• In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, Uygar Ozdemir, 36, high school sports teacher speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Istanbul. Teachers caught up in one of biggest dragnets in Turkish history as government seeks to root out followers of Islamic cleric it blames for coup attempt. Ozdemir had been suspended from his job in an Istanbul school, accused of providing financial support for a terrorist organization and promoting the organization on social media. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Suspended Turkish teachers caught up in post-coup crackdown

    ISTANBUL (AP) — It was a notice received by tens of thousands of professionals in the aftermath of Turkey’s failed coup, and one that profoundly shocked Uygar Ozdemir.

  • U.S Vice President Joe Biden, left, waves after he was greeted by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Biden has arrived in Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders as Turkey launched a military operation to clear a Syrian border town of Islamic State militants. The visit comes at a difficult time for ties between the two NATO allies.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Turkey to repeat Gulen extradition demand during US VP visit

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Wednesday he planned to demand the extradition of the cleric accused of masterminding last month’s failed coup during his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

  • FILE: In this Aug. 2014 file photo, worshippers gather at the Nizamiye Mosque for prayers after celebrating Eid in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Turkey has launched an international campaign to shut schools and foundations linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim preacher that it blames for an attempted coup last month. Some Erdogan supporters also criticized the Nizamiye mosque north of Johannesburg, a soaring structure built with the funds of a Gulen backer. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, file)

    Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.