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Turkey PM: 'Things are getting better' after attempted military takeover

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Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup. Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.
ANKARA, Turkey -

The Latest on what appears to be an attempted military coup in Turkey (all times local):

8:35 a.m.
    
Turkey's state-run news agency says military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has been rescued in an operation launched at an air base in the outskirts of Ankara.
    
Anadolu Agency says the general is being taken to a safe location.
    
Broadcaster CNN-Turk said that Akar was taken hostage at military headquarters in Ankara and transported by helicopter to Akincilar Air Base.
    
CNN-Turk says Akar would now take over the command of the operation against the coup plotters.

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7:15 a.m.
    
An official in the president's office says at least 60 people have been killed in the attempted coup.
    
The official also says 336 people, most of them soldiers, have been arrested across Turkey. Most of the dead are civilians.
    
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
    
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, quoted by state-run Anadolu Agency, says security forces have "achieved results in many places" and defeated coup plotters. That includes the National Intelligence Agency, police and government buildings.
    
He says: "There is nowhere they have they have proper control. God willing they will be defeated in the remaining areas and those in the air will be brought down."

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6:50 a.m.
    
CNN-Turk is showing images of dozens of soldiers giving themselves up to government forces on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge.
    
They're walking among tanks with their hands held up.

 An official in the president's office says at least 60 people were killed in the attempted coup.
    
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6:45 a.m.
    
Turkey's state-run news agency says a military helicopter used by coup plotters has been shot down.
    
The Anadolu Agency says Saturday the helicopter was brought down in the Golbasi district, in the outskirts of Ankara.
    
The report says the helicopter was used to attack Turkey's satellite station Turksat.
    
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6:40 a.m.
    
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has addressed thousands of flag-waving supporters outside Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and tells them he is charge and coup won't succeed.
    
Erdogan says: "They have pointed the people's guns against the people. The president, whom 52 percent of the people brought to power, is in charge. This government brought to power by the people, is in charge. They won't succeed as long as we stand against them by risking everything."

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5:50 a.m.
    
State-run Anadolu Agency says Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called all legislators for an emergency meeting on Saturday.
    
Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman earlier said that a bomb hit one corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring some police officers.
    
He said there were no fatalities and that all legislators were safe at a parliamentary shelter.
    
Troops loyal to the government are moving to crush the coup attempt, arresting some 130 anti-government forces. A helicopter was flying over the area where the parliament is located and shots were being fired.
    
A source at the presidency told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that 13 military officers who had earlier tried to forcibly enter the presidential palace were among those arrested.

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5:30 a.m.
    
NTV television is quoting the prosecutor's office in Ankara saying at least 42 people have been killed in "attacks" in the capital.
    
According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the number of soldiers who were arrested in the coup plot has increased to 130.
    
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said that the coup plot will fail.

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4:20 a.m.
    
Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman says a bomb hit one corner of a public relations building inside the parliament complex, injuring some police officers.
    
He says there are no fatalities and that all legislators are safe at a parliamentary shelter.
    
Meanwhile in Istanbul, an official at the president's office says more than 50 military officers have been arrested in Istanbul and large crowds have carried out multiple citizen arrests.
    
Turkish TV channels are broadcasting scenes of soldiers being escorted away by policemen.

3:50 a.m.
    
Two large explosions have been heard near Taksim square in Istanbul, where police and military are exchanging fire.
    
The blasts were accompanied by the screech of fighter jets.
    
The area is surrounded by military but some soldiers have been taken into custody by police.
    
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3:40 a.m.
    
Turkish broadcaster CNN-Turk says a group of soldiers have entered the headquarters of the Dogan Media group, which owns the television channel.
    
The newscaster did not provide details on the number of soldiers who entered the building, which is also home to Kanal D television, the Dogan news agency and the Hurriyet newspaper.
    
The newscaster said she was not sure how much longer the station would be able to broadcast news.

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A top Turkish official says the coup attempt within the country's military appears to have been unsuccessful.
    
The senior official told The Associated Press all government officials are in charge of their offices, but cautioned that the chief of military staff hasn't appeared in public yet.
    
The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
    
Earlier, a spokesman for Turkey's national intelligence agency, MIT, said that the attempt to seize control had been defeated.
    
Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told NTV television: "The military commanders have made it clear that the coup plotters violated the chain of command... The people have shown that they stand in solidarity with democracy and the elected government."

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2:50 a.m.
    
The state-run Anadolu Agency says a bomb has hit the Turkish parliament in Ankara.
    
CNN-Turk television reported some police officers and parliament workers were hurt in the bomb attack.
    
A resident living not far from the area told the AP he heard a massive explosion that shook buildings and saw a column of smoke but could not confirm if it was coming from parliament itself.
    
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, also said fighter jets were flying low in the area.

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2:05 a.m.
    
Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says that 17 police officers have been killed in a helicopter attack on police special forces headquarters on the outskirts of Ankara.
    
Loud explosions were heard earlier in Turkey's capital after the military said it seized full control of the country.
    
But government officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tried to play down reports that the military was in control. Erdogan called for citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the government, and said the coup attempt would be unsuccessful.

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President Barack Obama is urging all parties in Turkey to support the democratically-elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    
He's urging them to show restraint and avoid any violence or bloodshed amid a military takeover of the key NATO ally.
    
The White House says Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry consulted by phone Friday night after the stunning turn of events.
    
Kerry, who was traveling in Moscow, underscored that the State Department will focus on keeping U.S. citizens in Turkey safe and secure.

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1:40 a.m.
    
Turkish news agency Dogan has reported that soldiers have opened fired on people trying to cross Istanbul's Bosporus bridge in protest of the attempted coup, and some have been wounded.
    
TV footage showed people running for cover as shots rang out. Earlier, a statement attributed to the military said that Turkish armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country.
    
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then called on citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the government.
    
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1:35 a.m.
    
Turkey's Istanbul-based first army commander says the soldiers involved in an attempted coup "represent a small group" and "there is no cause for concern," according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
    
An earlier statement attributed to the military said that Turkish armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country.
    
But First Army Commander Umit Dundar told Anadolu that "we are working to solve the problem here. They represent a small group within the First Army Command. There is no cause for concern. We are taking the necessary precautions with (soldiers) who have not joined them and remain within the military chain of command."
    
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the government.
    
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1:30 a.m.
    
Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala says very effective units from the chief of general staff's office, the Turkish armed forces and the police are responding to the attempted coup in the country.
    
Ala says they are responding to "gangs who have taken cover in certain locations."
    
He spoke by telephone to NTV television and also encouraged Turkish citizens to "fearlessly go out and support our security forces."
    
He says: "We think it would be right for them to go out to the airports, to the streets, especially to the main arteries. As long as they do that this gang's attempts... they will be defeated no matter what."
    
He added "this is a gang that considers nothing sacred, not the people or the nation. They're taking certain actions."
    
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1:15 a.m.
    
NATO hasn't responded immediately to a request for comment on how alliance operations or Turkey's status might be affected after the military said it seized control of the country.
    
Independent observers noted that the 1949 treaty that created the U.S. alliance has no mechanism for suspending members, unlike the United Nations, the European Union or the Organization of American States.
    
Nothing in NATO's founding 1949 Washington Treaty says anything about intervening in the internal or political affairs of an alliance member, and Turkey kept its NATO membership following past military coups.
    
The treaty's key clause, Article 5, stipulates that NATO member states agree that "an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all," but that language has taken to apply to an external enemy.
    
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1:10 a.m.
    
Loud explosions have been heard in Turkey's capital Ankara and CNN-Turk reports an explosion occurred at the state-run television building.
    
Turkey's state-run news agency report military helicopters have also attacked the headquarters of TURKSAT satellite station on the outskirts of Ankara and the Ankara Police headquarters.
    
Dozens of tanks were seen moving toward a palace that is now used by the prime minister and deputy prime ministers. A civilian car tried to stop one of the tanks, but it rammed through the vehicle as those in the car escaped.
    
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12:50 a.m.
    
Turkey's president has urged citizens to take to the streets in a show of support for the government after the military said it seized full control of the country.
    
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to CNN-Turk through FaceTime, called the actions by the military "an attempt at an uprising by a minority within our armed forces."
    
The president's office refused to disclose Erdogan's whereabouts, saying he was at a secure location.  Erdogan said "I don't believe this coup attempt will be successful."
    
Erdogan added: "There is absolutely no chain of command here. Right now the chain of command has been put on hold."
    
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12:35 a.m.
    
The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on developments in key NATO ally Turkey where the military claims to have seized power in a coup.
    
The National Security Council said Obama had been apprised of Friday "unfolding situation" in Turkey and would continue to get regular updates.
    
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes for stability and continuity in Turkey following the reports.
    
Kerry, in Moscow for talks with Russian officials on Syria on Friday, told reporters he didn't have details of the situation rapidly unfolding on the ground in Turkey and said it would be "inappropriate" to comment on developments. But, he expressed hope that the key ally and strategically important member of the coalition fighting the Islamic State would remain at peace.
    
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12:25 a.m.
    
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials have called on their countrymen in Turkey to stay indoors amid uncertainty about whether a military coup is taking place.
    
Lavrov made the statement early Saturday at a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. However, Lavrov, who had been in lengthy talks with Kerry, said he had little information about what was taking place in Turkey.
    
Russia's tourism authority issued a similar warning. Turkey had long been a popular vacation destination for Russians, but the numbers dropped sharply last year when Russia banned package tours to Turkey amid tensions over Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane and it was unclear how many Russians currently are in the country.
    
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12:20 a.m.
    
A Turkish military statement read on state TRT television says the military has seized power, citing rising autocratic rule and increased terrorism.
    
But CNN-Turk has quoted Defense Minister Fikri Isik as describing it as a "pirate statement."
    
Earlier, another statement published by the private Dogan news agency says that the military has "fully seized control" of the country.
    
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11:45 p.m.
    
A Turkish news agency has published a statement from the military saying the armed forces have "fully seized control" of the country.
    
The Dogan agency reported that the statement said that the military did this "to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated."
    
The military statement went on to say that "all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue."
    
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11:10 p.m.
    
Turkey's prime minister says a group within Turkey's military has engaged in what appeared to be an attempted coup.
    
Binali Yildirim told NTV television: "it is correct that there was an attempt."
    
Yildirim didn't provide details, but said Turkey would never allow any "initiative that would interrupt democracy."
    
Earlier, military jets were heard flying over the capital, Ankara.
    
Media reports said ambulances were seen in front of the Turkey's military headquarters.

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