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    Turkey Purges Ranks of Dissenters After Failed Coup

    Funerals have begun for the hundreds killed in this weekend’s attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who told mourners that Turkey must “cleanse the virus from all state institutions.” That appears to include arresting 6,000 people, suspending 8,000 police officers and possibly reinstating the death penalty, despite the EU urging restraint. Erdogan’s blaming the failed mutiny on cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who now lives in exile in Pennsylvania, and is calling for Gulen to be returned to Turkey — putting pressure on the U.S., which depends on Turkish military bases.

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