Turkish authorities have stormed the headquarters of a media group critical of President Recep Tayipp Erdogan´s goverment. The raid comes just days before Sunday´s parliamentary elections in Turkey.
Lawmakers have drafted a new law to punish "political commentators and intellectuals" for defaming historical symbols. Egypt has witnessed a widening crackdown on free expression with fresh arrests and raids.
The tightened security is a response to last New Year's Eve when shortly after midnight an IS militant attacked a nightclub. The gunman opened fire on a club in Istanbul killing 39 revelers.
In 2017 Turkish authorities arrested German citizens, Berlin threatened sanctions, and politicians in Ankara made comparisons to the Nazis. Now German-Turkish tensions appear to have eased. Is it a sign of hope?
Turkish authorities will not allow New Year celebrations at Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square for security reasons, state media reported Wednesday, quoting local officials.
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