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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet with Turkish and Muslim American community leaders, advocates in NYC

The Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) will host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a meeting with Turkish American and Muslim American community leaders and advocates at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on September 21, 2017. This speaking event will follow the Turkish President’s meeting with Jewish American leaders. TASC is expecting more than 2500 delegates and community members to attend.

President Erdogan Tells BBC: EU Wastes Turkey's Time

Turkey will find it "comforting" if the EU says it cannot be accepted as a member, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the BBC. Speaking to HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi, he said Turkey was "able to stand on its own two feet". He also denied the country had jailed 150 journalists, saying only two people with press cards were in prison. Meanwhile, Turkey extended the detention of the local director of Amnesty International and nine others. Idil Eser was detained on 5 July during a digital security and information management workshop, along with seven other rights activists and two foreign trainers. The 10 are accused of being members of an "armed terrorist organisation" - although Amnesty says it is unclear which one. Their detention has raised alarm internationally, increasing fears that freedom of expression is being suppressed under President Erdogan.

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