Sunday, April 16, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 16, 2017

Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan celebrates victory as count points to tight win

President Tayyip Erdogan celebrated what he said was a clear result in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping new powers, but opponents said they would challenge the vote count which gave a narrow 51.3 percent lead to Erdogan's supporters.

Nearly all ballots had been opened for counting, state-run Anadolu news agency said, although a lag between opening and counting them could see the lead tighten even further.

Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the "Yes" vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. They quoted Erdogan as saying the referendum result was clear.

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Mass evacuation in Syria postponed after blast kills 80 kids. Syrian bus convoy hit by blast, at least 112 reported killed or injured.

'Americans keep low profile' in Syria after Russia suspends flight safety memo.

Iraqi forces making new push toward Old City in Mosul.

IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military.

Flooding cuts off aid supplies, escape route from west Mosul.

Turkey heads to the polls in referendum on expanding Erdogan's powers. Turkey goes to polls in referendum on expanding president Erdogan’s powers.

700 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel declare mass hunger strike.

Saudi General: We will not allow Houthis to become Hezbollah of Yemen.

Exclusive: Saudi to shelve, reform billions of dollars of unfinished projects - sources.

40 dead as massive floods hit Iran (PHOTOS, VIDEOS).

Former Iranian President Ahmadinejad: US 'cannot hurt Iran'.


Kim Jong-un ‘will send elite soldiers into South Korea to take Western tourists hostage if US attacks’.

U.S. says consensus reached with China to stop North Korea missile tests.

Trump says the U.S. is 'working with China' to deal with North Korea and doubles down on his position that they are NOT currency manipulators

North Korea: Mike Pence in Seoul to reaffirm support to Asia allies. North Korea tops Pence’s agenda during four-nation Asia trip.

In Afghanistan, Trump aide promises coordinated response to enemies.

Hamid Karzai: MOAB 'brutal act against innocent people'.

India army's use of Kashmir protester as 'human shield' sparks outrage online.

Sri Lankans vent anger as toll rises in rubbish dump collapse.


Libya govt urges 'intervention' over southern clashes.

Migrant boats: Thousands saved off Libyan coast over Easter.

2 pirates killed while trying to hijack ship near Somalia.

Fighting in South Sudan's Raga kills at least 14 people.

UN calls for restraint as fighting escalates in South Sudan.

Millions risks starvation in Nigeria's northeast as WFP funds running out.

Niger president meets student leaders in bid to end protests: radio.

Hundreds gather at attacked Egyptian church to mourn bombing dead.


French presidential election: Terror response divides voters in Nice. Hundreds march against far-right French presidential hopeful. Far-left veteran Melenchon draws big crowd as French election enters final straight.

Trump aide McMaster: Time for tough talks with Russia.

Chechnya anti-gay violence: Newspaper fears 'retribution' for reports. Russia urged to probe ‘gay concentration camps’.

Brexit will damage UK standards of living, say economists.

UK Parliament members call for stripping Assad's wife Asma of UK citizenship.

Franco-German Chemin des Dames battle centenary marked by President Hollande.

Pope prays for peace, decries 'vile' Syria attack in Easter address.


As tensions with North Korea flare, Trump spends quiet weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump: 'Who paid for' rallies seeking release of tax returns.

Brazil's elections on the horizon, amid ongoing corruption cases.

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger.

Meet the charismatic opposition leader the Venezuela government just can't silence.

Unrest in Venezuela sparks protest in Calgary.

Ecuador orders partial recount of election votes.

Fugitive Mexican governor Javier Duarte arrested in Guatemala.


Trump gives generals more freedom to make decisions in ISIS fight.

Former head of Armed Forces says ISIS are a bigger concern to the UK than North Korea because they are 'a daily threat'.

Top Al-Qaeda leader killed by Yemeni tribesmen.


China overtakes US to become world’s top crude importer.

Most oil producers want extension of output cuts: Iran minister.

US government 'monitored bank transfers'.

Global carmakers converge on China as rare slowdown looms.


TWN said...

This should end well, can't see any pitfalls in giving an ego maniac nut bar more power.

Anonymous said...

I agree. .there's not one example in history where this somehow ended up badly. ^^