Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after coup

Turkey will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday as the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month’s attempted coup burden overstretched jails. The reform, extending an existing probation scheme, was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday in two new decrees under a state of emergency declared after the July 15 failed putsch during which 240 people were killed. The government gave no reason for the reform. Turkey’s Western allies worry President Tayyip Erdogan is using the…

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Turkey PM accuses Russia of acting as ‘terrorist organisation’

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday accused Russia of acting as a “terrorist organisation” in Syria and vowed to deliver a robust response. “If Russia continues behaving like a terrorist organisation and forcing civilians to flee, we will deliver an extremely decisive response,” Davutoglu said through an official translator during a visit to Kiev. Tensions between Russia and Turkey have soared over Moscow’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s intense air campaign against what it claims are “terrorist” targets in its allied Middle Eastern state. Turkey has…

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