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Turkey Seeks up to 5 Years Jail for UK Academic over 'Terror Propaganda'

Turkish prosecutors have demanded up to five years jail for a British university lecturer based in Istanbul on charges of making "terror propaganda" for outlawed Kurdish militants, reports said Friday.

Chris Stephenson, who teaches computer science at Bilgi University in Istanbul, was briefly arrested in mid March while protesting outside the city's main courthouse over the detention of four Turkish academics who are being tried on similar charges.

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Suicide Bomber in Turkey's Bursa 'Linked to Kurdish Militants'

A female suicide bomber who blew herself up in the center of one of Turkey's most historic cities this week was linked to Kurdish militants and had also fought in Syria against jihadists, a report said Friday.

There was no fingerprint evidence available from the remains of the woman who blew herself up in front of a mosque in the former Ottoman capital of Bursa on Wednesday but she has now been identified after DNA testing, the Hurriyet daily said.

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New Brawl Erupts in Turkey Parliament as Tensions Surge

A meeting of a top committee at the Turkish parliament broke up in chaos on Thursday as deputies threw punches and jumped onto tables in a furious confrontation between ruling party and pro-Kurdish lawmakers.

The constitutional committee of parliament was meeting to discuss a government-backed plan to remove the parliamentary immunity of deputies that has already seen tensions surge.

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Turkish Journalists Get 2 Years Jail for Publishing Mohammed Cartoon

An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The sentence handed to columnists Hikmet Cetinkaya and Ceyda Karan, both columnists with the opposition Cumhuriyet daily, intensified alarm over press freedoms in Turkey under strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made Islam the cornerstone of his politics.

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Suicide Bomber Blows herself up in Turkish City of Bursa

A woman suicide bomber on Wednesday blew herself up in the Turkish city of Bursa, killing herself and wounding at least 10 people, local media reported.

The attack took place near the city's 14th century Grand Mosque, a historic symbol of the northwestern city, the private CNN-Turk television reported.

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Turkey PM Says Draft Constitution Will Guarantee Secularism

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed Wednesday that Turkey's draft constitution would guarantee secularism, after calls for a religious charter sparked controversy in the predominantly Muslim country.

"Secularism will feature in the new constitution we draft as a principle that guarantees citizens' freedom of religion and faith and that ensures the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups," Davutoglu said in a televised speech.

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Dutch FM Warns No Safety 'Guarantees' for Visitors to Turkey

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has warned the Netherlands cannot guarantee the safety of citizens traveling to Turkey if they have been critical of Turkish leaders.

The warning, made during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, comes as the Dutch government is working to lift a travel ban on Dutch-Turkish journalist Ebru Umar who was briefly arrested over the weekend for tweeting comments critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Six Turkish Sailors Abducted Off Nigeria Released

Six Turkish sailors kidnapped early this month from aboard their vessel off the coast of Nigeria have been released unhurt, a maritime consultancy firm said on Tuesday.

Pirates attacked the merchant tanker used for crude oil operations on April 11 while it was steaming through the oil-rich Niger Delta and seized the sailors, including the captain.

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Turkey Police Fire Tear Gas at Religious Constitution Protest

Turkish police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators who had gathered outside parliament to protest a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution.

Police broke up a group of more than 100 protesters, preventing them from making a press declaration outside the parliament in Ankara, an AFP photographer reported.

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Turkey to Use U.S. Rocket System in Fight against IS

Turkey has struck a deal with the United States to deploy American light multiple rocket launchers on its border with Syria to combat the Islamic State group, according to the foreign ministry.

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) "will be deployed on the Turkish border in May as part of an agreement" with Washington, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview published Tuesday.

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