Turkey expels nearly 1,400 personnel from armed forces: Anadolu

Turkish soldiers march during a Republic Day ceremony in Istanbul, TurkeyBy Ayla Jean Yackley and Seyhmus Cakan ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - The Turkish government dismissed nearly 1,400 military personnel for suspected links to a cleric it blames for an attempted coup, state media said on Sunday, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan announced sweeping changes to the armed forces. The expulsions are the latest attempt by Erdogan to bring Turkey's military - long seen as the guardians of the secular republic - firmly under government control. On Saturday he said he planned to shut down existing military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the Defence Ministry.



Turkey says to include more government ministers in top military body

Turkey will add more ministers to its supreme military council, the government said in its official gazette on Sunday, adding that deputy prime ministers, and the heads of the justice, interior and foreign affairs ministries would become members. The move is the latest in a series of steps taken by President Tayyip Erdogan to rein in the power of the armed forces following the failed July 15-16 coup, which saw a faction of the military attempt to topple the government.
Over 2.5 million pilgrims at pope fest finale in Poland

Pope Francis looks on during a mass in the Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, near Krakow on July 31, 2016 at the end of the World Youth DayPope Francis celebrated mass Sunday with over 2.5 million pilgrims in a vast sun-drenched field, wrapping up a emotionally charged trip to Poland which took him to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. Francis whipped out technology metaphors for today's chat and app-happy pilgrims, telling them to "download the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary".



Attack by extremists on police center in Somalia kills 5

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Extremists in Somalia attacked a heavily fortified police center in the capital Sunday, killing at least five people before security forces ended the assault, police said.
Large pro-Erdogan rally planned in German city of Cologne

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to demonstrate in the German city of Cologne amid heavy police presence.


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