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Turkey corruption scandal: sons of 3 government ministers detained by police

Turkish police have detained at least 49 people in Istanbul and Ankara as part of a high-level corruption probe.<p>The sons of Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Economy Minister Yafer Caglayan and Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar were among those picked up in raids carried out by the financial …

In Turkey, Massive Graft Probe Targets Government Allies

By Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay<p>ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Five senior Turkish police officers have been sacked a day after scores of people close to government were detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, local media said on Wednesday, in an apparent power struggle shaking the …

The Political Future Of Turkey May Be Decided On This Quiet Road In Rural Pennsylvania

Before it's even begun, Turkey's 2014 is already looking rocky. For the first time, the country will hold direct presidential elections, and there is widespread speculation that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will run in a bid to extend his power beyond his term limits.<p>Erdogan has spent ten …

South Asia

Istanbul police chief dismissed after arrests in corruption case

Hüseyin Çapkin says he has been removed from post and recalled to Ankara, after allies of PM caught up in inquiry<p>Istanbul's most senior police official was dismissed on Thursday, days after police launched raids that detained dozens of people including the sons of three government ministers.<p>The …