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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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New migration route, same sad story

International | At least 100 migrants die after boat sinking off Tunisia
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/05/18, 02:54 pm

At least 100 people died and several others are missing after a boat sank off the Tunisian coast over the weekend, causing one of the single worst incidences of migrant casualties in recent years. The latest sinking highlights the changing migrant flows toward Italy.

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U.S.-allied forces capture 9/11 planner in Syria

International | Plus Turkish elections could hamper efforts to free Andrew Brunson and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/20/18, 03:12 pm

SYRIA: U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured more than a month ago in Syria a man linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

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