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139K books removed from 1,142 public libraries since failed coup: ministry
The operation is parto of the government’s post-coup crackdown. The books are subject to investigations because they were either written by Gülen and his followers or published by the publishing houses that were closed. Education Ministry destroyed 1.8 million copies that mention “Pennsylvania” or include texts from government-targeted journalists.
09/10/2017 09:37:00 TURKEY - UNITED STATES
US, Turkey Mutually Suspend Visa Services in Escalating Row
Diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul. The employee was remanded in custody on accusations of links to the group of US-based preacher Gulen, blamed by Ankara for last year's failed coup. Ties between Putin and Erdogan are getting stronger.
03/07/2012 PAKISTAN - UNITED STATES
New library dedicated to Dominican missionary inaugurated in Karachi
The new facility is named after Fr Chrys McVey, a US-born US religious who spent 40 years in Pakistan. A man of the cloth and a scholar, he promoted dialogue with Islam at the theological level. Books preserve "human history" and are a means to "share" knowledge.
07/04/2009 TURKEY – UNITED STATES
In Turkey Obama turns the page but does not dispel every doubt
During his visit US president signals his support for Turkish membership in the European Union, the dialogue of civilisations and better relations with Islam. Armenian and Kurdish issues are put on the backburner. Some protests take place and some criticism is voiced.
17/05/2017 09:36:00 TURKEY - UNITED STATES
Erdogan and Trump relaunch US-Turkey friendship. Divisions over Kurds remain
The Turkish leader confirms his hostility towards Kurdish militias, which he terms "terrorist organizations". For Washington, they represent a key ally in the struggle against the Islamic State. The Turkish leader renews request for extradition of the Islamic preacher Gülen, considered mastermind of a coup.
09/02/2017 18:27:00 TURKEY – CHINA – UNITED STATES
CIA chief in Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict and Islamic State
Forty-eight hours after Trump and Erdoğan spoke, Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit in Turkey. Washington and Ankara are trying to restore relations after the tensions of recent years. The extradition of Islamic preacher Gülen is an obstacle. Trump sends letter to Xi Jinping expressing hope for "constructive" relations between Beijing and Washington.
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