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Turkey's Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concede

Turkey's Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concedeBy Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s presidential election on Sunday, the head of the country’s electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half. Electoral board Chairman Sadi Guven said that with more than 97 percent of votes counted, Erdogan had an absolute majority. “Starting tomorrow, we will start working to realize the promises we made our people,” Erdogan told flag-waving supporters in a victory speech delivered from the balcony of his ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara shortly after 3 a.m. He also pledged that authorities, who have waged a nationwide crackdown since a failed military coup two years ago, would act more decisively against terrorist organizations.



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Turkey's Erdogan claims election victory, opposition wary

Turkey's Erdogan claims election victory, opposition waryBy Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to their rule in a decade and a half. “Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts,” Erdogan said in a short national address as votes were still being counted. Sunday’s vote ushers in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum.



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Ethiopian govt and opposition start talks on amending anti-terrorism law

Ethiopian govt and opposition start talks on amending anti-terrorism lawBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s ruling coalition started talks with opposition groups on Wednesday on amending provisions of an anti-terrorism law that critics say has criminalised dissent, state-affiliated media said. Watchdog groups say the 2009 law’s broad definitions have been used indiscriminately against anyone who opposes government policy. The discussions follow the release on Tuesday of opposition leader Andargachew Tsige, who was sentenced to death under the law in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7, which the government has labelled a terrorist organisation.



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Panel: Opposition to Trump outpaces support from Republican base

Panel: Opposition to Trump outpaces support from Republican baseAndrea Mitchell, Eugene Robinson, Amy Walter and Matthew Continetti discuss the outlook for President Trump after an effort to discredit the Mueller investigation.



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Russian opposition leader and activists held before Putin inauguration

Russian opposition leader and activists held before Putin inaugurationBy Andrew Osborn and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and around 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists were detained by police on Saturday during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth term as president. Navalny had called for demonstrations in more than 90 towns and cities across Russia against what he says is Putin’s autocratic, tsar-like rule. “They said that this city belongs to Putin.



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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny among more than 1,600 arrested during anti-Putin protests 

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny among more than 1,600 arrested during anti-Putin protests Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of his supporters were arrested in central Moscow on Saturday during nationwide rallies against President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth term in office.  Police grabbed Mr Navalny, 41, soon after he showed up at the rally in Pushkin Square, as some shouted "Shame" in Ukrainian, a famous slogan of the Kiev uprising that ousted a Kremlin-backed regime in 2014.  More than 700 people were arrested in Moscow, where riot police were seen beating protesters with truncheons and dragging them into police vans. Tear gas was also briefly used, according to reports. A helicopter hovered overhead in an apparent bid to drown out chants. Similar demonstrations were organised in cities across Russia, with more than 1,600 people detained by police by early evening according to the OVD-Info independent monitor.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a protest rally ahead of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration ceremony, Moscow Credit: Reuters Mr Navalny, who was barred from challenging Mr Putin in the March presidential election, had called on Russians to stage the rallies under the slogan "Not our Tsar." Along with opposition leader Nikolai Lyaskin, Mr Navalny was detained “for organising an unauthorised public event,” according to a police statement cited in local news reports. An official count by Moscow police put the size of the rally at least 1,500 people. They warned they would use force and "impact munition" against the demonstrators. Scuffles also broke out between Mr Navalny's supporters and pro-Kremlin activists who descended into the square in an apparent effort to sabotage the opposition demonstration. A fighter of National Liberation Movement pushes a protester down, during clashes at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin Credit: AP Saturday's demonstration was the first major event organised by Mr Navalny since the presidential election on March 18, which the opposition leader encouraged voters to boycott. "Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar," Navalny said on Twitter ahead of the demonstrations. Authorities in some Russian cities issued permits for demonstrations, though many did not and mass arrests ensued.  In Saint Petersburg, several thousand people marched along Nevsky Prospect, the city's main thoroughfare, chanting "Putin is a thief" and "Down with the tsar". When police tried to stop the unsanctioned march, protesters pelted them with eggs and water bottles, an AFP reporter said. More than 200 were arrested.  In the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, more than 160 people were detained by mid-afternoon. In Yakutsk, some 75 were reported arrested. Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow Credit: AP Observers had expressed fears that the protests could lead to mass arrests after similar rallies in 2012 led to a huge crackdown on the protest movement. In May 2012, tens of thousands took to the streets to protest Mr Putin's inauguration for a third Kremlin term, with rallies descending into clashes with police. Criminal charges were brought against around 30 demonstrators and many of them were sentenced to prison terms of between 2.5 years and 4.5 years. Mr Putin, who is in the final days of his third term before his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, won with almost 77 percent of the vote.  Before his reelection, Mr Putin had secured his place in Russian history as the nation’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. He has been in power since 2000.



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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny among more than 1,600 arrested during anti-Putin protests 

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny among more than 1,600 arrested during anti-Putin protests Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of his supporters were arrested in central Moscow on Saturday during nationwide rallies against President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fourth term in office.  Police grabbed Mr Navalny, 41, soon after he showed up at the rally in Pushkin Square, as some shouted "Shame" in Ukrainian, a famous slogan of the Kiev uprising that ousted a Kremlin-backed regime in 2014.  More than 700 people were arrested in Moscow, where riot police were seen beating protesters with truncheons and dragging them into police vans. Tear gas was also briefly used, according to reports. A helicopter hovered overhead in an apparent bid to drown out chants. Similar demonstrations were organised in cities across Russia, with more than 1,600 people detained by police by early evening according to the OVD-Info independent monitor.  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a protest rally ahead of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration ceremony, Moscow Credit: Reuters Mr Navalny, who was barred from challenging Mr Putin in the March presidential election, had called on Russians to stage the rallies under the slogan "Not our Tsar." Along with opposition leader Nikolai Lyaskin, Mr Navalny was detained “for organising an unauthorised public event,” according to a police statement cited in local news reports. An official count by Moscow police put the size of the rally at least 1,500 people. They warned they would use force and "impact munition" against the demonstrators. Scuffles also broke out between Mr Navalny's supporters and pro-Kremlin activists who descended into the square in an apparent effort to sabotage the opposition demonstration. A fighter of National Liberation Movement pushes a protester down, during clashes at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin Credit: AP Saturday's demonstration was the first major event organised by Mr Navalny since the presidential election on March 18, which the opposition leader encouraged voters to boycott. "Craven old man Putin thinks he is a tsar," Navalny said on Twitter ahead of the demonstrations. Authorities in some Russian cities issued permits for demonstrations, though many did not and mass arrests ensued.  In Saint Petersburg, several thousand people marched along Nevsky Prospect, the city's main thoroughfare, chanting "Putin is a thief" and "Down with the tsar". When police tried to stop the unsanctioned march, protesters pelted them with eggs and water bottles, an AFP reporter said. More than 200 were arrested.  In the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, more than 160 people were detained by mid-afternoon. In Yakutsk, some 75 were reported arrested. Russian police detain a protester at a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in Pushkin Square in Moscow Credit: AP Observers had expressed fears that the protests could lead to mass arrests after similar rallies in 2012 led to a huge crackdown on the protest movement. In May 2012, tens of thousands took to the streets to protest Mr Putin's inauguration for a third Kremlin term, with rallies descending into clashes with police. Criminal charges were brought against around 30 demonstrators and many of them were sentenced to prison terms of between 2.5 years and 4.5 years. Mr Putin, who is in the final days of his third term before his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, won with almost 77 percent of the vote.  Before his reelection, Mr Putin had secured his place in Russian history as the nation’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. He has been in power since 2000.



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Dozens of opposition protesters arrested in Armenia

Dozens of opposition protesters arrested in ArmeniaDozens were arrested as hundreds of opposition supporters staged sit-ins and attempted to block road traffic in Armenia’s capital Friday to protest ex-president Serzh Sarkisian’s election as prime minister. Many of the demonstrators waved national flags and held up placards reading “Sarkisian is a dictator”. Some attempted to block roads in response to repeated calls by the leader of the protests, opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan to paralyse traffic.



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Hundreds of opposition protesters arrested in Armenia

Hundreds of opposition protesters arrested in ArmeniaTens of thousands protested in Armenia’s capital on Friday against what they say is a power-grab by ex-president Serzh Sarkisian, as police arrested more than 230 people. For the past week, opposition supporters have held mass rallies to denounce Sarkisian’s efforts to remain in power as prime minister after a decade serving as president. On Friday, demonstrators waved national flags and held up placards reading “Sarkisian is a dictator” as protests in the impoverished former Soviet country went into their eighth day.



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Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in California

Opposition to immigrant sanctuary spreading in CaliforniaSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — More local governments in California are resisting the state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, and political experts see politics at play as Republicans try to fire up voters in a state where the GOP has grown weak.



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