Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and the reach of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party. In the first televised debate of its kind in the country in nearly two decades, AKP candidate […]

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Sudan opposition rejects military's offer of talks, dozens killed

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s military rulers offered to resume talks with opposition groups on Wednesday, two days after security forces mounted a deadly raid on a protest camp, but the opposition rejected the invitation. Medics linked to the opposition said the death toll from Monday’s operation and subsequent unrest had risen to 108 and that it was expected to increase. […]

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Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders, in sign of improved relations

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s ruling parties, the League and 5-Star Movement, reached a deal on Tuesday over an overhaul of convoluted public tender rules in a sign that the coalition government is finally overcoming weeks of infighting. The accord came the day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened to quit unless the two parties stopped their constant feuding, pushing the […]

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UK's May clings to power after Brexit gambit backfires

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May clung to power on Thursday after her final Brexit gambit backfired, overshadowing a European election that has shown a United Kingdom still riven over its divorce from the EU. May’s departure will deepen the Brexit crisis as a new leader is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a […]

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Swiss voters approve tax and pension overhaul

ZURICH (Reuters) – Voters in Switzerland approved on Sunday a shake-up of the corporate tax system, heading off what its finance minister had called an existential threat to the country’s role as a business hub. Provisional results with all votes counted showed the measure passed in the binding referendum by a 66-34 percent margin. The vote on tax reform and […]

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Data shows Israeli settlements boosted after Trump election

Israel’s government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Interested in Israel? Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a “Trump effect,” claiming the president’s friendlier approach to the settlements is leading to additional West Bank […]

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Zimbabwe court says main opposition leader illegitimate, party to challenge ruling

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s High Court on Wednesday declared Nelson Chamisa an illegitimate leader of the main opposition MDC party and ordered the movement to convene an extraordinary congress to choose a new leader after a month. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) immediately said it would appeal the ruling and that it would press on with a planned leadership congress this […]

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Strife-ridden Italian coalition faces showdown over graft case

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Sunday the government would fall unless its coalition partner the League agreed to the sacking of a junior minister caught up in a corruption case. Relations between 5-Star and the far-right League have grown increasingly fraught in the run-up to EU parliamentary elections on May 26, with the two parties acting […]

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