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Erdogan strengthens grip on Turkey

Turkey | Analysts say Sunday election will push Turkey further from democracy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/26/18, 04:52 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s presidential race paves the way for the country’s 15-year leader to broaden his control. His reelection ultimately means increased executive powers for Erdogan, whom analysts and opponents fear will launch a full-fledged authoritarian regime.

The High Electoral Board declared Erdogan the winner with an unofficial count giving him 53 percent of the vote. Muharrem Ince, the major opposition contender from the Republican People’s Party, received 31 percent of the vote.

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U.S. singles out human rights abusers

International | A new report calls China, Russia, others ‘forces of instability’
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/24/18, 03:02 pm

The Trump administration in its first global human rights report called out China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea as “forces of instability” due to “daily” abuses of human rights.

The 2017 annual report includes nearly 200 countries and territories. Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan in his introduction to the report said the governments of the four nations consistently violate human rights within their borders.

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Nigerian Christians call for abducted schoolgirl’s freedom

International | Boko Haram militants continue to hold the teen after she refused to renounce her faith
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/27/18, 02:46 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—Boko Haram militants last week released all but six of 111 schoolgirls kidnapped from a school in northeast Yobe state. At least five of the girls died in captivity, but Christians across the country continue to call for the release of one girl held back by the militants for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

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