Turkey widens crackdown on suspects after failed coup

More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey’s government in the wake of last week’s failed coup.

The purge of those deemed disloyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened on Tuesday to include teachers, university deans and the media, whom government says they are allied to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of directing the uprising.

Turkey is pressing the US to extradite Mr Gulen and the issue was raised during a phone call between US President Barack Obama and President Erdogan on Tuesday

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has accused Turkey of carrying out “revenge” against its opponents and critics, warning this would end talks over Turkey joining the bloc.

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