Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn’t require a lot of …

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

April 18, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)Turkish citizens who did not want to give more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a very hard Monday. 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 …

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US leads boycott of UN talks to ban nuclear weapons

March 29, 2017

United Nations, New York (CNN)US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Monday that the United States and almost 40 other nations would not participate in the first-ever talks on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Flanked by ambassadors from about 20 nations, including nuclear powers United Kingdom and France, Haley couched the decision not to attend the talks, which began Monday, in personal terms. As a mom and daughter, “there is nothing I want more for my …

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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… a two-year negotiation process to attempt to reach a deal before Britain officially leaves the EU in March 2019. The government is also due to publish its Great Repeal Bill, giving powers to amend some EU laws, on Thursday. But Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour will not support any Brexit deal unless it meets the party’s “six tests”. Any deal must include a strong relationship with the EU and the exact same benefits the UK has from the single market, he said. …

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