After many years, the main opposition in Turkey has someone new at the helm. His name is Kemal Kilicdaroglu, dubbed "Turkey's Gandhi." He represents this Muslim democracy's best hope to modernize politics and act as an effective check on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The resignation of Deniz Baykal, a major figure in Turkish politics, over a purported sex video has sharpened debate about whether Turkey's surveillance systems have been misused as smear weapons.
In an alleged Turkey coup plot, 12 senior officers have been charged with plotting a coup against the country's Islam-leaning civilian government. It appears to be an attempt to weaken the influence of the secular military, say analysts.
Last week's arrest of senior military officers and the discovery of several weapons caches deepens the investigation into a suspected secularist coup plan.