Dozens of Turkish police detained over ‘anti-government plot’: media

Turkey's President Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 92nd anniversary of Victory Day at the Anitkabir mausoleum in AnkaraDozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said. Dozens of police have been remanded in custody since July on charges that they formed a criminal organization and bugged phones, part of what new President Tayyip Erdogan has described as a plot against him. The latest detentions came after Ahmet Davutoglu took over from Erdogan as prime minister last week following Erdogan’s victory in the country’s first direct presidential election on Aug. 10. Erdogan accuses U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of using a network of followers, who have influence in the police, judiciary and other institutions, to try to oust him.

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China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

People visit the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiA Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world’s largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatability of the software and the operating system. “[A] special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days,” the SAIC said in a statement on its website.

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Pakistani protesters push closer to PM House amid clashes

Supporters of opposition leader Qadri help a man suffering from the effects of tear gas fired by riot police in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones marched on government buildings in the capital Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation turned violent over the weekend. Protests led by Imran Khan, a renowned cricketer before entering politics, and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, erupted last month and descended into deadly chaos on Saturday, with at least three people killed in clashes with police. On Monday morning, despite heavy rain, crowds of protesters fought running battles with retreating police forces after breaking the main gate into the Pakistan Secretariat area which houses government ministries as well as Sharif’s residence. Although they fired occasional teargas canisters, police were seen retreating and showing restraint as protesters, many carrying wooden clubs, pushed closer to Sharif’s house.

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