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Erdogan's AKP down but not out after local vote

Erdogan's AKP down but not out after local vote Unofficial results by state-run Anadolu news agency said he had won 48.8 per cent of the vote Sunday and his opponent, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of the ruling party, had captured 48.5 per cent. Earlier, both sides claimed victory in Turkey's largest city and most politically important city. On Monday morning, the head of Turkey's Supreme Election Board said that opposition candidat... [Full Article...]

Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia's first female president

Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia's first female president Caputova, a pro-EU political novice who will be the euro zone country's first female president, had 58.3 percent of the votes after results from 98.1 percent of voting districts were counted, ahead of European commissioner Maros Sefcovic who took 41.7 percent. [Full Article...]

Man jailed 20 years for hoax emergencies

Man jailed 20 years for hoax emergencies The police raided the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch , killing him when they thought they saw him reaching for a weapon. Mr Finch's family have sued the city of Wichita and the officer involved. Barriss had been accused of making a similar call to police in Calgary a week before the Wichita shooting. Gaskill taunted Barriss, reportedly telling him to "try something". [Full Article...]

Turkish FM reaffirms commitment to Russian S-400 deal despite U.S. warning

Turkish FM reaffirms commitment to Russian S-400 deal despite U.S. warning During the tight race in the largest city of Istanbul, the ruling party's candidate Binali Yildirim, the former prime minister, was taking a quite narrow lead with 48.7 percent of votes, against his opposition rival with 48.6 percent as over 98 percent of ballot boxes opened. [Full Article...]

UK's May under pressure to rule out long Brexit delay

UK's May under pressure to rule out long Brexit delay Lawmakers rejected her Brexit deal with the European Union for a third time last week, though the agreement failed by fewer votes - 58. With the Government now up against a new European Union deadline of April 12, ministers played down suggestions that Mrs May could call a snap general election to break the deadlock. [Full Article...]

IDF maintains relative calm on anniversary of Hamas-led Gaza riots

IDF maintains relative calm on anniversary of Hamas-led Gaza riots At least 26,000 Palestinians have also been wounded in the protests, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The Israeli army reported late-night mortar fire and 30 new rocket launches from Gaza, on top of 30 rockets detected earlier on Monday evening. [Full Article...]

S. Korean leader to meet Trump in USA on nuke diplomacy

S. Korean leader to meet Trump in USA on nuke diplomacy But there have been no reports that North Korea is preparing for a long-range rocket launch or a nuclear test anytime soon. In a document Trump handed Kim on February 28, the second day of their talks, which ended without agreement, Trump called for "fully dismantling North Korea's nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program and related dual-use capabilities; and ballistic mi... [Full Article...]

NY sues Sackler family, Teva over opioid crisis

NY sues Sackler family, Teva over opioid crisis This week, Oklahoma reached a $270 million settlement with the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma. The state of NY, which averages nine opioid-related deaths a day, amended an existing lawsuit against the drug maker, adding members of the Sackler family as defendants. [Full Article...]

Landmarks turn off the lights for Earth Hour campaign

Landmarks turn off the lights for Earth Hour campaign Last year, Earth Hour was observed in more than 7,000 towns and cities in 187 countries, according to the organisers. "We therefore call on everyone to cut down the rampant use of plastics as we continue to aspire for a clean, safe and healthy environment", he added . [Full Article...]

Anti-stall system active before Ethiopian 737 MAX crash

Anti-stall system active before Ethiopian 737 MAX crash US safety investigators reviewed data from the "black boxes" that were aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, four people briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday. "MCAS activation produces conditions similar to a runaway trim, but the training is not done with a stick shaker active and multiple other failures, which make the diagnosis much more hard", said John Cox, an aviation sa... [Full Article...]

Nadler: It would be 'cover-up' for Barr to withhold Mueller report

Nadler: It would be 'cover-up' for Barr to withhold Mueller report Word of the report's delivery to Barr on Friday triggered reactions across Washington, including Democrats' demands that it be quickly released to the public and Republicans' contentions that it ended two years of wasted time and money. A long-standing Justice Department opinion holds that federal prosecutors can not indict a sitting president - but Barr claimed in his letter that his determinat... [Full Article...]

Trump threatens to shut Mexico border - 'not kidding around'

Trump threatens to shut Mexico border - 'not kidding around' Trump's latest threat to shut one of the world's busiest borders, separating two countries with massive economic and cultural links, shows Trump is doubling down on his bid to make immigration a keystone of the gathering 2020 reelection campaign. [Full Article...]

Seattle shooting: Gunman kills two people in rush hour

Seattle shooting: Gunman kills two people in rush hour Police said they tried to negotiate with the gunman but he drove off and was pursued by police. The fearless King County Metro bus driver was blasted in the torso at about 4 p.m.by a crazed gunman on the street who was firing shots at random motorists, according to the Seattle Police Department. [Full Article...]

Venezuela bars Guaido from holding public office for 15 years

Venezuela bars Guaido from holding public office for 15 years The United States and more than 50 other countries have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president. The probe was opened in January after the 35-year-old lawmaker invoked Venezuela's charter to launch an interim government and kicked off a wave of national protests after Maduro began another six-year term following 2018 elections that were widely regarded as rigged. [Full Article...]

Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protest

Green New Deal: Senate defeats proposal as Democrats unite in protest The Senate is set to vote later Tuesday on the non-binding resolution , based on a proposal from Democrats in both the House and Senate, leading the rallying call for a Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez has a negative favorability rating among women and is unknown among African-Americans (61 percent) and Hispanics (49 percent). "There are many ideas, including this one, that are consistent with the u... [Full Article...]

Fireworks as Republicans call on Schiff to resign

Fireworks as Republicans call on Schiff to resign Nixon resigned under fire, effectively expanding presidential power in a dramatic way. Nadler spoke with Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday about the report , but declined to reveal its specific length, saying only that it was "very substantial". [Full Article...]

Special Olympics Ohio expresses concern over proposed federal funding cuts

Special Olympics Ohio expresses concern over proposed federal funding cuts Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, "I've overridden my people for funding the Special Olympics ". After days of controversy and criticism, President Trump said he is backing off a budget request that would have cut funding for the Special Olympics . [Full Article...]

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China In a joint statement at the end of Xi's three-day trip to France , the Chinese and French leaders both committed to working together to promote a rules-based global order. Security experts fear that if Chinese tech supplier Huawei is involved in the expansion of ultrafast 5G telecom systems, Beijing may use that network for espionage. [Full Article...]

Total 347 candidates file nominations for second phase of polls in Odisha

Total 347 candidates file nominations for second phase of polls in Odisha In 2014, he had vacated his Varanasi seat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and contested from Kanpur, where he had won by a record margin. The last day of filing nomination saw 46 candidates from these constituencies file their papers. [Full Article...]

China opposes U.S. decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

China opposes U.S. decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights A statement affirmed "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns, in the strongest terms, the decision of the USA administration recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan ". "They can say the Palestinian people can go and live in Gaza", the Hezbollah chief said, envisioning expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank as part of the USA plan. [Full Article...]


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