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Ironically, Erdogan has done exactly what the failed coup wanted to do

Some conspiracy theorists think Erdogan himself was behind the coup – indeed, that is Gulen’s contention. Yet the reality is more straightforward: he has seized an unexpected opportunity Turkey has remained in a state of emergency since the failed coup Murad Sezer/Reuters If President Erdogan is to be believed, last year’s failed coup in Turkey was an attempt by his erstwhile ally, Fethullah ...

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Rohingya crisis: Myanmar rebuffs rebel ceasefire

Myanmar has brushed off a one-month unilateral ceasefire announced by a Rohingya militant group in Rakhine. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) announced a truce on Sunday, urging Myanmar’s army to lay down weapons as well. But government spokesman Zaw Htay said Myanmar would not negotiate with “terrorists”. About 294,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine ...

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Hurricane Irma: Storm hits west coast of Florida

Hurricane Irma is blasting up the west coast of Florida and is now bearing down on the city of Tampa. Irma made landfall on Marco Island off Florida’s west coast with winds of up to 120mph (192km/h), but has since been downgraded from category three to two. More than 3.4 million homes in the state are without power, and parts ...

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Houston residents confront officials over decision to flood neighborhoods

Angry Houston residents shouted at city officials on Saturday over decisions to intentionally flood certain neighborhoods during Hurricane Harvey, as they returned to homes that may have been contaminated by overflowing sewers. A town hall grew heated after City Council member Greg Travis, who represents parts of western Houston, told about 250 people that an Army Corps of Engineers official ...

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China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

China, the world’s biggest car market, plans to ban the production and sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans. The country’s vice minister of industry said it had started “relevant research” but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force. “Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry’s development,” Xin Guobin ...

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Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 90

At least 90 people have died in Thursday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, officials have confirmed. A government spokesman said 71 people had been killed in the south-west state of Oaxaca alone. Hundreds of families have reportedly been camping in the streets, afraid of the dangers of aftershocks. The Mexican Seismological Service said 721 had been recorded since the initial ...

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Tony Blair wants tougher immigration rules for EU citizens

Tony Blair has called on the government to introduce a new UK immigration policy which “reasserts control”. When he was prime minister, his government – unlike most EU countries – did not apply transitional controls on migrants from eastern Europe. But in a Sunday Times article, he said “times were different” now, and all EU nationals should register on arrival ...

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Desmond Tutu chides Suu Kyi over silence on Burma ‘ethnic cleansing’

South Africa Anti-Apartheid campaigner and social rights activist, Desmond Tutu has condemned Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the painful and dreaded ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims in her country. The 85-year-old South African archbishop, who has formally retired from active work said he was forced to write publicly on the matter due to Madam Suu Kyi’s posture. ...

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Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises

The race to rescue those trapped in the rubble continues, more than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake struck off Mexico’s southern coast. The 8.1 magnitude quake left at least 61 people dead, according to officials. Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning. Meanwhile, the feared category one Hurricane ...

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UN urges Togo to respond to protesters’ ‘expectations’

The United Nations urged Togo to respond to people’s “legitimate expectations” as police clashed with protesters demanding an end to the 50-year ruling family dynasty for a third day on Friday. Thousands of people have taken to the streets since Wednesday to demand that President Faure Gnassingbe step aside in the biggest challenge to his family’s power since the death ...

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