People run as riot police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse people gathered in support outside the headquarters of Zaman newspaper in Istanbul, Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP Photo)
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A leading Turkish newspaper which had staunchly opposed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan printed Sunday its first new edition since its seizure by authorities, strongly supporting the government line.The front page of the paper, normally strongly critical of the president, Sunday was full of articles supporting the government.With an estimated circulation of 650,000, the newspaper has been closely affiliated with Erdogan's enemy, exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, believed to be wielding significant influence in the police and judiciary, as well as media and financial interests.The weekend's events raised alarm bells over the deterioration of rights conditions in the NATO member nation, which also aspires for EU membership, just days before Monday's meeting in Brussels, in which EU leaders will try to convince Turkey to do more to curtail the flow of migrants traveling to Europe.
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