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A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said. An Ankara court remanded Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is accused of masterminding the coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Balik is a prominent figure who was the chief foreign policy advisor to Gul, who served as president from 2007 to 2014 before handing over to Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The new unity government of Youssef Chahed won resounding support from parliament, approving a new cabinet line-up which must tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges. After a long day of debate, the country's legislature overwhelmingly approved Chahed's line up, with 167 votes in favour, 22 against and five abstentions. The handover between Chahed and his predecessor, former prime minister Habib Essid, will happen on Monday, Fathalli said.
Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month. The three bodies were retrieved after police staged an hour-long gun battle with extremists in Narayanganj, a city 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Dhaka, officers said. "Tamim Chowdhury is dead.