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Turkey bans academics from foreign travel - state broadcaster
July 20, 2016 / 8:01 AM / a year ago

Turkey bans academics from foreign travel - state broadcaster

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s High Board of Education has banned all academics from travelling abroad until further notice, state-run broadcaster TRT reported on Wednesday, after an abortive military coup prompted a wide-ranging purge of state institutions.

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish national flags during a pro-government demonstration on Taksim square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

The report, which provided no details about the ban, came a day after the board ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities across Turkey. In a separate move on Tuesday the education ministry also revoked the licences of 21,000 teachers working in private institutions.

The government has accused a U.S.-based Muslim cleric of masterminding the attempted coup, in which more than 230 people were killed. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the accusation.

Reporting by Istanbul bureau; Writing by Gareth Jones

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