>> Turkish police say they've detained 35 of 144 people, they're hunting for suspected links to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The government blames Gulen for orchestrating last year's failed coup. And on Tuesday police raids across 42 provinces searched for more suspects. They include police, soldiers and prosecutors. Part of a purge by Turkish president who promised to clean up what he called a virus infecting all state institutions.
Fethullah Gulen has lived in self imposed exile since 1999. Ankara says he masterminded the failed coup against president Tayyip Erdoğan a charge he denies. Authorities have already arrested 50,000 people while three times that number have been sacked or suspended from a wide range of professions. 200 of them went on trial on Monday, accused of orchestrating the failed coup or having links to Gulen.
Among them, high ranking soldiers including the former head of Turkey's air force. More than 240 people were killed when rogue soldiers in war planes and tanks tried to seize power and as the arrests in the aftermath widened, criticism mounted. Opponents say the crackdown is being used by the government to crash any dissent against President Erdogan's rule.