ISTANBUL/ANKARA — Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria.
"This parallel terrorist organization will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the government has long alleged is a state within a state controlled by followers of Fethullah Gulen. more >>
School teachers in Britain have been told they can no longer call transgender students by the "he" or "she" pronouns, and will instead have to use students' pronoun of choice.
The Boarding Schools Association told staff they could use the gender neutral "zie" pronoun as an alternative, along with "they."
Alex Thompson, deputy chief executive of BSA, suggested that the new language guidelines will help schools that are "in the dark" regarding transgender issues. more >>
While news about Formula One Legend Michael Schumacher remains limited, his manager Sabine Kehm reveals that the condition of the racer remains difficult.
Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins has split from his wife, "Dr. Who" actress Lalla Ward, after 24 years of marriage, but has decided to keep the details of their divorce under wraps.
"Our marriage, like everyone's, is a private matter and we are not prepared to share any details. Suffice to say it is true that we recently separated entirely amicably," Dawkins and Ward announced in a joint statement shared with the Sunday Times.
"Obviously, this remains a difficult time, one which we simply will not discuss any further publicly. We would, however, like to stress that we shall always be friends and that we will, of course, continue to work together," they added. more >>
The next season of "Sherlock" could possibly be its last.
Leads Are High in Demand
Benedict Cumberbatch has become in demand in movies, so is Martin Freeman. He is said to be doing the mini-series out of loyalty to its supporters. Steven Moffat, one of the showrunners of the show, expressed his amazement that BBC Worldwide still managed to get Cumberbatch, who plays the famous detective, and Freeman, his trusted sidekick doctor, to do a fourth season. more >>
UPDATE: 9:50 AM ET: A total of 2,839 members of Turkey's military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.
Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that "our commanders" were in charge of the military. He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt. more >>