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One injured in shooting outside Istanbul courthouse

Members of two feuding crime gangs have clashed outside Istanbul's main courthouse. Gunshots were heard and one person was injured in the fight, Turkish media reports. Television footage showed people inside the courthouse lying on …

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Kazakhstan's ex-Prime Minister released from prison

Former Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, convicted on corruption charges in December 2015, has been released from prison this morning. Akhmetov served almost 2 years in prison out of 10 years he was handed in …

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Drugs worth $3 million seized in Turkey

Turkey's anti-narcotics teams seized drugs worth $3 million at a yacht in the Aegean sea. Some 280 kilograms of drugs were seized in the operation.  The police said that seven people were detained during the …

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 Pigeons used to smuggle drugs seized in Iran

Police have seized 100 carrier pigeons in western Iran used to smuggle drugs. Anti-narcotics officers seized homing pigeons trained for delivering drugs carried in small blue plastic bags attached to their legs. "The …

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Ancient tapestry siezed in Turkey's Adana

An ancient tapestry depicting Jesus Christ was seized in Turkey's Adana province on Monday, a police source said, adding that the artifact was seized during a raid on a residential address in Seyhan district. The police found the …

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Unidentified gunman opens fire in Istanbul (VIDEO)

A man carrying a shotgun has climbed on a roof of a building located in Esenyurt district of Istanbul and opened fire, local media reports. A video of the alleged shooter has emerged in social media shortly after the initial reports. …

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Iran eases drug death penalty

Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could affect hundreds of inmates on death row in the conservative country. Under the new …

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Turkey intensifies fight against drug traffickers

Turkish police has continued counter-narcotics operations in the country. Seventeen suspects have been detained in Istanbul last week on suspicion of drug smuggling, the Daily Sabah reported. In Istanbul police raided the …

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Iranian soldier kills four fellow soldiers

An Iranian soldier opened fire on fellow soldiers at a military firing range south of Tehran on Sunday, killing four and wounding eight, the Iranian army said in a statement. The shooting took place in the town of Kahrizak, which is …

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Rouhani's brother released on bail - media

Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has been released on bail following his arrest on charges of financial crime, media reported. "The court has accepted the …

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Iran limits death penalty for drug traffickers

The Iranian parliament approved a bill on Sunday to limit death penalty for drug offenders. 182 out of 245 MPs present in the parliament voted in favor of the bill. The bill will be turned into a law when it is studied by …

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 Assailant kills police officer in Turkish court house

An unidentified assailant shot dead a police officer with a rifle before committing suicide with the same weapon in a court house in Turkey's northwestern province of Bursa on Tuesday. Anadolu agency reported with reference to …

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Man arrested for EXPO 2017 hoax bomb call

The Astana police arrested a native of south Kazakhstan who claimed there was a bomb planted at the EXPO exhibition, the press service of the department of internal affairs of Astana said. Currently the law enforcement officers are …

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Turkey sentences UN judge on 'terrorism' charges

Turkey has sentenced a UN war crimes judge Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay to 7 years and six months in prison on charges of "membership in a terrorist organization", an international court in the Hague said. Akay …

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