Turkey issues detention orders for 34 former state TV personnel

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Turkey is set to extend the state of emergency on July 18 after an advisory decision of the country's top security board, the prime minister said, as the Turkish people are set to mark the first anniversary of the bloody coup attempt.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might receive an arrest warrant from Sweden after the European lawmakers filed a complaint against the Turkish leader, accusing him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

One year later, Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and a keystone of security in one of the world's most unstable regions, remains entrenched in a state of emergency that grants its president the power to arrest suspected plotters en masse, crack down on dissenters and journalists who "insult" the government and unilaterally issue decrees without parliamentary approval.

Authorities hold Gulen, a US-based Turkish preacher, and his supporters in the state responsible for orchestrating last July's failed coup attempt.

Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who is Family and Social Policies Minister, said Turkey's fight against terrorism was important not only for her country but for Europe and beyond as well.

The emergency measure had been brought in after the coup attempt and was about to expire on Wednesday. "They try to make robots out of genuine people", he said.

A former Istanbul governor was among those dismissed.

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Ravza Kavakci, deputy chair of President Erdogan's AK Party, said the events would be about more than mourning the dead.

In the 12 months since then, a state of emergency had been in place across the country.

The government had stated that it was Fethullah Gulen's disciples in the armed forces who had waged a campaign of terror on the night of July 15 and that his role in it deserved everyone's attention. It is one of the many works to keep the memory of the martyrs alive.

"The rumors aren't true at all", the 79-year-old cleric said in an interview with Reuters.

"The EU is not indispensable for us".

Mr Erdogan said the majority of Turks did not "want the European Union anymore" and believed its approach to Turkey was "insincere".

"Right after this failed coup they just brought this issue up once again, and by they, I mean the government", Professor Balaban told Sky News.

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