Turkish court grants release of local Amnesty International chair

first_img“Whilst we rejoice at this decision, our celebrations will only truly begin when he is safely back at home in the arms of his wife and daughters,” Amnesty International Secretary-General Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.News of his release also comes amid deteriorating relations between Ankara and Washington over the arrest of an American pastor and charges against several U.S. officers at the İncirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. The conflict has resulted in an escalating trade standoff, with Turkey announcing Wednesday it would raise tariffs on U.S. cars, alcohol and tobacco. A court in Istanbul granted the release of Amnesty International Turkey’s chair, Taner Kılıç, the human rights group said Wednesday.Kılıç was detained and jailed in June last year, and still faces charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. Turkish prosecutors accuse him of downloading a messaging app they say is linked to supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claims organized the failed 2016 military coup.In January, a Turkish court had initially ordered his release, but then reversed the decision and kept him in detention.last_img read more

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USC women’s soccer advances on penalty kicks

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For the second Friday in a row, No. 18 South Carolina went to penalty kicks in an NCAA Tournament match.This time, the No. 3 seeded Gamecocks (13-5-5) claimed the shootout, 2-1, over Seattle (15-4-3) to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for the second time in school history.With senior All-American keeper Sabrina D’Angelo out due to injury, freshman Abbey Crider stepped in to make two crucial saves in penalty kicks.South Carolina saw one of their best chances of the match on a corner kick from the left side in the 65th minute. Chelsea Drennan served it into the box and connected with Taylor Leach. The shot went wide of the right post.On a corner kick with less than a minute left, the referee stopped the clock to issue yellow cards to both Leach and Seattle’s Isabelle Butterfeld. The caution was Leach’s second of the day, leaving the Gamecocks to finish the match down a player.Seconds into the second overtime period, Seattle nearly ended everything. Seattle’s leading scorer Stephanie made another long run and unleashed a shot from range, but Crider dove to her right to make the save, and nine minutes later, the teams went to penalty kicks.The Gamecocks stayed with the same penalty kick order as last week’s shootout against Clemson, but the story was not the same. Down 0-1 after the first two rounds, Crider made a diving save to her right and Lindsey Lane converted to even the score, and the score was 1-all after four rounds.Crider made a spectacular save to her right on Stephanie Spiekerman’s chance and put the game on Drennan’s foot. This week She stepped up to the spot and powered a kick low and left to advance South Carolina to the Round of 16.last_img read more

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