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Turkey arrests UN judge, violating his diplomatic immunity

A Turkish judge trying crimes from the Yugoslav wars and the Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Turkey, in what is believed to be the first violation of a UN judge's diplomatic immunity.

The court's president Theodor Meron said Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay was arrested on September 21 in connection with July's coup attempt, and that Turkey had ignored his requests to visit him.

Meron said: "The UN Office of Legal Affairs has requested his release from detention and the cessation of all legal proceedings against him."


Turkey arrests nine from opposition newspaper

Turkey has ordered the formal arrest of nine executives and journalists from a leading opposition newspaper, broadcaster NTV reports.

Protesters held a demonstration against the detention of executives and journalists Credit: Reuters

The detention of the editor-in-chief and other senior staff from Cumhuriyet, a secularist title and one of the few media outlets still openly critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been slammed as "crossing a red line" against freedom of expression by the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

Prosecutors in Istanbul said the paper's staff are suspected of committing crimes on behalf of Kurdish militants, linked to a failed coup attempt in July when rogue soldiers tried to seize power.

The country has led a tough crackdown since then, with more than 110,000 people sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested. Some 170 newspapers, magazines, television stations and news agencies have also been shut down, leading to protests in support of journalists.

The operation has alarmed allies in the West and rights groups alike, who fear Erdoğan is using the coup to purge all dissent from Turkey - a NATO member which is applying to be a member of the European Union.

These fears were amplified on Friday, when Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the main pro-Kurdish opposition party, sparking strong international condemnation.

Turkish army hits 71 so-called Islamic State targets in Syria

A rebel fighter stands near a Turkish tank as it fires towards a village. Credit: Reuters

The Turkish army said it had hit 71 so-called Islamic State targets in Syria in the last 24 hours, intensifying strikes against the group which has claimed responsibility for the latest bomb attack in southeast Turkey.

Five IS fighters were killed in the strikes, along with five Turkey-backed rebels and one Turkish soldier, the army said in its statement.

It said coalition forces conducted five air strikes, killing another eight so-called Islamic State militants.

Turkey is backing a group of Syrian Arabs in northern Syria in its Euphrates Shield operation which has swept IS from its southern border.

IS claim responsibility for deadly Turkey car bomb

So-called Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a car bomb in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir that left eight dead and more than 100 wounded.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday in the immediate aftermath of the attack that Kurdish militants were responsible for the blast, and that one member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was killed.

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