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Turkey Says U.S. Indictment of Former Minister Amounts to "Coup Attempt"

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday its former economy minister, indicted in the United States for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran, acted within international law and that charges against him amounted to a coup attempt through American courts. Former minister Zafer Caglayan “has protected Turkey’s interests as Turkish economy minister, and has acted within the laws of our country and international laws while doing that,” government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.

Two Turkish-Americans Plead Not Guilty in Embassy Brawl

(VOA) -- Two Turkish-American men involved in a brawl at the Turkish Embassy earlier this year pleaded not guilty to assault charges in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Thursday. Sinan Narin of Virginia and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey faced charges of felony aggravated assault as well as making assault threats. Court documents from Thursday indicate the men both entered pleas of not guilty and asked for a jury trial.

Turkey's Syrian Refugees Carve Out Their Own Opportunities

Gaziantep, Turkey - A group of Syrian children already well versed in the language of despair now have a chance to learn a vocabulary of hope at the Excellence Education Centre in Turkey's Gaziantep. In a bright and colourful classroom, the kids enthusiastically recite some of the Turkish phrases they'll need in their new homeland from a curriculum designed by the centre's owner, Asmaa Joha. "When I would look into the eyes of Syrian children, I was feeling afraid," explains Asmaa. "I wondered how they would feel when they got older, and if I had done my duty and served them well as a teacher."

FETÖ Could 'Poison' US-Turkey Ties if US Doesn't Take Action

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned the U.S. authorities Thursday that the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) members residing in the country would "poison the Turkish-American cooperation." Speaking at a panel called "July 15 Coup Attempt: A Year After" at the Turkish Heritage Organization via conference call, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey was trying to clean the FETÖ factions that had infiltrated all institutions of the government, however, "the crime ring carries on activity through its schools, businesses and lobbying on global level."

Ex-Ambassador: Don’t Do Prisoner Swap Deal With Turkey’s Erdogan

(CNSNews.com) – A former U.S. ambassador to Turkey is urging the Trump administration not to consider swapping a Turkish businessman facing Iran sanctions-busting charges in the U.S. with an American pastor incarcerated in Turkey for nine months. The pastor is accused of having links to “terrorists.” While exchanging Turkish-Iranian financier Reza Zarrab for Protestant pastor Andrew Brunson may hold appeal for the administration, Eric Edelman wrote in a Washington Post column, “a trade would be a grave mistake.”

Amid US-Turkey Tensions, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Meets Turkish Leaders

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Turkish leaders in Istanbul on issues ranging from Syria to last year's failed coup. After arriving from Ukraine, Tillerson met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday and later held talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officials on both sides said. No statement was issued after the late night talks at the Istanbul residence of Erdogan by the Bosphorus. Tillerson, the former chief executive of energy giant Exxon Mobil, earlier addressed the opening ceremony of the World Petroleum Congress, notably mentioning the defeat of last year's failed coup against Erdogan.

Lawyer: Giuliani, Ex-attorney General Work for Reza Zarrab

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In this combination of file photos, then Attorney General Michael Mukasey, left, speaks at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Dec. 16, 2008 and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. A judge has been told that Mukasey and Giuliani are working for Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. The judge had asked for clarification this week after prosecutors asked him to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, left, and Carolyn Kaster, Files)
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and an ex-U.S. attorney general were hired by a Turkish businessman charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, but don't expect to see them in court, a lawyer told a judge handling the case on Thursday. Attorney Benjamin Brafman, representing businessman Reza Zarrab, said neither Giuliani nor Michael Mukasey will be in court because they are serving in an ancillary role related to the prosecution. He said Giuliani, the city's Republican mayor from 1994 to 2001, and Mukasey aren't involved in trial preparation or plea discussions.

The Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

Image By Ali Cinar- Washington,DC -  U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has invited 68 Minister of Foreign Affairs & Senior Leaders for a Special Meeting that was held in Washington, DC on March 22nd. The objective of the  Meeting was to accelerate  global efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria The meeting also highlighted specific ways the Coalition can effectively collaborate to defeat ISIS internationally.
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