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Turkey arrests parliamentarians from pro-Kurdish party

Eleven members of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) have been detained over their reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to "terrorist propaganda".

Police raided the house of co-leader Selahattin Demirtas and the house of co-leader Figen Yuksekdag, arresting the two co-leaders and nine other lawmakers.

Turkey accuses the HDP of having links to the Kurdish militant group PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU.


US consulate workers' families told to 'leave Istanbul'

The US State Department has reportedly ordered the families of American consulate workers to leave Istanbul amid 'security concerns'.

According to the Associated Press the State Department confirmed the Consulate General remains open but the decision to get workers' families to leave "is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent".

'Up to 200 YPG fighters killed' in Turkish airstrikes

Up to 200 fighters from the Syrian Kurdish militia have been killed in a series of airstrikes by Turkish jets, the country's army has said.

In a statement, Turkish army officials said 26 strikes were carried out on 18 YPG targets in northern Syria, hitting areas recently captured by the militant group.

Nine buildings were destroyed, along with one armoured vehicle and four other vehicles. The army said between 160 and 200 fighters were killed.

However, Syrian Kurdish leaders denied the figure, saying no more than 10 fighters had been killed.

Turkey formally entered the Syrian conflict in August, backing Free Syrian Army rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad in claiming territory held by the so-called Islamic State group.


Nearly 13,000 police suspended in Turkey after failed coup

There has been an ongoing crackdown in Turkey after the failed coup. Credit: Reuters

Turkish authorities have suspended 12,801 police officers from duty over suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network.

A statement from police headquarters said 2,523 of those removed were police chiefs.

The move was part of a continued crackdown after the attempted coup in the country, which Ankara blames Gulen for masterminding.

Since the failed coup, more than 100,000 civil servants, teachers, judges, prosecutors and other officials have been sacked or suspended.

Turkey extends state of emergency following failed coup

President Erdogan (l) blames Fethullah Gulen (r) over the coup. Credit: Reuters

A three-month state of emergency declared after Turkey's failed military coup has been extended by another three months.

The state of emergency was introduced on July 20, five days after the failed coup attempt which left at least 270 people dead.

The Turkish government accuses US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup, and the state of emergency has allowed the government to carry out a massive crackdown on his movement.

Turkey has arrested 32,000 people in connection with the coup, with tens of thousands of people dismissed or suspended from government jobs including the police, judiciary, and military.

Mr Gulen's brother was detained on Sunday.

According to Turkish media authorities had been searching for Kutbettin Gulen on charges of "membership in and leadership of a terrorist organisation".

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