Turkish Coup Collapses, Erdogan Reasserts Control: Saturday Wrap

  • Almost 200 killed, 2,800 soldiers arrested; preacher blamed
  • Trump talks about Trump at Pence debut; Hawaii deal wipes out

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking news stories from around the world:

The attempted military coup in Turkey collapsed as quickly as it arose, in less than a day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul early Saturday, and by late in the day more than 2,800 military personnel, including top generals, had been arrested. Almost 200 people were killed in the fighting as the government retook control.

One of Erdogan’s first acts after returning was to blame the attempted coup on a U.S.-based Islamic preacher and former ally, Fethullah Gulen, and demand he be extradited to Turkey. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would consider the evidence that Turkey presents.

The U.S., Germany and other NATO members voiced their support for Turkey’s government and urged Erdogan not to move closer to authoritarian rule. Meanwhile, Eight Turkish soldiers fled the scene in a helicopter, landing in Greece and seeking asylum. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who supported Erdogan during the crisis, said the asylum request would be considered, briefly.

Oil tankers are again moving through the Turkish Straits again after the failed coup briefing disrupted shipping.

The news from Turkey caught investors by surprise, taking the air out of a celebratory mood at the end of a week in which the S&P 500 set records and global stocks surged.

In France, authorities are still trying to figure out the background and motives of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the truck-driving Tunisian who killed 84 people in Nice on Thursday. The Islamic State said he was one of their “soldiers” but didn’t claim to have organized the attack.

Donald Trump made his first public appearance with his vice-presidential nominee, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, at a New York hotel ballroom two days before the start of the Republican National Convention. Trump spoke for half an hour, mostly about himself, before introducing Pence to the hand-picked audience.

The choice of Pence could complicate life for Trump supporters who manage money for the Indiana pension system, including Wilbur Ross, Stephen Feinberg and Tom Barrack.

NextEra Energy’s plan to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries was nixed by Hawaii regulators late Friday, which probably means the end for what would have been a $2.63 billion deal.

And the smash-hit video game Pokemon Go has the potential to revive Nintendo if it matches the peak 93 million daily active users recorded by Candy Crush, made by Activision’s King Digital.

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