Recep Erdogan

An attempted military coup is underway in Istanbul, Turkey, where martial law has been declared. Earlier, the Turkish armed forces announced it had taken "full control" of the government.

Turkish military officials have been jailed, and the armed forces shut down social media networks including Facebook, Twitter.com, and Youtube.com.

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Raif Baddawi

A Saudi blogger who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes received the first 50 of his 1,000 lashes today (Friday) in a public flogging that commenced after morning prayers outside a mosque in Jiddah.

London-based human rights group Amnesty International said Raif Baddawi will receive 50 lashes once a week for the next 20 weeks.

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