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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 Tayyip Erdogan.Seven other suspects in the case were ordered released by the court in Istanbul while three more -- all police officers -- were also remanded in custody.Both the Zaman newspaper and the STV channel are linked to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim cleric living the United States, who was once a strong supporter of Erdogan but has turned into his arch foe.Erdogan accuses Gulen of running a "parallel state" and being behind sensational corruption ...

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 ...
EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns BRUSSELS: The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.Leaders at a summit in Brussels also called for the urgent launch of a huge 315-billion-euro ($380-billion) investment plan aimed at kick-starting Europe's economy, although there were no pledges of hard cash.As the EU agreed new sanctions against Crimea, which was annexed by ...
Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande BRUSSELS: Peace talks between Ukraine's leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels could take place Sunday or Monday in the Belarussian capital Minsk in the presence of Russian and OSCE envoys, French President Francois Hollande said.These talks will "happen on Sunday or Monday," Hollande said after an EU summit on Thursday, referring to the peace talks that will take place between the rebels and the Ukrainian government delegates in Minsk.Hollande said that he, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian ...
Russia's Putin invites Sistema's Yevtushenkov for meeting MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he had invited the chairman of conglomerate Sistema to a meeting he plans to hold with Russian business before the end of the year.Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed from house arrest on Wednesday, Interfax reported. He had been held on charges of money laundering connected to a deal to acquire a stake in oil company Bashneft. That stake has been returned to the state.Putin told his annual end-of-year ...


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