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coup

(ko͞o) [Fr.,=blow], among Native North Americans of the Plains culture, a war honor, awarded for striking an enemy in such a way that it was considered an extreme act of bravery. Generally, coups were awarded according to the degree of difficulty and danger involved; the most extreme, such as striking an armed enemy with the bare hand, counted highest. Killing an enemy, wounding him, scalping him, or stealing his horse or gun—all these were coups of value. Recital of the deeds was an important social function, and a warrior with many coups held a high status and was honored at feasts, ceremonials, and in the tribe. After warfare had ceased, coups became transferable property, passing from the old men to the younger, who needed coups to acquire warrior status in the tribe.

coup (d'état)

the sudden overthrow of state power by unconstitutional, usually violent, means. In contrast to a revolutionary change in power, in a coup there may be no intention to change the social and economic set-up radically. Instead, a change in the governing group may be all that is intended. In recent decades, many coups have been military (see MILITARY INTERVENTION IN POLITICS). See also REVOLUTION.
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The Turkish authorities accuse the leader of the "Hizmet" movement, Fethullah Gulen, of involvement in an attempted military coup and demand the US to extradite him.
By granting asylum to one of eight coup plotters involved in the July 15 coup, Greece has once again showed that it is a country that protects and embraces coup plotters with this decision," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in the statement.
More than 50,000 people, including security officials, military personnel and civil servants, have been detained in the aftermath of the July 2016 coup.
According to Turkish media, the two Germans are of Turkish descent and were detained at Antalya airport in southeastern Turkey over suspicion of having ties to the failed coup.
The other defendants include generals and fighter jet pilots at the Akinci air base, on the outskirts of the capital Ankara, who are accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including the parliament.
Gasiorowski says he was surprised that the documents do not identify Secretary of State John Foster Dulles as a key coup advocate.
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3) This paper aims to contribute to such reports in order to do justice to the many women who played a key role in suppressing the coup attempt against the elected government of Turkey.
As soon as the coup attempt started, some foreign news outlets began to spread the news that the coup had succeeded.
The statement said the information of the coup attempt was given by the National Security Organization (MIT) on July 15, 2017 at 4.
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The attempted military coup that shook Turkey on Friday was far closer than many realize to seizing state power.