Its candidacy for EU membership long-since rebuffed, Turkey appears more firmly set than ever on a path of assertive independence. Where it leads, will be a major issue in the year to come.
Following the coup attempt, President Erdogan and his government instigated purges of the military and civil society on an unprecedented scale in modern Turkish history.
Two Russian journalists from Russian TV channel NTV were arrested in Istanbul, the channel said.
They were accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including a section of the parliament building.
A new report from IUCN highlights the scale of the plastic problem in the Mediterranean.
The move is likely to reignite tensions with Greece over the sovereignty of waters in the eastern Mediterranean and ownership of natural resources.