Turkish coup d'état attempt

Turkish military helicopter lands in northern Greece; crew requests asylum

A Turkish military helicopter has landed in Alexandroupoli, northern Greece, the ANA-MPA news agency reported on Saturday, adding that its eight crew members are requesting political asylum.

Preliminary reports suggest the crew may belong to the faction of the Turkish armed forces that staged a coup on Friday night to topple Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in Turkey.

2,839 detained over coup attempt

A total of 2,839 soldiers have been detained over the charges of coup attempt, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said July 16 in a press briefing. 

There are high-ranking officers among the detained.

Broadcaster CNNTürk said four of them were generals and 29 of them were colonels.

Athens says it backs 'democratically elected government' in Turkey

Athens backs the "democratically elected government" in Turkey, government spokesperson Olga Gerovasili said early Saturday following the attempted military coup in the neighboring country.

Gerovasili added that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday.

Will Germany's Armenian resolution have the desired effect?

The rationale provided by German deputies, including those of Turkish origin, for supporting the non-binding parliamentary resolution in the Bundestag that refers to the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 as "genocide," is that this "will contribute to healing the wound between Turks and Armenians," and "will also help normalize ties between Turkey and Armenia."

Government supported 'Ergenekon' case, says Turkey's former military chief

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government supported the "Ergenekon" coup plot case between 2007 and 2011, according to Turkey's former military chief, ?lker Ba?bu?, who claimed the main actors behind the conspiracy were the sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. 

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