Turkey Aims New Crackdown at Journalists, Academics, Airline Workers
Turkey targeted journalists, academics and airline workers Monday in its ongoing crackdown on people allegedly linked to the exiled Muslim cleric it says directed the failed military coup against the Ankara government.
Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists, took 31 academics into custody and fired 211 workers at Turkish Airlines.
Turkey also detained three fugitive soldiers on suspicion of taking part in an attack on a hotel in the Aegean Sea resort of Marmaris where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was vacationing when the putsch unfolded on July 15. Erdogan has said that if he waited 15 minutes more before fleeing the hotel he would have been killed or taken hostage. Four other soldiers are still on the run.
State-run news agency Anadolu said prominent writer Nazli Ilicak is among the journalists wanted for questioning. He has been critical of Erdogan and opposed his government clampdown on followers of Fethullah Gulen, the 75-year-old cleric who has been living in the eastern U.S. state of Pennsylvania since 1999.
Ankara has blamed Gulen for the uprising that left about 290 people dead and demanded his extradition. Washington says it is considering documents Turkey sent about Gulen's alleged involvement in the failed coup, but has made no commitment to return him.
Nearly 20 People Killed in Knife-Wielding Attack at Disabled Facility in Japan
At least 19 people are dead after a man went on a knife-wielding rampage at a facility for disabled adults outside Tokyo Tuesday, making it Japan's worst mass killings in its post-World War Two era.
Authorities in the city of Sagamihara, located about 50 kilometers west of Tokyo, say 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu broke into a first floor window of the facility in the pre-dawn hours and began stabbing people. Uematsu later turned himself into the police and admitted to carrying out the attack. Several knives were found in his car, at least one of them stained with blood. News reports say he was angry about being fired from his job at the facility.
At least 20 others were wounded in the attack.
Mass killings are rare in Japan, which has some of the world's strictest gun-control laws, and typically involve stabbings. Eight children were stabbed to death at their school in the city of Osaka in 2001, while seven people were killed in Tokyo's electronics Akihabara district in 2008 when a man drove a truck into a crowd of shopper and stabbed passers-by.