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Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.The court agreed an earlier request by prosecutors for the arrest notice but it remains to be seen if the United States will show any interest in extraditing him to face trial on terrorism charges in Turkey.The warrant was issued after the court earlier remanded in custody the head of a national TV network and three former police officers -- all of whom are deemed linked to Gulen -- on terrorism charges.Samanyolu TV chief Hidayet Karaca was placed under arrest on charges of forming a terrorist group, after being detained with over two dozen others in weekend raids on journalists, scriptwriters and police accused of plotting to overthrow Erdogan.The court however ordered the release of Ekrem ...

Long road to recovery for injured in east Ukraine DONETSK: Sitting up with difficulty in her hospital bed, Raisa Bulda says that despite months of treatment she still feels like she is only just beginning her recovery.It was back in August that a shell tore through her home on the edge of rebel bastion Donetsk in eastern Ukraine and left her screaming for help in a pool of blood. But it was last week that she finally had a full operation on her shattered ...
Belgium nuclear plant restarted after sabotage BRUSSELS: One of Belgium's seven nuclear reactors came back on line Friday, four and a half months after a mysterious sabotage caused its closure, the plant's operator Electrabel said on Friday.The Doel 4 reactor in northern Belgium was shut urgently in August after a leak, caused by tampering, gushed out 65,000 litres of oil lubricant.A steam turbine weighing 1,700 tonnes was severely damaged in the incident, requiring a 30-million-euro ($37-million) repair job that was carried ...
Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief ISTANBUL: A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, was to be freed but Samanyolu TV (STV) chief Hidayet Karaca was placed under arrest after they were detained in weekend raids of suspects accused of plotting to overthrow President Recep ...
Russian prosecutors seek 10-year term for Kremlin critic Navalny MOSCOW: Russian prosecutors Friday called for leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of more than half a million dollars.Presenting their closing arguments in a Moscow district court the prosecutors called for the 38-year-old lawyer to be sent to a prison colony if convicted, Russian news agencies reported. Navalny, a charismatic anti-corruption campaigner who has rallied opposition to President Vladimir Putin, ...
EU needs long-term Russia strategy lasting 'years': Tusk BRUSSELS: New EU president Donald Tusk said Thursday the bloc needs a strategy on Russia lasting years, not just weeks or months, to cope with the problems raised by its intervention in Ukraine."We need a long perspective strategy... plans for years. We need to be realistic, we have to treat this as a long-term game," Tusk said after chairing his first European Union leaders summit, which reviewed relations with Russia."We must go beyond being reactive ...
German medics report on drug success for Ebola patient PARIS: German doctors on Friday gave details of how an experimental drug together with advanced intensive care helped save a Ugandan physician who had been airlifted from Sierra Leone with Ebola.A prototype drug called FX06, designed to stop haemorrhage, was given to the patient after the doctors got special authorisation from their hospital's ethics committee, they reported in The Lancet."Even though the patient was critically ill, we were able to support him long enough for ...


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