Turkey's shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

Turkey's shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

The referendum to abolish the post of the Prime Minister and to create an executive-led rather than parliamentary system had passed a few hours earlier, albeit by a narrow margin. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24 million “No” voters, woke up in a post-referendum haze — looking for…

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F1: Vettel opens up 7-point lead over Hamilton after Bahrain GP win

F1: Vettel opens up 7-point lead over Hamilton after Bahrain GP win

The 2017 Formula One World Championship is shaping up to be one of the most keenly fought in recent years after Sebastian Vettel produced a commanding performance at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel took the checkered flag with ease at the Bahrain International Circuit, nearly seven seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton to claim his second win of the season and the outright lead in the F1 Drivers’ Championship. Hamilton chased Vettel all the way to the end but was ultimately hampered by a mistake earlier in the race. In a…

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Danish football fans throw dead rats at players during match

Danish football fans throw dead rats at players during match

Updated April 18, 2017 08:47:26 Photo: Security threw the rats off the pitch after the players failed to clear them. (Supplied: Danish Superliga) Animals invading a sporting field are normally adorable, or at least a bit of fun, but the Copenhagen football derby’s latest entry falls right in the realm of disgusting. In the championship group of the Danish Superliga, a clash between Brondby and FC Copenhagen took a turn for the gross when a couple of dead rats came flying down from the stands. With his side up 1-0…

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North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

North Korean envoy at UN warns of nuclear war possibility

North Korea has consistently issued threats of war toward the United States in recent decades, but the Trump administration’s announced end of a “strategic patience” policy with Pyongyang has upped the ante in terms of warnings and bellicose rhetoric. North Korea’s UN deputy representative, Kim In Ryong, on Monday unleashed at a hastily called UN press conference a torrent of threats, war scenarios and rhetoric aimed at the United States. The press event was held hours after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone between North and South…

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Pence: No more 'failed policy' on North Korea

Pence: No more 'failed policy' on North Korea

“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably,” Pence said in an exclusive interview at the DMZ. To achieve this new strategy, the administration is relying heavily on China, a country President Donald Trump spent his entire campaign railing against, but has since stopped as it became clear North Korea would be a top priority requiring China’s help. “I know…

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