Turkish Opposition Leader Supports Ankara’s Decision to Buy Russian S-400 Systems

On Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced that Ankara had received the first batch of S-400 system components from Russia. Another batch was delivered to Turkey earlier on Saturday. “If Turkey’s past desire to purchase Patriots [US-made missile defence systems] was not met, of course, it will pursue other options to ensure its security,” Kilicdaroglu said as quoted by the Anadolu news agency, commenting on Turkey’s decision to buy S-400 systems. Pointing to Turkey’s special strategic position in the region, the lawmaker stressed that ensuring security was a necessity for the country.…

US Census 2020: Trump Retreats On Citizenship Question

President Donald Trump will no longer pursue adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 US census questionnaire. Instead, he said he had directed officials to obtain the information through an executive order for government agencies, as court challenges would have delayed a census. “We will leave no stone unturned,” Mr Trump said. The retreat follows a long fight over the inclusion of the question, which the Supreme Court had blocked in June. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States…

Boris Johnson Refuses To Answer Questions About ‘Row With Partner’

Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions about reports of a row between him and his partner in which police were called. Speaking at a Tory Party hustings in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said people did not “want to hear” about the reported row between him and Carrie Symonds. The Guardian had said Ms Symonds was heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”. Police said they spoke to all occupants of the address, who were safe and well. In the first of 16 hustings…

Hong Kong Protesters Block Access To Government Headquarters

Hong Kong, China –  Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong have blocked access to government headquarters and legislature forcing the city authorities to delay debate over a controversial extradition bill. Black-shirted protesters wearing helmets and goggles taunted police outside the Legislative Council (Legco) on Wednesday, as they descended on the streets against the bill which, critics say, will undermine the city’s civil freedoms. By 8.30 in the morning local time, the roads and pedestrian overpasses surrounding the legislature building in the heart of the city were crowded with thousands of protesters, ringed in by…

Sudan Crackdown: All The Latest Updates

Ethiopian envoy says protesters agree to suspend civil disobedience campaign in exchange for concessions from military. Sudanese security forces attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital, Khartoum, killing dozens of people. The assault on June 3 marked the worst violence in Sudan since the April 11 overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir. The security forces’ bloody dispersal of the weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum drew sharp condemnation from the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and others.  Protest leaders, who are seeking a speedy transition to civilian rule, called the raid a…

Donald Trump To Arrive At Stansted Airport For UK State Visit

US President Donald Trump will arrive in the UK on Monday morning for a three-day official state visit. Air Force One is expected to land at London Stansted Airport at 09:00 BST. The Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening for the president and the First Lady Melania Trump. Protests are planned across the UK during the visit – including rallies in London, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham. Ahead of his visit, President Trump told The Sun he was backing Tory leadership contender Boris Johnson to be…

Joko Widodo Re-Elected As President In Indonesia

Joko Widodo has been re-elected as Indonesia’s president after last month’s vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto. The result was released a day ahead of schedule in the early hours of Tuesday, amid fears of violent unrest. Around 32,000 security personnel were deployed across the capital Jakarta, AFP news agency reports. Mr Prabowo, 67, has not yet confirmed if he will challenge the result in court. Ahead of the final tally he had alleged “widespread cheating” and warned of potential street protests. In 2014 Mr Prabowo lost a court challenge…

Venezuela Crisis: Dozens Injured In Clashes In Caracas

A woman was shot dead and dozens injured in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday, in clashes between opposition supporters and pro-government forces. Tear gas and water cannon were fired by the military amid rival demonstrations. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for those responsible for the death of a 27-year-old woman to be found. Meanwhile, Mr Guaidó called for a series of strikes to force President Nicolás Maduro to relinquish power. He urged public employees to act on Thursday, saying the stoppages would lead to a general strike. Mr Guaidó…

Donald Trump’s State Visit To The UK Set For 3 June

US President Donald Trump will make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June, Buckingham Palace has announced. The president and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests of the Queen and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since the D-Day landings. He will also have official talks with the prime minister at Downing Street. Mr Trump previously met the Queen at Windsor Castle when he came to the UK in July 2018 on a working visit. The White House said the upcoming…

PM Modi Has Installed Cameras To Monitor Voting

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has installed cameras in polling booths and will know who voted for the Congress, a lawmaker of the ruling BJP has said in Gujarat, adding another to a series of recent comments seen as attempts to intimidate voters. Ramesh Katara, a BJP legislator from Fatehpura, is on camera making the comment while campaigning for the national polls at a village in Dahod constituency on Tuesday. “You’ll see the photo of Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor (BJP candidate from Dahod) and lotus symbol on the EVM (electronic…