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Turkey shuts down media after coup

Turkey on Wednesday said it was discharging 149 generals and ordering the closure of dozens of media outlets, in the next phase of its controversial crackdown in the wake of the failed coup.

Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

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Turks back Erdogan

Thousands took to the streets of Turkey in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after authorities crushed a military coup that claimed at least 265 lives.

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RUDE AWAKENING

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RUDE AWAKENING

Gilas Pilipinas struggled against a tall and highly physical Turkey side as the national team suffered a lopsided 103-68 defeat in a tune up match early Thursday (Philippine time) at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul.

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Scouting Turks ahead of game

A couple of hours before the face-off between the Philippines and world No. 5 France at the start of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena, inaugural action will fire off when No. 8 Turkey and No. 26 Canada draw the curtains in the OQT that will decide which of six teams gets passage to Rio de Janeiro in August.

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POPE Francis sought to give new life to his efforts to help Syrian refugees when he visited the Greek island of Lesbos some two weeks ago, then brought back with him to the Vatican 12 Syrians in three families. The three families had fled Syria for Turkey, then set out for Greece across the Aegean Sea, and reached Lesbos where they found hundreds of other refugees all seeking to move on to central Europe.

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