkish authorities have detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric accused of organising the failed military coup last week, according to state run media.

Fethullah Gellen, whose nephew has been detained in Turkey Credit: Reuters

Gulen, who denies any involvement in the coup, has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 1999 but has an extensive network of followers in Turkey and elsewhere.

His nephew Muhammed Sait Gulen was detained in Erzurum in northeastern Turkey, and will be taken to Ankara, the capital, for questioning.

Among possible charges that may be brought against him is membership of a terrorist organisation, state news agency Andalou reported.


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