In a tricky race, Erdogan is re-elected
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey beat the opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu in a runoff yesterday with 52.1 % of the vote, in line with Turkey’s Supreme Election Council, assuring the mercurial chief one other 5 years in energy.
Erdogan, who has vexed his Western allies in NATO whereas tightening his grip on the Turkish state, may stay in energy for at the very least a quarter-century. His victory deepens his conservative imprint on Turkish society, as he pursues his imaginative and prescient of a rustic with growing financial and geopolitical may.
His supporters shrugged off Turkey’s challenges, together with a looming financial disaster, and lauded him for enhancing the nation’s standing as a Muslim energy with 85 million individuals and significant ties throughout continents. 1000’s gathered outdoors the presidential palace in Ankara, waiving pink and white Turkish flags.
Victory speech: “It’s not solely us who gained, it’s Turkey,” Erdogan stated to raucous applause. “It’s our nation that gained with all its components. It’s our democracy.”
Opposition: Kilicdaroglu advised his supporters that he didn’t contest the vote rely however that the election general had been unfair, however. Within the run-up to the vote, Erdogan tapped state assets to tilt the enjoying subject in his favor.
Ought to a former Wagner mercenary obtain asylum?
Andrei Medvedev, a Russian who claims to have abandoned from Russia’s Wagner mercenary drive in the course of the battle for the Ukrainian metropolis of Bakhmut, is searching for asylum in Norway whereas offering data on Wagner to the authorities.
His unlikely journey has made Medvedev one among solely a handful of publicly identified Russian combatants to hunt safety in Europe after collaborating within the invasion. His asylum request is now forcing Norway to determine a case that pits the nation’s humanitarian ethos in opposition to an more and more assertive nationwide safety coverage and solidarity with Ukraine.
Since arriving within the nation in January, Medvedev has attended interviews with Norwegian law enforcement officials investigating struggle crimes in Ukraine. He has described killing Ukrainians in fight and witnessing the executions of comrades accused of cowardice, however he claims that he didn’t take part in or witness struggle crimes, such because the killings of prisoners of struggle and civilians.
Pushback: Activists in Ukraine and Western Europe say that giving protected haven in Europe to Russian fighters, particularly mercenaries like Medvedev, fails to carry Russians accountable for the invasion. He may additionally have sophisticated his personal request with bar fights and detentions in Norway, and by briefly posting a video on YouTube suggesting he wished to return to Russia.
Quotable: “It goes to the core of who we’re in Europe,” Cecilie Hellestveit, a former member of Norway’s asylum attraction board, stated. “It forces us to re-evaluate our method to human rights in a approach that we’ve got not been keen to do till now.”
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A debt restrict deal within the U.S.
A day after putting a deal in precept with President Biden to lift the U.S. debt restrict, Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his management crew started to rally Republicans behind a compromise that faces harsh criticism from the wings of each political events. Proponents hope to go the laws in time to avert a default, now projected by June 5.
Home Republicans circulated a one-page memo with 10 speaking factors in regards to the conservative advantages of the deal, together with a cap on authorities spending, stricter work necessities for Individuals receiving authorities advantages and cuts to world well being funding.
Evaluation: The deal bolsters Biden’s argument that he’s dedicated to bipartisanship however comes at the price of rankling many in his personal occasion, Peter Baker, our chief White Home correspondent, writes.
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Eight years in the past, Ryyan Alshebl, a Syrian refugee, crossed the Mediterranean Sea by dinghy and trekked throughout Europe on foot, finally searching for asylum in Germany.
Now he’s the mayor of Ostelsheim, a small, tight-knit village in southwestern Germany that’s believed to be the primary German city to elect a mayor from the almost a million Syrian refugees who reached the nation in 2015. Right here’s the way it occurred.
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Soccer has a time-wasting drawback. How does the game clear up it? A number of high-profile examples of painful bouts of sluggish play have pressured soccer’s governing physique to seek for options.
The within story of Germany’s day of superb chaos: Nice objectives, penalty misses, a video overview controversy, ill-advised T-shirts … the ultimate day of Germany’s title race had all of it.
Why the Girls’s Tremendous League is extra aggressive than ever: Chelsea is a champion for a fourth season in a row, however the energy of the league helps push it to new heights.
From The Instances: On the primary day of the French Open, a uncommon assertion of defiance in opposition to the struggle in Ukraine by an athlete from Belarus or Russia.
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Farewell to ‘Succession’
The finale of HBO’s “Succession” has aired, placing to mattress (or not) the query of who inherits the media empire of the late tyrant, Logan Roy, writes James Poniewozik, the Instances chief tv critic. (Don’t fear, we gained’t spoil it for you.)
“Like ‘Mad Males’ earlier than it, ‘Succession’ is a drama that additionally occurs to be the funniest factor on TV any given week,” James writes. And like “Dallas,” it’s a prime-time saga that makes use of scrumptious dialogue and sibling rivalries to discover the actual nature of wealth in its time. One distinction: At the moment, the very wealthy are very, very, very richer.
There’s one more essential distinction, James writes. “I as soon as wrote that ‘Succession’ viewers ‘can take pleasure in it realizing that we’ve got no stake, aside from the tiny reality that folks just like the Roys run the world.’ This remaining season has emphasised that that could be a very huge ‘besides.’”
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